With winter approaching fast and inevitably, you have probably noticed your skin changing too. It's not uncommon for it to be feeling drier during the cold season. You can also experience some redness and flakiness, especially if you are already prone to eczema or have sensitive skin. It's now more important than ever to protect your skin's natural hydro-lipid barrier and keep moisture in.
There are a few main factors affecting your skin at this time of the year. Cold air carries a lot less humidity than warm so it can irritate your skin easily; central heating also causes air to become drier. Hibernating on your sofa until next summer is not going to help your dry skin, neither is taking lava-hot baths or showers - as lovely as it feels after time spent outdoors walking your dog, hot water can disturb natural oils protecting your skin and that eventually cause dryness.
The solution? No, you don't have to stay indoors with the heating off, waiting for spring to finally take a shower... What I think is a more appealing idea is to protect your skin with three simple steps. So here are my top picks for products that will help protect your skin against the cold weather:
Image Skincare Vital C hydrating antioxidant serum (£78 at The Hampton Clinic)
A concentrated essence for the skin infused with vitamins A, C, E, and a power blend of plant antioxidants including green tea and echinacea extracts that help to reduce visible signs of aging such as fine lines and dryness. Bearberry extract naturally helps to brighten skin’s appearance. A complex of five amino acids supports healthy collagen and elastin.
Image Skincare Ormedic balancing bio-peptide cream (£74 at The Hampton Clinic)
This repair crème boosts and balances moisture-depleted skin with botanical butters, hyaluronic acid and organic plant oils. A unique highlighter-effect peptide brings renewed clarity and uniformity to the skin. A comprehensive formula to support a healthy, dewy complexion. Featuring a soft citrus scent, this velvety crème sinks in quickly for smooth application to skin.
Image Skincare Prevention+ SPF 50 (£48 at The Hampton Clinic)
This high-level sunscreen offers effective protection against damaging UV rays. It’s an ideal choice for sports, outdoor activities and high sun exposure, yet gentle enough for post-procedure skin. It contains SPF 50 along with a blend of plant stem cells and potent antioxidants to protect skin against the effects of free radical damage caused by environmental exposure.