Simple ways to improve the condition of winter skin – guaranteed!

Misia at Soothe

Our skin is sensitive to environmental changes, so when the temperature drops and the heating goes on, our skin can suffer!

The drop in humidity , harsh winter winds, cold temperatures & moisture-sucking central heating can play havoc with our skin. You may experience dry, flaky skin, and more redness and irritability. Thankfully, there are lots of small changes you can make quickly and easily that will really help improve the condition of your winter skin.

repair your skin’s natural barrier – it’s easier than it sounds!

Our skin barrier protects us from pollutants and irritants and works hard to retain moisture. In winter, we can experience a breaking down of this barrier – but it’s possible to rebuild it!

Boost moisture retention – although hyaluronic acid is great at boosting and retaining skin moisture, I would also suggest including an occlusive ingredient such as squalane or shea butter, which works even harder for your skin in winter months. Ceramides are also key in helping prevent moisture loss.

Foaming cleansers and face washes can be very drying, so during the winter months when skin is prone to dryness anyway, consider switching to an oil or cream based cleanser. You’ll find that these are gentler and more nourishing for your skin. I love the Gentle Cleasing Milk & Gentle Make-Up Remover from Estime & Sens.

I wouldn’t advise completely changing your skincare routine each season, but sometimes our skin does need a helping hand to deal with external changes. Winter is a great time to introduce a richer moisturiser or serum for a powerful, concentrated boost of hydration, which is just what our thirsty skin needs at this time of year. The SKN-RG Cellular Repair Moisturiser is powerful yet gentle on your skin; it boost hydration whilst also treating signs of ageing.

Have you ever had a skin peel? Our AlumierMD peels are a gentle, effective way to help the skin’s barrier; they tackle redness and irritation, boost hydration and encourage a glowing, smoother complexion.

Winter is the perfect time for peels – although there is no downtime, your skin may be slightly sun-sensitive immediately after the treatment, so it’s a great idea to go home and snuggle up with a good book or tv show!

At Soothe, we can create a peel with impact by tailoring the ingredients to your skin’s needs; we believe in repeated treatments for progressive and gradual results, and to avoid the side effects and downtime associated with deeper peels.

Before and after skin peel

Care for chapped lips and dry hands

We are washing our hands more than ever these days and when our lips feel dry, we automatically go to lick them; both these actions can really damage the top layer of our skin, causing dryness and sometimes even bleeding.

Of course, it makes sense to always have a good quality lip balm and hand cream in your handbag or within easy reach at home.

  • Look for soothing, moisturising ingredients such as shea butter and jojoba oil.
  • Remember to wear gloves when you’re outside during winter.
  • Consider the cosmetics you choose to use on your lips, as some lip colours can be drying.
  • Try our Seoulista Rosy Hands Instant Manicure; it’s a real treat for your hands, with a rich serum to protect and moisturise.

Adopt these daily habits

With just a little thought and a few minutes each day, you really can make a meaningful difference to the condition of your skin. If you do nothing else, simply introducing some of these small daily habits should help keep your skin nourished and soothed this winter:

  • Apply moisturiser to your body immediately after bathing or showering to help lock in moisture.
  • When bathing or showering ensure the water isn’t too hot, as this can dry out skin.
  • Dry your skin by patting or blotting it rather than scrubbing it with a towel, to avoid trauma to the skin.
  • Although exfoliating your skin helps to brighten it and improves tone & texture, it is possible to over-exfoliate; this is especially true in winter when the cold weather makes skin more sensitive.
  • Always use sunscreen, even in winter. I would always advise using a separate SPF, rather than relying on a moisturiser that contains SPF; they can be relatively ineffective, often not containing UVA protection and being impractical to reapply once you have put on your make up. Daily SPF can be very light (I don’t advise using a holiday-type product) – ask us about Noon and Alumier options, which are only available to buy in the spa.
  • Drink plenty of water to maintain hydration throughout the day.