How to care for your skin this Winter

This post was written in collaboration with Lancôme. 
I don’t know about you, but whenever the seasons change, my skin does so too. Whereas in Summer my skin is highly oily and blemish-prone, in Winter my skin gets a lot drier and tighter. Thanks to the cold weather, of course. It’s important to adjust your skin care routine to the temperatures and to help you out with picking the right things out, here’s my guide to how to care for your skin in Winter.

 

HYDRATION

 

The most obvious but also the most important step, is hydration. Even if your face doesn’t feel too dry or tight, the ambient humidity in the air in lower than in Summer and that has effect on your skin. Next to that we often turn the temperature of our shower water up in the colder months and add inside heating to that, and we have a skin craving moisture. Remember to drink enough water, even though you’re probably not feeling the need to. Invest in a good facial moisturizer (I like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream) and a body moisturizer (Lush do really great ones, like Sleepy) and quench your skin in it twice a day. Try to not make your shower or bathwater too hot because that dehydrates your skin even more, and apply your moisturizer right after getting out of the water to get the most out of it.
 

 

SPF

 

Yep, SPF. Even in Winter. Using sun protection on a daily basis through the seasons is something I’ve only starting doing recently and it makes me feel guilty about all those years that I haven’t. Let me state this: if it’s light outside, that means the sun is out. And when the sun is out, UV-rays are harming your skin. It’s a little thing to add a bit of SPF to your skin care routine in Winter as well yet it’s a big thing for your skin’s health, as it protects you both from long-term damage and early signs of ageing.

 

EXFOLIATION

 

Especially if you want to get the most out of your moisturizing routine, you need to help your skin slough off its dead cells. Exfoliation is the best way to do this. There are several ways to exfoliate your skin, with a physical exfoliation or a chemical one for instance. A physical exfoliator can be a scrub with grains or a dry brush. Chemical exfoliators use acids to help with cell turnover, like peels and acid toners (I use the Alpha H Liquid Gold and the Pixi Glow Tonic).
 

 

TENDER LOVING CARE

 

Last but definitely not least, your skin deserves some TLC in the colder months. I really like to invest in rich, hydrating masks and some extra skin care routine steps to keep my skin happy and quenched. This Winter I’m using the luxurious Lancôme Absolue Precious Cells lotion and mask that focus more than ever on the legendary Lancôme rose.

 

The Masque Nourrissant et Revitalisant and the Lotion Revitalisant à la Rose are the newest additions to the Lancôme Absolue Precious Cells ritual. They’re suitable for every skin type and just as gentle and rich as the previously launched products. But they focus mainly on refreshing and on delivering a sensorial pleasure – and my God, they do. The rose nectar is very present in both the fragrance and the softness of the products.
       

 

 

 

I like to use the lotion right after cleansing my face and before applying serum or moisturizer to boost their effect and add a little extra glow to my routine. I simply put it on my fingers, rub them together and pat the product all over my face (patting and pushing onto your face is the best way to apply a super liquid product like this). Once or twice a week, after a really cold day and when my skin is feeling a little bit tight and tired, I use the revitalising mask to quench my face in hydration. I leave it on for as long as possible. That way, you really feel your skin drinking up all the moisture and enjoying all the boosting ingredients and the mask perfectly sinks away into your thirsty cells. I wash the little bit of residue that’s left behind off right before bed and my skin is glowing and super soft.

 

 

 

The lotion and mask are not only a pleasure for your skin but for your olfactory sense as well. I find the pure, slightly perfumed rose scent one that really calms my senses and it’s a luxurious way to end your day – or to start it, because the lotion is perfect to be used in the morning as well.

 

How are you keeping your skin happy this Winter?

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