We all have the best intentions when it comes to skincare – yes, I cleanse tone and moisturise, you told the nice lady in the spa you went to as a birthday treat, knowing fine well you have a stash of three-in-one makeup remover wipes which have got you through thick and thin. When you remember.
But sometimes it takes a little more than a quick swipe with a wipe to give your skin a boost. Whether you’re looking to avoid lines, rehydrate your face or combat blemishes, getting into a good skincare routine is important – particularly at this time of year, when your skin takes a proper battering thanks to a combination of colder temperatures, harsh winds and central heating.
So where do you start? Here’s our roundup of the best products worth checking out this season.
In the wintertime, opt for a creamier cleanser to give your skin a boost. Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is legendary – so legendary, that one is sold every 20 seconds around the world. Formulated to suit all skin types, it’ll remove all makeup, and polishing it off with a muslin cloth gets rid of any stubborn bits and dead skin.
Toning is the step we often miss out, but it’s really important – and it’s come a long way from the harsh tonics of old. These days, you can get your hands on a toner to suit all skin types, and it’s not drying like many fear. Pixi’s Glow Tonic has cult status, and for good reason – it’s a gentle toner with exfoliating properties that restores skin’s glow in the dull winter months.
Drier skin means it’s time to bring out the big boys when it comes to moisturiser! Don’t fall into the trap of using the same products year-round, especially when it comes to moisturising. Unless you’ve got oily skin, you’re going to need to get yourself a heavy-duty, creamier cream to hydrate your skin. Clinique’s Moisture Surge is a gel-cream hybrid that feels light but does lots of hard work – and it’s suitable for all skin types.
Give your skin a moisture boost with an overnight serum treatment – this serum-in-oil from the Body Shop is the exact opposite of what you’d expect – lightweight, non-greasy and super moisturising. The vitamin E is perfect for plumping winter skin, so pop it on before bed and prepare to wake up looking totally refreshed.
Knock of dead skin and deal with dry bits with a decent exfoliator. With your face, you don’t want to go for anything too rough – it’ll only hurt, and most of us would rather avoid a ruddy complexion. So step away from the apricot kernel stuff in your supermarket. Instead, look for something that’s gentle enough to be used every day – like Dermalogica’s Microfoliant. You’ll baulk at the price, but you only need a tiny sprinkle at a time, so it’ll last ages. Just sprinkle some in your palm, add a little water, rub together and gentle massage your phase. Clogged pores and flaky bits – be gone!
As the winter months get colder, you might notice your lips getting drier – so as well as making sure you’re hydrated by drinking plenty of water, invest in a good lip balm. We love Dr Lipp’s Original Nipple Balm for Lips – it really was first used as a nipple balm by breastfeeding mothers, but the super thick formula is also fantastic for a parched pout.
Your paws also tend to be a bit rougher and drier over winter – so give them a treat. L’Occitane’s hand cream is super rich and smells delightful – your colleagues will be appearing at your desk constantly as soon as they clock you have some. Enriched with shea butter, a little goes a long way with this one, so use sparingly and it’ll last you all winter long.