Embrace the winter season by updating your skincare regimen to help protect against the effects of the colder months. Keep reading to discover our winter skincare essentials, helpful tips, and insider tricks to keep your skin glowing through the harsher winter months.
As temperatures drop, new skincare challenges are bound to emerge due to the cold air and environmental changes. Beyond just battling chapped lips, winter brings about new concerns like:
- Dry skin
- A lacklustre complexion with diminished glow
- Dulled colour
- Heightened sensitivity
- More noticeable fine lines and wrinkles
- …and the list continues!
(Yes, we too prefer to be soaked in the warmth and Vitamin D of the August sun, but there’s no sunshine without rain… Or should we say snow?).
To combat these seasonal skincare woes, it's crucial to modify your skincare routine to prepare it for the harsher days ahead. Incorporating hydrating and protective products, such as moisturisers, lip balms, and gentle cleansers, can make a significant difference to your overall skin health.
Making lifestyle adjustments like maintaining hydration, utilising humidifiers, and steering clear of excessively hot showers can also help promote healthier winter skin.
In this blog we’ll uncover our top winter skincare secrets to ensure your skin doesn’t suffer at the mercy of the harsher, colder, snowier days.
Get winter-skin ready, set, go!
HYDRATION IS STILL KEY
Maintaining your hydration levels isn’t exclusive to the hot summer days.
Winter weather tends to be dry, which can dehydrate your skin. Increase your water intake to ensure your skin stays hydrated from the inside out. Drinking enough water helps maintain the skin's natural moisture balance and contributes to a healthier looking complexion.
Your skin too needs extra hydration during the colder days. Use a rich, emollient moisturiser to combat the effects of cold and windy weather. Apply it consistently (morning and evening at a minimum, re-apply throughout the day if you notice dry patches) to keep your skin well-hydrated and prevent dryness and flakiness.
Try the nourishing Rosehip Night Cream to re-hydrate and smooth your skin while you sleep.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT MOISTURISER
You can achieve luminous and hydrated skin with our Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Daily Protect Moisturiser. Dermatologically tested and paraben-free, this moisturiser offers UVA/UVB protection for winter sun exposure (yes, you still need to use SPF even when the sun is behind the clouds).
Infused with brightening Vitamin C+ and Pomegranate Flower Extract, it promotes collagen synthesis and decreases the breakdown of collagen to help skin appear smoother, brighter and lit from within. The real all-rounder.
Seal your skincare ritual efforts with the Vitamin C Daily Moisturiser:
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For your evening skincare ritual consider using a heavier night cream, such as the Vitamin C Sleep & Reveal Night Cream to provide extra nourishment while you sleep.
HYDRATING MAKE-UP BASE
During the colder days that you choose to wear make-up, you might find your foundation drying out a little bit more throughout the day. To help counter this, prep your skin with a hydrating primer which has skin-loving, hydrating ingredients.
The Skin Perfecting Primer is designed to not only colour-correct but also soothe and hydrate the skin simultaneously. With skin-friendly ingredients like Niacinamide and calming Cica, this primer is the perfect to use as the final step in your routine to ensure your winter skincare provides a well-hydrated complexion during the harsher winter days.
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INCORPORATING OIL BASED PRODUCTS INTO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE
Still removing your make-up with disposable wipes? We’re here to change that. Forever.
Did you know that the chemicals in some of the make-up removing wipes, combined with the scrubbing motions required to remove the make-up, can aggravate the skin and cause redness and irritation? Not ideal, we know.
It can be especially damaging for dry and sensitive skin types. This is why we highly recommend using a gentle cleansing oil instead when taking off make-up. Remove makeup AND nourish your skin by lathering it in a rich cleansing oil as part of your double cleansing routine (read about Double Cleansing here).
Opt for an oil-based cleanser, such as the best selling Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil, to gently remove makeup, impurities, and SPF. Suitable for all skin types, this formula combines skin-brightening Vitamin C and antioxidant-rich Vitamin E, breaking down makeup, daily impurities, and pollution with ease.
The result? A super-soft, clean, and bright complexion that's ready to face winter's challenges.
Try our cult favourite Vitamin C+ Brighten Cleansing Oil here.
Additionally, if your skin is prone to dryness, consider treating your skin to a boost of hydration with a luxurious Facial Oil.
After massaging in your moisturiser, apply a drop or two of the Rosehip Miracle Makeover Facial Oil for an added layer of nourishment. Using a facial oil on top of a moisturiser will act as a seal of hydration. Ideal for skin showing signs of dryness such as flakiness and dry patches (…or if you’re planning on spending the day outdoors exploring the joys of the Christmas Markets).
Treat yourself to a relaxing Facial Massage with the Rosehip Facial Oil here.
LAYER. THE. SKINCARE.
Layering your skincare products can provide maximum protection and hydration.
Start with lighter serums or hydrating toners and follow up with thicker creams or oils. This layering technique helps seal in moisture and provides a barrier against harsh winter elements. As each product is applied, it forms a layer on the skin which helps seal in the ingredients.
For best practice, try the following step-by-step skincare layering routine:
- Remove makeup, dirt and impurities with an Oil Cleanser.
- Cleanse with Regular Cleanser or Gentle Scrub.
- Target specific skin concerns with a Serum.
- Hydrate with a Moisturiser.
- Seal and nourish with a Facial Oil.
Adapting your skincare routine to the specific challenges of winter will help you maintain a healthy and radiant complexion despite the colder and drier conditions. Always pay attention to your skin and adapt your skincare routine accordingly to your skin’s needs.
Remember, everyone’s skin is different, so don’t fear switching around some products or steps if you find it works better for your skin!
DARK CIRCLES NO MORE
Day-light savings can leave us feeling in the dark for most of the wintertime. Naturally, we’re bound to feel more tired, and have the urge to cosy up in the warmth of our beds more than usual. With too much sleep (as well as the lack of), dark circles can creep in more than the in the warm summer months.
To combat this, getting enough sleep and drinking enough water are crucial steps for improving the visibility of dark circles. Incorporating eye cream can also help soften their appearance.
Our Vitamin C+ Brighten Dark Circles Eye Cream is your secret weapon against winter-induced fatigue. Featuring light diffusers for instant radiance, this formula works overtime to combat dark circles, leaving your skin looking firmer, smoother, and more radiant. With skin-brightening Vitamin C and a proven anti-dark circle peptide.
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Facialist Tip: Pop your eye cream tube into the fridge over-night for an instant cooling, refreshing effect when applying to the eye area in the morning.
NIGHTTIME IS YOUR SKIN’S ULTIMATE RECOVERY TIME
Ensure your nighttime skincare routine is optimised for your skin. Bedtime is when your skin is most receptive to repair and regeneration.
Combat tired, dull, and lacklustre skin with a nourishing night cream. The Rosehip Hydrate Peaceful Skin Night Cream is powered by a carefully selected blend of soothing Rosehip and hydrating Cucumber Oil that work overnight to help hydrate, smooth and improve skin’s elasticity. It helps deeply hydrate your skin while you sleep, ensuring you wake up with a natural radiant glow.
EXFOLIATION EVERY (OTHER) DAY KEEPS THE FLAKINESS AWAY
Exfoliation is crucial during winter. The colder weather can lead to a buildup of dead skin cells, resulting in a dull complexion. By regularly exfoliating, you can remove these dead cells, promoting a smoother texture and allowing skincare products to penetrate more effectively.
Additionally, exfoliation stimulates cell turnover, helping the skin generate new, healthier cells and addressing dry, flaky patches. It also prevents clogged pores, reducing the likelihood of breakouts, and helps improves circulation for a healthy glow.
Opting for gentle exfoliants is essential to avoid irritation, and following up with hydrating products helps replenish the skin's moisture barrier. Try the Vitamin C+ Brighten Gentle Daily Micro Polish Wash for a gentle exfoliation, or the Rose Facial Scrub if you’re looking for a deeper exfoliator.
ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR WINTER SKINCARE:
Use a humidifier.
Combat the dry indoor air by adding moisture with a humidifier in your living space.
Don't forget sunscreen.
Apply sunscreen, even on cloudy days, to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
Avoid overloading the skin.
Introducing too many new products at once may do more harm than good. TikTok might tempt us into splurging on a whole new skincare routine, but a well selected, tailored routine which works for your skin should seamlessly transition through the different seasonal changes. You may need to add or swap out a product or two, but don’t feel pressured to change every single product you already use every time the seasons change.
Exercise makes you glow on the inside, as well as the outside.
Chillier days are very tempting for cuddling up in bed, making it impossible to leave. But it’s important to keep the body moving even during winter, as a healthier lifestyle and healthy, active body will translate it into better overall health, including your skin.
With the right skincare routine and our specially curated winter essentials, you can maintain a radiant and healthy complexion throughout the colder months. Embrace the season with confidence, knowing your skin is well-nourished, protected, and ready to face winter's beauty challenges.
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