Five Winter Skincare Essentials
Temperatures are set to plunge over the next couple of weeks as we begin the annual descent from Autumn into Winter, and if you’ve already got your Autumn regime in place, then you’re one step ahead of many. But with the elements about to become that little bit more unforgiving, it’s time to up the ante further still, and Beauty Editor Melanie Kruger has rounded up some of the best winter skincare weapons to see you through until spring.
From cleansers and exfoliators to treatments and masks, these five winter skincare essentials will ensure that you remain on top form for party season and beyond.
Perricone MD Chloro Plasma, £66.00
Skin can always benefit from an extra helping hand during the winter months, and this is the ultimate addition yo your arsenal. Perricone MD Chloro Plasma is a powerful anti-aging treatment maskproviding instant radiance. Formulated with Dr. Perricone’s legendary Plasma technology and innovative Phytonutrient-enriched Microcapsules, it’s packed with chlorophyll and promises to deliver deep detoxification and purification benefits while smoothing wrinkles and dramatically minimising the appearance of pores – just what is needed as the winter weather begins to take its toll.
Sjal Mineral Kalla Energy Tonic, £47.00
Toning is a step that is often neglected, but it’s worth upping the ante on your winter routine to maximise your skin’s potential. The Sjal Mineral Kalla is a mineral-enriched energy tonic for healing, toning and barrier protection, and can be used under treatment, to set make-up or to freshen skin.
With a dual-protection approach to combat internal stress and external aggressors, this mineral-rich tonic contains gold for cellular regeneration and optimization and silver for its natural anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial properties. Energized with Rose Quartz to calm and soothe the skin, the Mineral Kalla also includes a bio-adhesion moisture complex to protect from moisture loss – one of the greatest challenges skin faces during the colder months.
Ark Hydration Injection Masque, £35.00
Protecting the skin from moisture loss is one thing, but it’s vital to ensure that sufficient levels are present in the first place, and the best way to go about this is by using a weekly moisture masque. The Ark Hydration Injection Masque is an intensive multivitamin treatment designed to quench skin, plump wrinkles and restore vibrancy, and just a few minutes on the face is enough to yield noticeable results.
With an encapsulated blend of vitamins for maximum efficacy, it promises to regulate collagen synthesis, fade pigmentation and help to prevent UV damage, using a good dose of hyaluronic acid to drench skin with moisture, optimising the circulation of water through all skin layers and providing 24-hour protection against water loss.
We’ve made this a part of our weekly Sunday pamper session – plump, soft and smooth skin in under five minutes? Yes, please.
Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, £45.00
At this time of year, it’s easy for our skincare collections to get out of control, and there’s only so much space for storage in any given bathroom. To save on time as well as clutter, opt for multi-tasking products where possible.
A highly active cleanser with a trio of exfoliating acids and jojoba skin-polishing beads to revitalize skin, the Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser is a must-have for the winter months. Revitalising the skin by gently exfoliating and polishing away dullness, it uses three exfoliating agents—salicylic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid—to reveal younger-looking skin, removing the dead skin cells and debris that can leave skin looking decidedly lacklustre. Meanwhile, moisturising agent sodium PCA attracts water to the skin to help it retain the plumpness and elasticity needed to function as a strong, healthy barrier.
Oskia Micro-Exfoliating Balm, £46.00
Of course, a good manual exfoliator is still a skincare staple, especially for those with particularly dry or flakey skin. Use once to twice a week for optimum results.
Oskia’s Micro-Exfoliating Balm has been cleverly formulated to buff away tired skin cells and impurities using the tiniest silica and MSM particles, while nourishing the lipid barrier to leave your skin soft, radiant and glowing with health and vitality. It’s further enriched with a clever blend of youth-boosting essential cell nutrients, prebiotics and peptides too, for long-lasting skin health.