Winter skincare secrets

Holly Willis 30 January 2015

In winter, nearly everyone’s hair and skin requires some special attention. The combination of cold weather and central heating makes skin dry and flaky, and can turn even the best-behaved hair frizzy and static. So, to beat those winter beauty woes, here are some of my favourite tips and products. And the best bit? They’re all under £10!

The most important thing to remember is to take off your make up every night. Even if you’ve stumbled in from Cindies at 2am, you’ll thank yourself for it the next morning (and in later life!). I have quite sensitive skin, so I like using a cream cleanser- my favourite is the Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Cleanser (£8.50). I strongly suggest avoiding cleansing wipes: they may be a quick fix, but they contain a lot of preservatives to stop them going mouldy which just dry out your skin even more. For eye make-up, I use Simple’s ‘Kind to Eyes’ eye make-up remover (£3.49).

Next stop, moisturiser. I have tried quite a few different moisturisers over the last few years, and the best one in my opinion is simply the Boots Essentials Cucumber Moisturising Cream (£1.50). It is reasonably thick, so it is especially good for night-time, but it is also perfect for the winter when that extra bit of moisture is needed. If you are prone to very dry skin, then look no further than the Boots Derma Care range. Their daily moisturising cream (£1.69) is especially designed for managing dry skin particularly on the hands and face, and also helps to soothe itchy skin conditions such as mild eczema which can flare up in winter.

If your skin is feeling a bit flaky, it can sometimes be a good idea to use an exfoliating scrub. As the skin on the face is very delicate, it is best to stick to exfoliators that are specifically designed for the face rather than using a grainier body scrub. With facial scrubs, a little goes a long way, so I would suggest using no more than a pea-sized amount- and don’t scrub too hard! I like The Sanctuary Radiance Exfoliator (£2.99 for 15ml).

Regarding hair, my main problem in winter is the static that comes from wearing woolly jumpers and scarves which only gets worse when I brush it! The best product I have found to combat this is the Trevor Sorbie Frizz Free Smoothing Spray (£5.70 for 200ml). Apply to wet hair before blow drying, or for a quick fix spray a little onto your hairbrush before brushing your hair. Using hair mousse can also help keep hair under control. The Boots Essentials range has a variety of products for different types of hair (all £1.10), which all work brilliantly. So now you can go out and enjoy the snow!