Features , 19 February 2016

Saving Face: 6 Ways To Beat Dry Winter Skin

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If your skin has taken a battering from the icy temperatures and biting winds this week then give it the TLC it deserves by intensifying your skin care routine and swapping some of your current products for more intensive ones. Spring is just around the corner but in the meantime follow our 6 step guide to help protect your face against the elements.

 

Washed Out
Leave the foaming face wash on the shelf (as they can strip skin of natural oils) and reach for a cleansing oil/cream/balm. Try any of the following for squeaky clean but soft skin. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is rich in vitamins and antioxidants great for removing make-up without drying out skin. Cult fave Eve Lom Cleanser is TLC in a jar. REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk is my personal favourite, it is rich and gentle and works great on my sensitive skin.

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Scrubs
Amped up central heating can leave skin dry, dull and uneven so it is important to use a facial exfoliator. By unblocking pores and removing dead skin you clear the path for all your other lotions and potions to get to work deep beneath the surface.  Exfoliating really is the key to keeping your skin fresh looking, however, darker skin tones can suffer from hyperpigmentation so don’t use any thing too abrasive, try any of the below gentle options, sparingly for cleaner more radiant skin. Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator, Antonia Burrell Luminous Light Polishing Powder or Body Shop Aloe Gentle Exfoliator.

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Pour It Up
It’s all about keeping skin hydrated, that cracked leather look is only chic on an accessory. Intensify your routine with a souped up serum. Serums are great for targeting your specific skin care concerns. Dehydration is the fastest cause of ageing Khiel’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate ‘addresses age-related dehydration’ and Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster is quickly becoming my can’t-live-without product. Supercharge your skin with REN  Keep Young And Beautiful Firming and Smoothing Serum  ‘for dramatically smoother and tighter skin’.

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Moisturise
Upgrade your moisturiser to something richer and more nourishing, we recommend any of these thirst quenching creams. Jurlique Moisture Replenishing Day Cream, This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up, Origins Make A Difference Over Night Hydrating Repair Cream.

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Masking it
Take the time out each week and treat yo’ self to a hydrating face mask. Masks can be intensively nourishing and deeply hydrating, great for breathing new life into  dry stressed skin.Sarah Chapman 3D Moisture Infusion, Liz Earle Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask, Khiel’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque.

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Read My Lips
Act now as the situation can get to critical status real quick! And what ever you do, stay away from petroleum! Speaking as a recovering Vaseline addict it’s just a vicious cycle. Try Balance Me Stellar Balm, Dr Jackson Coconut Melt, Bobbi Brown Lip Balm.

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By Abisoye Odugbesan

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