Beauty SOS: How To Fix Dry Winter Skin
BEAUTY SOS: Fix Dry Winter Skin >>
It seems to have been one of the coldest winters EVER and although spring is on it's way the temperatures are still icy. When your skin decides to rebel, it can be something of a wintery nightmare. The cold elements and central heating can wreak havoc on normally well-behaved complexions, and crank problem skin up to the max. Whether it's a full-blown breakout or some serious dehydration, you needn't panic - we've managed to grab some tips from industry pros, beauty bloggers and Grazia's own veteran beauty team to provide you with a guide for steering skin back to it's glowing, gorgeous self. Look through the gallery to see our tips to tackling dry winter skin...
- By Daniela Morosini of Couture and Crumpets
Blogger Kit Lee from Style Slicker
'I tend to have severe, flaky lips in the Winter especially when I'm outdoor. To protect my lips, I exfoliate my lips using a tooth brush (not the one you use for your teeth) with a dab of vaseline, rub gently in circular motion. For long lasting protection, I apply Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream on my lips as an alternative to lip balm, and it works!'
Isabelle Benoix, Business Scientific Manager, Institut Estederm
'During Winter, our blood prioritisies supporting the internal, vital organs with less focus on supporting the skin surface. Skin microcirculation is therefore reduced, resulting in disrupted skin cells, slower metabolism, and accumulation of toxins – causing breakouts. Pure Systems Pore Refiner Concentrate contains concentrated agaric plant acid to tighten pores and cellular water to re energise the skin cells and encourage regeneration.'
Grazia's Beauty Director Liz Hambleton
'Add another layer to your daily skincare regime to give your skin the extra support it needs. If you’re a moisturiser only kinda girl then you may want to think about adding a nourishing oil as a first step. I can vouch for the hydrating and protective powers of Clarins Blue Orchid Facial Oil, £30 . If you prefer a serum and can’t cope with adding an extra layer of moisturiser before you apply your base switch from a foundation to a more hydrating tinted moisturiser. Lancôme Hydrazen Tinted Moisturiser, £28 is a true skin saver'
Blogger Kate Johnson, gh0stparties.com
'If you're prone to blemishes in winter, it's important to keep skin hydrated - whether it's oily or not. Pick a hydrating moisturiser that isn't too rich and add a nourishing treatment too, like Origins Make A Difference Skin Rejuvenating Treatment. Oily and blemish prone skin can also be dehydrated so keep this in mind when selecting skincare.'
Grazia's Beauty Editor Lauren Murdoch Smith's Tips
'As soon as the nights draw in my face oils come out! Darphin have a great range to suit all. Darphin’s 8 Flower Nectar, £91 is pricey but it’s worth investing in a good quality essential oil. Plus a little goes a long way. Dispel all thoughts about greasy skin, oil will actually benefit your skin no matter what your skin type by helping to rebalance your natural oils as well as working on your wrinkles. However, if you just can’t get your head around oils, try Decleor’s Hydra Floral Flower Nectar Moisturing Cream, £39.50. It cleverly keeps skin hydrated throughout the day by drip-feeding moisture into your skin when it needs it! Genius.'
Marielle Alix, Head Therapist, REN
'Switch to a gentler skincare routine: avoid all products containing harsh ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide or too much salicylic acid which would be too drying. Stick to clean formulas such as the ones from REN Skincare. You may want to use the ClearCalm 3 range which gently looks after the skin’s ecosystem whilst mopping up excess sebum.
The ClearCalm 3 Clarity Restoring Mask helps heal the skin with its minerals, in particular Sulphur, also known as the “beauty mineral”. If due to the harsh elements, your skin is sensitised, try the REN Hydracalm range, starting with their Cleansing Gel or even Milk. And at night, apply 2 drops of the REN Omega 3 Overnight Repair Serum on clean skin. All will miraculously help soothe and balance the skin, without making it excessively oily.
Don’t forget to hydrate from outside too – drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and green juices or smoothies to give your skin super healing minerals, vitamins and EFA’s. Add cold pressed oils such as walnut or flaxseed to your soups or salads for an extra boost of anti-inflammatory Omega 3’s. And if your skin really acts angry, add MSM – the sulphur molecule - to your daily regime of supplements.'
REN ClearCalm 3 Clarity Restoring Mask, £30,