With the wind howling and it getting darker and darker in the mornings, it’s pretty clear that winter is now well and truly here in Blightly.
I’m pretty sure you’re all getting out your woolly knits, scarves, coats and hats now, however, as well as changing your wardrobe, it is also important that your adapt your skincare to the seasons too.
Check out my five tips to get keep your skin smooth and supple throughout the winter period.
1. Go for a more heavy-duty moisturiser
With the strong winds and cold temperatures, it is really easy for your skin to dry out in the winter season. This is why it is important that you ensure your skin is moisturised thoroughly so it doesn’t become sore and flaky. Unlike summer, when you will want a light moisturiser to reduce grease, you will want a much more nourishing product. I recommend No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Day Cream for your face, which has been designed to maintain elasticity and protect your skin from the environment. For the body, I love the Sanctuary Spa Body Butter, which is packed with cocoa butter and creamy shea butter.
2. Still keep up the SPF
Although you may think it’s time to put away the sunscreen, it’s actually important to keep up your SPF coverage in the winter. This is because your skin can still be damaged from UV rays, even though it may not be sunbathing weather. Try and go for a foundation that has SPF care in it such as Clarins Extra Comfort Foundation SPF15 or go for a BB cream like Garnier Skin Perfector BB Cream which already has it built in. If you prefer to go make-up free or you are using a foundation that doesn’t have SPF, then it may be an idea to invest in Piz Buin Ultra Light Dry Face Fluid SPF15, which gives you that protection. The product also dries straight away, so your face won’t be left greasy.
3. Invest in a good lip balm
Again, with the temperature dropping it is easy for the lips to become dry and chapped if you don’t invest in a good lip balm. I recommend Carmex Moisturizing Vanilla Lip Balm SPF 15. This helps leave you lips supple and the vanilla flavour is delish’. The SPF also gives you extra protection from UV rays.
4. Go for a festive face pack
As I said above, it’s important to step up your moisturisation in the winter. This is especially true for you face as this is the area that will be most exposed to the weather. To make sure you are as supple as can be, why not invest in a moisturising face mask, such as Superfacialist Rose Intense Moisture Mask, or if you’re even more serious, go for Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask.
5. Don’t forget your hands
As well as your face, your hands can get very dry and chapped if they aren’t looked after properly during the winter season, so much so that they may even crack and bleed if you’re not careful. To avoid this, try Soap & Glory’s Hand Food Hand Cream Pump. You could also invest in the brand’s miniature version of the cream to keep in your handbag.
So there you have it – your guide to the perfect supple winter skin!
The thing is, I’d tried tinted moisturisers before and didn’t really think that much of them. This was because I felt like they didn’t give enough coverage, were too greasy and it felt like I was moisturising make-up into my face basically.
However, these BB creams are a lot more than just tinted moisturisers. They are beauty balms which combine serum, moisturiser, primer, foundation and sunblock all into one product. Clever huh?!
So, unlike the tinted moisturisers, which do actually end up rubbing foundation into your skin, this product will protect you as the primer in the product acts as a shield against the foundation being absorbed, however the serum in the cream still leaves your face hydrated. What’s more, the product has SPF which means you are protected from the sun too!
I decided to try Garnier‘s BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector as I also use their face moisturiser and gradual tan lotion & I love both of these products. I have to say, once again, they’ve created a great product that I really love.
The cream glides on easily, provides great coverage, makes my skin look healthy and glowing (without looking shiny) and last all day. Obviously, there are some days that you want to wear full foundation, such as when you are going on a night out. However, for everyday use, this product is perfect and makes you feel like you are still being good to your skin when you are wearing it.
It is also perfectly for sunny city breaks, where you are walking in the sun, but won’t be jumping in a pool every five seconds, as it contains SPF 15 and isn’t greasy whatsoever. Being an all-in-one cream also means that it saves space in your make-up bag & means you don’t have to spend out on lots of different products – what a result!
The Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector is available in two different shades and is £7.99 for a 50ml bottle in Superdrug.
Let me know what you think of BB creams; they’ve certainly won me around – especially this one!