Dermatologists agree, this is the ultimate winter skincare routine

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Looking to switch up your skincare routine for winter? We’ve asked the experts for their favourite winter skin saviours, and the results are in…

If you find that your skin freaks out in winter, you’re not alone. From the cold weather to fluctuations in central heating, our skin takes a battering in the colder months. The result? Dry, irritated skin that’s more prone to breakouts.

So how do you combat seasonal skin fluctuations? By adapting your winter skincare routine. We’re not suggesting you completely chuck away every skincare product in your bathroom cabinet, but by making a few small tweaks, you can really help to bolster your skin’s natural protection, leaving your complexion happy and healthy. 

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What ingredients should you look out for?

Keeping an eye on your ingredient lists can help when knowing whether a product is really suitable for both your skin type, and the season in which you’re using it.

“Ingredients your skin craves in winter include nourishing omegas 3 and 6, ceramides, rosehip and squalene” says Mark Curry, co-founder of The INKEY List.

But you don’t need a degree in Chemistry in order to figure out which winter skincare products are right for you. 

“The focus should be on the prevention of dehydration,” says consultant dermatologist Dr Justine Kluk. “You can do this simply by using a mild cleanser, a hydrating serum and then frequently layering a moisturiser on top.” 

Why do you get jawline spots in winter?

“A lot of clients get acne around the jawline and neck during the winter months” says Pamela Marshall, clinical aesthetician and co-founder of Mortar & Milk. “This is usually due to dirty scarves and jacket collars that constantly touch our face.”

“Make sure you’re cleaning these regularly. If you see make-up around the collar of your puffer jacket, it needs to be cleaned.”

Your fool-proof winter skin routine 

No matter what your skin type is, we’ve asked the experts to recommend their must-have winter skincare routine products – that will help to protect and nourish your skin, all winter long. From the best cleanser for dry skin to the nourishing serums that will banish breakouts, we’ve got your winter skincare routine sorted.      

The best cleansers for winter skin

Look for creamy, mild cleansers that will thoroughly cleanse the skin, without stripping it of its natural oils. 

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The best serums for winter skin

Layering a hydrating serum under your moisturiser can help with excess water loss. If your skin is sensitive, take caution with active ingredients, such as alpha hydroxy acids or retinol. Instead, try more easily tolerated options, such as peptides, bakuchiol or PHAs; these will help to give your skin a boost, without irritation.

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The best moisturisers for winter skin

A good moisturiser helps to lock in hydration, acting as a barrier against your skin and any environmental aggressors

  • The INKEY List Ceramide Night Treatment

    This clever ceramide treatment offers intense overnight hydration, making it the perfect final step in your winter skin routine. Combining 3% SK-Influx ceramide complex with 2.5% hyaluronic acid, the nourishing mask plumps and penetrates deep into the epidermis for multi-layered hydration, ensuring a fully nourished skin barrier.

    The INKEY List Ceramide Night Treatment, £14.99 

  • Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream

    There’s a reason why every beauty editor loves this face cream. Formulated by Professor Augustinus Bader, one of the world’s leading stem cell experts, The Rich Cream utilises the patented ‘Trigger Factor Complex’ to strengthen the skin, delivering deep hydration and a protective shield against extreme climates.  

    Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream, £125 

  • Polaar The Genuine Lapland Cream

    This vitamin-rich moisturiser is packed with nourishing Arctic rhodiola – a flower that grows in the extreme conditions of Siberia and effectively repairs dryness and sensitive skin caused by environmental aggressors – making it perfect for seriously dry, winter ravaged skin.

    Polaar The Genuine Lapland Cream, £32

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The best SPF for winter skin

Yep that’s right, SPF is important all year round. Not only does SPF protect against UV rays (which are still present on gloomy winter days) they can act as a barrier against pollution, city smog and grime. 

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The best face masks for winter skin

Face masks are a great way to treat your skin to some at-home TLC during the winter. From mega-hydration to boosting your glow, these are our tried and tested favourites. 

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The best lip treatments for winter skin

The skin on your lips is super thin and prone to dry out, quickly. “The best ingredient to look for is an essential fatty acid that can prevent transdermal water loss,” says facialist and founder of Quantum Botanika, Nataliya Robinson. Look out for lanolin: a thick emollient that’s ideal for locking in moisture, keeping the lips nourished and protected. 

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