As temperatures plummet, and we go from autumn into winter, our skin often bears the brunt.

Faced with blustery winds and an icy chill, and these elements combined with central heating and hot baths or showers, can lead to dry, dehydrated skin that need a bit of TLC.

However there are preventative measures you can take to keep it hydrated, supple and as healthy as possible. Check out our guide below

1. A Second Cleanser

Cleansing your face twice at night, is the most important part of your skincare routine. Your first cleanse removes your makeup and SPF. Whilst your second cleanse, cleanses your actual skin once you've got all the gunk off it. If you don't cleanse effectively those expensive serums and moisturisers aren't gonna be as effective.

2. Hyaluronic Acid

Fine lines can become more noticeable in the winter when we are exposed to severe temperatures, central heating and dehydration. Hyaluronic acid isn't as scary as it sounds, in fact it actually occurs naturally in your skin and joints, but depletes as you age. It has the ability to attract and hold large amounts of moisture, so using a Hyaluronic Acid serum before your moisture will not only boost the moisture content in your skin, it will make whatever you put on top more effective.

3. A Facial Oil

Using a facial oil a few times a week, instead of your regular moisturiser will help seal in moisture, plump the skin, protect it from environmental damage, and of course help with those pesky flaky bits of skin which crop up on your face throughout the winter months.

4. An Acid Toner

The word acid sounds scary but an acid toner aka a chemical exfoliator, is more effective than a scrub. After cleansing, apply a few drops to a cotton wool pad to help resurface your skin, remove dead cells, reduce fine lines and spot scarring. Just make sure you use an SPF under your makeup the next day as your fresh skin is more susceptible to sun damage.

5. A Face Mask

In winter we're all staying indoors more, and especially with lockdown, we all have more time on our hands to add a face mask to our routine, it will give your skin an instant boost.


Men's Skincare

Male skin is different to female skin, and needs subtly different care. Particularly in winter.

Because of testosterone, men’s skin is 25% thicker than women’s.
Men produce significantly more sebum – skin oils – than women. Which means men are more prone to oily skin, and spots.
Men’s skin has naturally higher collagen levels – which means less wrinkles and firmer skin as you age.
Don’t forget those Movember Tash's and beards. All those hair follicles on your face need particular attention and especially after shaving.

In winter it’s important not to use anything too rough on your skin. Over-exfoliating can be drying, and when the weather is cold, your skin craves moisture.

A night cream is essential for helping your skin to recover while you sleep. Night creams are generally heavier and thicker, and can sink into your skin, providing a deeper treatment than lighter day creams.

Don’t forget about your daily moisturiser. In winter this is especially important, you want to be lathering some of this on your skin every morning before you leave the house.