Winter weather can make skincare routines especially difficult to navigate, causing dryness, redness and even breakouts in those with particularly sensitive skin. We enlisted the expert tips of Slip, founder Fiona Stewart, whose battle with sensitive skin and adult acne led her to create her renowned brand of silk pillowcases, to discover what steps we can take to maintain glowing skin – even with freezing temperatures.
It may sound simple but every dermatologist I’ve spoken to has recommended increasing your water intake. It’s the first step to clearer skin and will dramatically improve the skin’s luminosity and texture as well as helping reduce breakouts.
The UK may not get many sunny days at this time of year, however the sun can be just as harmful in the cold winter months as it is in summer. Before applying makeup, always prep the skin with a high quality SPF. If you’re prone to breakouts, look for an oil-free version that’s lightweight yet still has broad-spectrum protection.
Because Slip is a global brand, I’m always travelling and it usually involves lots of longhaul flights between the US, Asia and Europe. A rich moisturiser is my go-to travelling essential to keep skin protected from the recycled plane air but I’ll also add it into my everyday skincare routine if I’m somewhere with air con. An air-conditioned office can be just as bad for your skin as the inside of a plane cabin, so be sure to up your moisturiser application (throughout the day if necessary) if a day at work leaves your skin feeling parched.
The skincare products we use day-to-day may be effective in the warmer months but when the cold, drying winter air arrives, this is the time to change up your skincare routine. Switch foaming cleansers for milky cleansers to keep dryness at bay and invest in a rich lip balm to prevent chapped lips. I also mix in a few drops of my favourite facial oil with a moisturiser for added hydration.
If you are spending money on face creams, serums and blow dries, then you should be sleeping on a silk pillowcase, too. It is the perfect addition to your beauty routine and a well-known beauty secret of dermatologists, hairstylists and beauty experts. Slip silk fibres are significantly less absorbent than many other materials, so they can help your skin retain moisture and keep your expensive beauty products where they belong – on your face and hair where they can work their wonders. Silk can also help prevent lines becoming ‘ironed in’ to the skin.