Beauty Spot: Cold comfort for skin

Sarah Tolan.
Sarah Tolan.
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WHILE the weather outside may not yet be altogether frightful, the time will soon come when the icy fingers of winter will make their presence felt on your skin.

It could be that it feels tighter. Perhaps lines and wrinkles look more prominent or red patches appear. Whatever the impact, arm yourself now with products, preparing your skin for the cold and minimising its effect.

With their hydrating qualities, serums and oils are made for this time of year, particularly for mature skin. Go as expensive as your budget will allow. High-quality serums like the Lift and Firm Intensive, by ESPA, £47.50, are made with the best ingredients and shouldn’t irritate. Avoid overdoing application by always following instructions and do not rub in – press.

For those looking to top up a moisturiser but preferring to avoid serums then there are other lighter weight products out there so shop about. One I’ve recently come across is The Body Shop’s Nutriganics Drops of Youth, £22, which has the skin soothing and nourishing benefits of a serum but is light and non-sticky.

Top up skin’s moisture reserves with a mask. These ought to be used once or up to twice a week and can really make a difference to moisture levels. The Exotic Cream Moisturising Mask, £32.50, by Elemis is a current favourite of mine. Apply all over face and neck, except around the eyes and lips. Sit back and relax for 15 minutes then remove.

Alternatively, some brands such as SK-II’s Facial Treatments come as a solid mask. Packed full of hydrating goodness, place over your face for 20 minutes and let it soak into skin before removing. And be sure to press in whatever is left on skin.

With skin around the eyes being ten times thinner than elsewhere on your face, turbo boost hydration levels with dedicated eye patches. I was recently introduced to the Super Aqua-Eye patches by Guerlain, £70, which are gel-like and perfectly shaped for under the eyes. Apply these to your skin while you lie back and relax.

Hands too are susceptible to the cold. Dermatologists suggest moisturising them after every wash, which, in truth, isn’t always practical. If you do have the chance to moisturise post wash then great, but if not, try to introduce applying hand cream before bedtime. For those short of time, I’ve found the Citrus Hand Cream, £17 by Australian brand Jurlique particularly quick to absorb and it has a wonderful fresh scent.

Don’t forget your hair. Whether it be the heat or the cold, your hair needs to be protected. Depending on your hair type, use a mask once a week or when your hair feels dry to touch. Give your hair some TLC with the TIGI Hair Reborn Reparative Nocturnal Therapy, which nourishes and treats whilst you sleep, £26.95.

While skincare products and make-up are ideal for replenishing or masking skin concerns, exercise helps to get the blood circulating and the heart pumping. This in turn has an impact on skin, making it look brighter and more radiant. So be sure to make time to work out.

With any cold snaps comes the allure of hot showers or baths. But hot water can have an impact on collagen in the skin as well as dehydrating it. Opt for warm water instead, and post bath apply products whilst skin is still damp to trap in moisture. n,