We can't do much about the weather, but we can adapt our skincare routine to help prevent dull skin and dryness.
“The main issue in winter is lack of humidity as cold air is drier than warm air,” says cosmetic dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting. “Swap long, hot baths for shorter showers as hot water dehydrates skin. Choose a soap-free cleanser as soap leaves skin dry and dull.”
At Eau Thermale Avène, pharmacist Bao-Tam Phan says moisturising is the key to radiant skin. “Once the temperature drops, switch to a slightly richer moisturiser, whatever your skin type.” Ingredients to look out for include glycerine, shea butter, grape seed oil, hyaluronic acid, soy, urea and omega oils.
“Consider using a serum under your moisturiser to add an extra layer of hydration without making skin greasy,” says Bao-Tam Phan. “And choose a creamier, gentler cleanser during the winter.”
UVA levels are just as high in winter, so it’s important to pick a moisturiser with sunscreen to protect your skin.