Central heating, cold weather, low light – and too much indulgence! – can lead to a skincare nightmare, but don’t send out an SOS just yet.
Here, beauty therapist Lisa-de-la-Plain, co-founder of Beauty Flash, shares her hints and tricks for treating sensitive winter skin.
It’s natural to reach for lotions and potions to clear up any blemishes, but Lisa advises a gentle touch to avoid any further damage.
She said: “The first step in any skincare routine is cleansing and it’s worth renewing your cleanser in winter to avoid stripping your skin of much-needed moisture.
“Avoid products containing soap and fragrance, and switch to a gentle cleanser like Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm (£42).
“The balm-to-oil formula melts through layers of makeup, sunscreen and pollutants without disturbing the skin’s barrier, for an effective, nourishing cleanse.”
Lisa explained: “We know the importance of moisturising, but sensitive skin needs a little more TLC during winter.
“Try layering hydrating products with hyaluronic acid, such as Decleor’s Antidote Serum (£48), to restore your glow and protect against the harsh elements.
“Serum is an easy way to boost your skincare routine – just apply before your regular moisturiser to instantly experience plumper, softer skin.”
Mask the problem
If your skin needs a hydration boost, Lisa recommends popping on a sheet mask to get your skin back to its former glory.
“They work by helping the skin absorb a higher concentration of instantly plumping and hydrating ingredients, and they are great to use before a special night out,” she explained.
“Try a mask enriched with minerals and hyaluronic acid, like the Medik8 Ultimate Recovery Bio-Cellulose Mask (£60 for six).
“It rejuvenates the skin leaving it supple, dewy and refreshed – it’s the perfect pick-me-up after all the festive celebrations, too.”
Cool and calm
Lisa said: “Although it can be tempting to crank up the heat on a cold winter day, hot showers are a common source of skin sensitivity. So, use a lukewarm setting to avoid stripping away surface oils.”
As well as using repairing beauty products, Lisa also advises avoiding harsh chemicals in washing powder, too. She said: “Opt for hypo-allergenic detergents. Many people are sensitive to the chemicals found in artificial fragrances and dyes, so choose a natural option without these irritants or even try making your own.”
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