With winter now upon us it's so important that we make sure our skin can cope with low humidity levels that result in dry air. Combined with central heating blasting out, this steals moisture away from the skin and it starts to visibly lack luminosity. Top this off with harsh winter weather and constant changes in temperatures from indoors to out, and your skin is crying out for nourishment and protection.
It’s not all about switching up your moisturiser to a richer texture but also about putting a plan in place to keep your skin looking as good as it did in the summer months with the same radiance and hydration.
Hot showers and baths always feel good in the winter, but warm water avoids the stripping of natural oils from the skin. The skin loves a replenishing oil as it instantly recognises the texture, so switch your cleanser to a cleansing oil no matter what skin type you have. Nourishing Omega Rich Cleansing Oil blended with over 90% natural oils has been formulated to balance the skin and keep skin healthy. Winter Rose oil, Bergamot, Frankincense, Pomegranate and Mandarin make this the perfect winter choice. Massage 1-2 pumps of the lightweight oil into dry skin and then add warm water. The oil will melt into a luxurious milky lather that cleanses the skin. Simply rinse off to reveal a clear and nourished complexion.
I would also recommend applying a good moisturising facial oil under your night cream. Superfood Facial Oil (watch this space for more additions to our facial oils next year) really gets to the deepest layer of the skin, helping to restore its natural barrier. Starting this now will strengthen and prepare your skin, making it more resistant to environmental aggressors come mid-winter. For best results, warm the oil in your hands first, and then apply. In the day, I would add 1-2 pumps of SOS Emergency Cream to your existing moisturiser. The waxes in the base of this balancing, soothing treatment cream give instant protection and a softness to your skin.
Your skin not only needs more moisture, but moisture right after you wash to avoid moisture loss through evaporation. Applying moisturisers to damp skin helps seal that moisture into the skin. A little tip is to always keep your face cream, body cream or balm, and hand treatments near the bathtub or shower and use liberally every time you wash.
Glowing skin is normally harder to achieve as our summer tans are now long gone, most of us will notice our skin starting to look more lacklustre as the weeks go on and the skin texture can start to become rough. At ELEMIS, we have the perfect solution to keep the summer glow rolling into the next few months and to keep the skin supremely moisturised. The secret is our Total Glow Bronzing Moisturiser for the face. This luxurious, gradual tan day cream instantly moisturises the skin and enhances the complexion, whilst Vegetan, naturally derived from wheat, subtly builds an even, natural looking tan. It is specially formulated with anti-oxidant rich Green Tea and Ginger for a more even skin tone, whilst Evodia Fruit Extract improves luminosity. Enriched with nourishing Rice Bran Oil, skin is left feeling soft and velvety smooth, with a beautiful golden glow that creates the perfect base for make-up or it can be applied with your current moisturiser. The great news is, we also have one for the body! If your limbs need a little extra colour, use Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion before you get in that party dress.