Storm Diana has been wreaking havoc across the country, bringing extreme winds and heavy rain. The Met Office has issued weather warnings this week saying that: “gusts of 60-70 mph, locally 75 mph are likely. These winds will also bring rough seas and some large waves, potentially causing coastal impacts too.” The weather turning is a sign of winter’s imminent arrival, and that means that it’s time to switch to a beauty care routine suited for the cold and the harsh weather.
No one likes a flake
When it’s not tipping it down with rain, the air can be extremely cold and dry. As humidity levels drop, the cold makes the water in your skin evaporate more quickly. This leads to dry, tight skin and flakiness. Exfoliation is a core part of any skin care routine and becomes especially crucial during the months of winter. Introduce products to your skincare routine that are designed to relieve and reinvigorate stressed and cracked skin. For an exfoliant, try our Hydrating Exfoliator. It contains extracts of mango butter and linden flower for extra nourishment, crucial for the cold spell.
For relieving stressed feet, a nourishing butter is our recommended choice. Our feet support us all day, so it’s only fair that we support them in return. One of our favourites is the Christmas Deluxe Orange Date Foot Butter, perfect as a Christmas gift to a loved one who’s on their feet all day. The LCN Urea 40% Chapped Skin Cream is also especially suited for dry and rough skin, due to its high level of urea. It also contains hyaluronic acid which is also designed to alleviate dry skin as it speeds up wound healing. It works wonders on calluses too!
From water does all life begin
Now that your skin is exfoliated and buffed, it’s time to moisturise. The LCN Refining Skin Cleansing Gel contains a moisture retaining complex of amino acids, urea, allantoin and sodium lactate, which store the moisture in the skin, making it the perfect winter moisturizer. It’s also paraben and preservative free as an added bonus. Don’t be afraid to really layer it on.
Heavy on the cream
Vogue spoke to dermatologist Shari Marchbein, who said: “Look for creams, rather than lotions, that are made with ceramides and hyaluronic acid”. The logic is that the skin’s barrier is easily broken down during the cold months, and ceramides aid in preventing this. Don’t be afraid to really lather product on, morning and night, as per Marchbein’s recommendation.
Buffing and moisturising every night before bed really helps to lock in moisture while you sleep. For extra benefits, use our Calming Eye Repair Cream which reduces wrinkles and strengthens the resilience of the skin. The moisturising complex of amino acids, urea, and more provides moisture and preserves it in the skin. For those of you who suffer from particularly dry or stressed skin, thickly layer on a cream mask such as the LCN Regenerating Luminous Skin Mask. Let it sink in and don’t wash it off. It’ll remain on the skin rather than be washed off by coming into contact with water, which can dehydrate skin even more. Remember, it’s all about providing moisture to the skin, not taking it off!
The sun shines all year round
We all know that we are most at risk from sun damage during summer, however protecting our skin from UV rays is crucial no matter the season. Even if you’re not working outside, you still need to protect yourself. Low level, consistent exposure to UV leads to sagging skin and skin damage, so introduce an SPF product into your skin care routine to give your skin the best chance to shine. The LCN Moisture Boost CC Cream is the perfect solution for skin in winter. It offers SPF 15 protection, as well as containing hyaluronic acid, to keep your skin looking young, fresh and healthy.