Start the year as you mean to go on, with a winter regime to take care of your skin.
Our founder Lynne makes it easy. Here she unlocks the secrets of skincare.
Why does skin feel dry in the winter?
Even in the relatively humid climate of the UK, there is less moisture in the air at lower temperatures and what natural oil you have can be removed by the wind. Once inside, central heating encourages evaporation without replacing any moisture. Both make your skin feel dry and tight, and can make it look flaky, red and chapped.
What is the best moisturiser for the cold weather?
Skin Comfort intense repair cream is my absolute winter favourite. I created it to be a one-stop lifesaver, that was rich and yet refreshing. Natural wonder-ingredients Jojoba Oil and Cocoa Butter deliver moisture, then Lanolin keeps it there, preventing chapping. Antioxidants Green Tea and Echinacea and pro-collagen peptides ensure the skin is actively fortified. Use it at night, in the morning, on your hands and face, and you’ll instantly notice the difference.
Combine this in your routine with Rose Elixir nourishing facial oil to maximise antioxidant benefits. The petal and fruit of the Damask Rose give the ultimate soothing, skin-refining essential oils and reduce redness. This is also a lovely option if you have naturally oilier skin. Just mix a couple of drops with your Rose Dew hyaluronic primer for a soft glow that resists the cold.
What about my lips?
Chapped lips are very frustrating, especially if you love lipstick. Firstly, it’s essential to check the ingredients of your lip products to ensure they don’t contain mineral oils or silica. These cause dehydration, making damage worse.
When I created our lipsticks, I was determined we shouldn’t have to choose between colour and skincare. So I used natural vegetable oils, and put some of my favourite skincare benefits into our colourful, preservative-free lipsticks. But for deep nourishment without tint I created Rose Hydrabalm with soothing, restorative rose essential oil as well as naturally protective beeswax.
Choose the right moisturisers, but it’s very important to also avoid sulphate-based detergents in winter. Glycerine soaps are far kinder. Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulphates (SLS and SLES) strip the skin of oils so effectively, that over the course of several hand-washes our hands are left defenceless. At Cosmetics à la Carte we avoid sulphates in all our products for this reason.
Ask Lynne for the scientist’s perspective on the best winter skincare for you. Email [email protected] with your questions.