Get your glow back this winter with our expert advice…
Thought winter and tight, dry skin went hand in hand? Think again. Harsh temperatures and an overdose of central heating doesn’t have to take its toll on your skin. By making these small changes, as recommended by X Factor make-up artist Gemma Wheatcroft, you can adapt your usual skincare regime to get plump, radiant skin, whatever the weather.
Supercharge your moisturiser:
Just as your night cream is formulated differently to your day cream, some moisturisers are created especially for cold conditions. Gemma advises, “Crank up your daily hydration hit with a winter moisturiser. It’ll restore parched skin by protecting and hydrating with its richer formula.”
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is a light yet tough moisturiser that was used by the team of the Greenland First Ascent expedition – six explorers who completed the first-ever ascent of Greenland’s ice covered peaks in 2005. If it’s good enough for them… Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream, £24
Turbo boost your night cream:
Give your skin extra nourishment by adding an oil to your night cream. It will rehydrate drained skin and act as a much-needed booster for dullness. Try OLEHENRIKSEN Pure Truth Activating Oil. This 100% concentrated rose hips seed oil is unfiltered, unprocessed and cold pressed to maintain the highest potency. It’s rich in Vitamin A (which activates cell renewal to improve texture and tone of skin), Vitamin C (which boosts collagen to firm and brighten skin) and essential fatty acids, for brighter, healthier looking skin. “It’s also great on cuticles and nails,” says Gemma, “Use a generous layer with your handcream and wear mitts or socks overnight for best results.” OLEHENRIKSEN, Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil, £47
Use a light reflecting primer:
A light reflecting primer used under your foundation, like MAC Prep & Prime in Natural Radiance, will prep your skin to perfection. “It’ll hydrate your skin, smooth our dry areas for longer-lasting coverage, and bring a natural dewiness back that can get lost during the winter months,” says Gemma. MAC Prep & Prime in Natural Radiance, £20.50,
Boost your blush:
Ditch your summer bronzer for a stronger-than-normal blusher. “Use a warmer cream blush like Liz Earle’s Healthy Glow Cream Blush in Warm Rose Pink,” recommends Gemma, “Buffed onto the apples of your cheeks it will add warmth to your face and give a healthy, wind-swept, rosy winter glow.” Liz Early Healthy Glow Cream Blush in Warm Rose Pink, £16.50,
Words: Eva Caiden. You can follow Eva on Twitter: @evacaiden
Gemma Wheatcroft is a UK based make-up artist. You can contact Gemma at: [email protected].