Your Simple Guide to Switching Up Your Skincare For Winter
First things, first, it needs to be said that no matter how much you are loving what skincare you are using right now, it needs to be switched up with the change of season. Especially going from the warmer weather (May has been the warmest in years!), straight into Winter. Now, we're not suggesting you change what you are using altogether, just add to it, or switch certain products to cater to dry, Winter skin. Unless your skin type is super-oily, you will need to add heavier products for more hydration and protection. So to find out more, we spoke to Kai Vinson, Bobbi Brown's director of artistry and education, for his thoughts. . .
"My number one tip is to definitely change your skincare. Lots of women will try to choose the same moisturiser and foundation year round, but if you want your skin looking its best, you need to choose a more balmy texture and have more emollients or an oil that you can press into your skin for that added boost of moisture." We are big fans of face oils, even for oily skin. They are one of our favourite ways to nourish skin and not only does a little go a long way, but you wake up with a brighter, better complexion and your skin will feel fabulous. And by a balmy texture, Kai means swap out your lightweight moisturiser for a heavier cream, especially important at night when we need to not only hydrate our skin, but nourish and repair it, as well as protect it from losing moisture while we sleep. This is more common in Winter due to sleeping with the heating on and electric blankets that dehydrate our skin.
If you don't like the feeling of a heavier cream or oil, serums are just as effective and can be applied under your usual moisturiser to supercharge your current skincare for Winter. Serums are concentrated, lightweight products that you can buy to cater to what your skintype needs. For example, you can get hydrating serums for Winter, brightening serums for pigmentation, treatment serums for problem skin, and the list goes on.
"It's also important that you are exfoliating more often," says Kai. "In Winter, dead skin builds up faster because of the change in weather, so you need to help freshen it up." But again, you don't always have to add another step to your routine. "Just mix a scrub into your current cleanser," Kai says. "And for people who don't like the physical exfoliators, you can use chemical ones with glycolic or fruit acids to wash your face in the morning.
Lastly, "If you have really dry skin, switch up your cleanser to a balm, oil or hydrating cream cleanser," says Kai.
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