With colder weather on the way, we know that autumn and winter can have a serious impact on your skin. Over the summer months, we’re all outdoors for longer periods of time and able to soak up the goodness of sunshine, but once autumn sets in, the incentive to get out into the fresh air diminishes and lower temperatures can lead to dry and cracked skin. That’s why keeping on top of a healthy skin care regime becomes all the more important once the weather turns.
If you struggle with your skin over the autumn and winter, you’re far from alone. Thankfully help is at hand. We asked some of the Sika’a team to share their top skin tips for the colder months and let us in on the secrets of their bathroom cabinets and makeup bags.
Millie’s top tip is hydration because your skin can quickly dry out in colder weather.
“Skin hydration is crucial, so keep drinking water! My skin is quite sensitive, so I always make sure I take my make-up off at the end of the day and only use very light moisturisers – the fewer ingredients, the better. Over the autumn and winter, I like to add a night cream into my regime. A particular favourite is Garnier’s Moisture Bomb Night Cream, which is nice and soothing. I’m also a big fan of the InkeyList’s hyaluronic acid serum and their vitamin C cream, both of which leave my skin looking brighter and fresher.”
For Ahnees, it’s all about hydrated skin and moisturisers.
“The best thing you can do is moisturise, so go for the thicker stuff in winter. Hyaluronic acid and Weleada Skinfood are great for keeping your skin deeply hydrated, so definitely invest in them if you want to look your best. I also tend to use lip balm everywhere – not just lips but eyebrows and those places where my skin dries out quickest. One of my favourite go-to products is NUXE Reve de Miel. Also try and use face oils for nails and hands, because hands can begin to dry out and crack in the cold.”
Like Ahnees, Alma likes to make her hands a priority.
"My hands and the skin around my joints can dry out so fast, which is why I use Neutrogena hand cream and E45 everywhere! I insist on moisturising my knees and elbows as well as my hands because they can get chapped too. You can easily find Neutrogena hand cream and E45 in your supermarket, Boots or Superdrug.”
Raluca believes one of the best things you can do is look at your diet.
“I’m from Italy, where everything is home-cooked and fresh – that’s brilliant for your skin. Try and include more red fruits in your diet if you can, because they’re packed full of those good vitamins which your skin is crying out for. I also try and avoid alcohol, which we all know causes dehydration and poor sleep, neither of which is good for your skin. Sleep is a big thing for me, so I’m all tucked up before midnight to give my skin a chance to breathe and repair. I love the No7 range of products, particularly the Hydra Luminous Overnight Recovery Gel, which I buy from Boots and apply every single night before bed.”
Tatenda’s skin care regime also involves moisturising and hydration as top priorities.
“You should really be making sure you drink plenty of water. If you’re not a fan of plain water then you can get all sorts of flavour infusers to make it a bit more interesting, which is what I like to do these days – check out the range from Twinings. I’m also a great believer in hyaluronic acid, which I buy as a serum from health shops on the High Street. Superdrug also does an amazing Vitamin E mist which I use daily and gives a nice dewy finish.
When it comes to moisturiser, I recommend either Clinique’s Moisture Surge Auto-Replenishing Hydrator or their Active Cartridge Concentrate. The Active Cartridge cream acts as both a moisturiser and reduces the appearance of flaws, so it’s great for daytime use.”
Autumn and winter can feel like a challenging time, and motivation can quickly tail off. It’s easy to let your skin care regime slide when the weather isn’t great, but it doesn’t have to be an uphill struggle if you find the right products and make time in your daily routine for a little self-care.
As the whole team agreed, moisturising, using overnight repair creams and staying hydrated are all key to healthier winter skin, as is watching what you eat and drink to ensure you get the vitamins and minerals so many of us lack with reduced time in the sun. It’s worth remembering just how fragile our skin can be, and how much it can crave that little bit of extra TLC in the autumn and winter. If you can follow these tips from the Sika’a team and find the products which work for you, you’re well on your way to keeping your skin in top condition as the colder months draw in on us.
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