Your Skin In Winter

Just as you change your clothes with changing temperatures you should do the same with your skin care.

Manage the change in temperatures from Summer Holiday jet setting to back-to-reality house-sitting and keep the forecast for your face healthy with Dr Lowe’s advice on curating a working skin care wardrobe.

UVA rays are present all year round, yes they penetrate winter weather, so don’t throw away your sunscreen just yet! However you can downsize your SPF30 to an SPF15 + UVA Protection for British weather, just remember to reapply regularly.

Many women simply rely on the SPF in their foundation or tinted moisturiser during the colder months. However the SPF factor on such products only refers to protection against UVB rays (the ones that burn) not UVA (the ones that age the skin). Read your products carefully. 

Just as you wouldn’t brace cold winds, snow and frost in a bikini, you need to switch up your light weight summer moisturiser to a more heavy duty face cream. However, don’t forget your skin type, more oily or combination skins may still need oil control even in winter.

Keeping your body moisturised will help retain your post-holiday glow and prevent skin from becoming overly dry. If you suffer from dry skin it can get worse in the winter months. Hot baths and showers can dissolve the protective barrier in the skin which will eventually lead to dryness. Have warm baths and showers to reduce this damage.

The sun may not be as hot in the forthcoming months but it may still be bright. Excessive squinting can lead to wrinkles forming around the eyes; make sure the lenses in your regular glasses as well as sunglasses have appropriate UV protection to prevent damaging your eyes.

To make up for the fact you will no longer be basking in sunlight take a daily supplement of Vitamin D3 of between 1000 and 2000 units.

Finally, the question most often asked when talking about the skin transitioning from summer to winter- how to stop that golden glow turning dull?

‘It takes approximately 28 days for whole skin cells to turn over, so your tan will last approximately two weeks. Exfoliation increases this cell turnover so to retain the skin cells that carry your tan refrain from exfoliating during this period. Instead make moisturising a key part of your routine at least twice a day.’

So there is no need to compromise your complexion or leave your tan on the plane!