‘Skin is subjected to varying temperatures in the winter,’ explains TONIC15 founder Jin. ‘We go from the balmy – but drying – central heating of our homes out into biting temperatures and back again.’
‘This can affect the skin barrier and you might experience symptoms such as redness, dry skin and flakiness as it struggles to find balance,’ she explains.
‘Add isolation skin to the mix – and all of the symptoms associated with lockdown such as dullness, blemishes and breakouts – and it’s little wonder that our skin needs more care and attention in the winter months,’ says Jin.
Cleansing is always the cornerstone of any good winter skincare routine, but what skin needs when the wind bites is a little different to when the sun is out to play.
Instead of reaching for a foaming face wash that you’d use to cleanse and refresh skin in summer, use something a little gentler in the winter months – yes, even if you have oily or combination skin.
‘It’s important to not strip skin in the winter months as it already has its defences down,’ explains Jin. ‘Foaming cleansers can remove the surface layer of natural oils, and yes, this makes skin feel ‘squeaky clean’ but it’s not great for the skin barrier.’
‘It also means your skin will fire up its sebum production and skin will end up feeling and looking slick.’ This can lead to breakouts, which is not ideal when we’re already dealing with the side effects of winter skin and mask-wearing such as acne and blemishes.
Instead, carry on with your commitment double cleansing – this is crucial to keep skin barrier healthy and ensure the efficacy of the other products in your regime – but choose your cleanser carefully.
Add a gentle cream or balm formula to your winter skincare routine. They’ll effectively whisk away dirt, help support the skin barrier function and keep some natural surface oils intact to help combat dry skin.