We all know that our wardrobe and diet changes significantly during winter (hello, leather boots and slow cookers!), but you might not realise that the change in season means it’s also time for an overhaul of your skin regime. I had a chat to leading skincare expert and Managing Director of Skinstitut, Fiona Tuck, to get the inside word on how to create complexion perfection.
Fiona explains that during the cooler months, skin can become dry because of the cold, dry air, over-heated offices and a heavier diet. So, step away from the harsh cleansers and astringent toners and take heed the top 3 products to brighten up this winter:
Fiona recommends incorporating a calming, hydrating antioxidant cleanser to remove makeup and grime, without stripping the skin of its natural oils.
Real-life review: This cleanser foams easily with warm water and is so gentle, you can use it to remove eye and lip make-up. The lightly scented formula was hydrating and unlike other products, didn’t leave my skin with a tight, dry feeling.
A gentle exfoliant with added vitamins is essential to keep your skin glowing and remove the build-up of dry, flaky scales.
Real-life review: From my very first use of this product, I noticed an immediate difference in my skin. Redness subsided, pimples cleared up and skin tone was brightened. This product is now a staple in my bathroom cabinet!
Finish you routine with a super intensive, hydrating balm that moisturises and repairs. Opt for products that are vitamin rich and contain ceramides – which act as a barrier, protecting the skin from any chemicals it may come in contact with.
Real-life review: This balm was thick and decadent, without being greasy. The added Shea butter left my skin smelling good enough to eat and it was a great post-exfoliation finisher. However, this may not be a good product for people with acne or super oily skin.
To achieve beautiful skin all-year round, it is important to protect and nourish the body – both inside and out, explains Fiona.
To complement your new skin care routine, try Fiona’s expert tips:
For more information on skincare, visit www.skinstitut.com