So it’s that time again, winter is officially here next week but we’ve already had frost and snow so I think it’s fair to say winter skincare season is already here.
The winter seasonal switch up is a little bit of a weird one. Flake face season technically begins in autumn for most of us. Going from summer to autumn feels like a huge change, gels become creams, matte becomes dewy and oily. Whereas winter skincare is more of an extension of autumnal skincare; oils are still oils, creams are still creamy but everything becomes a little heavier. And if you have dry skin like me, I imagine there’s a lot more of it.
If you don’t want to read the full thing, note the words: heavy, greasy and oily and you’re pretty much covered for the entire post.
Concentrated creams and balms
If you’re anything like me your hands and any other bits of exposed skin become chronically dry in winter and daily moisturiser before leaving the house isn’t enough. During winter I like to carry something heavier, in a travel size to pop in my handbag to help those small dry patches before they get worse. I like the superskin balm from Liz Earle or classic Eight Hour Cream for on the go touch-ups.
Oils become oilier
I use an oil in my skincare routine almost every night, all year but I save this one for winter. The Clinique Smart oil is pretty heavy duty. It’s thick and takes a while to absorb if you don’t have extremely dry skin. It claims to be for all skin types but I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone with any oiliness whatsoever as it will be responsible for some serious pore clogging.
I’ve spoken about this stuff a bunch. If the preventative measures don’t work or you didn’t start making changes soon enough, this stuff is phenomenal; and so affordable. It comes in two sizes so you could keep one in your bag or on your desk and another at home. Wind burn, dry skin, cracked skin, chapped lips – this does it all.
Our under-eyes are so sensitive that they sometimes need a little more than the rest of our face. I use a heavy eye cream all year but I’m extra careful about remembering to use it when it gets colder and my skin starts to suffer. The Kiehl’s avocado eye cream has been my long-time favourite.
Have you been making changes to your routine lately? I’d love to know what your winter essentials are!