Winter skin care guide

Posted on: 23 December 2013 by Gareth Hargreaves

Skincare expert Nicola Doe answers questions on winter skincare.

winter skin care

Extremes of hot and cold, rain, wind and central heating all cause damage to our skin in winter, but how can we prevent lasting damage?

How Does Skincare Change In Winter?

We cover up in winter and tend to forget to care for the areas we don’t see. Our feet, for example are completely neglected during the winter months. We then have a frantic rush to get them ready for sandal season.

You need to exfoliate your body more often in winter- twice a week is good. Apply a heavier moisturiser to you face and make sure your hands are well hydrated with an intense hand cream. I also recommend wearing leather gloves when you’re outside to prevent damage.

How Can I Avoid Winter Skin Hazards?

Central heating and windburn can cause our skin to take on a high colour and become dry and chapped. To prevent this you need to exfoliate twice a week and follow with a hydrating mask to soothe the skin. Apply a rich moisturiser or facial oil before bed to nourish the skin.

For soft, cared for hands, apply lots of thick hand cream before bed and wear cotton gloves all night. In the morning your hands will be perfectly smooth and soft.

What Else Can I Do To Care For My Skin?

Continue to drink eight glasses of water every day- it’s easy to reach for the tea and coffee in cold weather but you need water for hydration.

Don’t stop your entire beauty regime just because you are covered up. If you continue all through the winter your skin will look radiant all year round and you won’t have to work so hard in the spring to catch up.

How Can I Create A Sophisticated Look For Christmas?

With make-up, keep your skin looking natural and avoid glittery or shimmering face powders- save that for your eyes. Decide to make either your eyes or your lips the focus of your look, don’t try both!

If you choose to highlight your eyes, use a light colour over the lids and up to the brow, highlight the outer corner of the eye with a darker colour to exaggerate the eye. Use an eyeliner (not black) to apply a thin line on the lid of the eye and under the eye draw a thin line halfway across the eye working from inner to outer.

If you choose to highlight your lips, keep your eye shadow muted. Apply a lip liner first and then apply at least three coats of lipstick, blotting between each application.. For a sophisticated look, wear matt and for a younger or party look, use gloss. 


How do you keep your skin healthy during winter? Do you have any skincare tips you can share?

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