Although autumn and winter can bring a nice, healthy glow to our skin, it can also bring discomforts like dry, brittle skin. For some, the cold-weather seasons bring more than just a tight, parched feeling to their skin – it can also lead to flaking, cracking, and even eczema or inflammation of the skin.

Once you power on the heat indoors, the skin starts to dry out, and even if you use a strong moisturizer and continue your beauty rituals from the spring and summer, the change in weather conditions can still lead to dryness.

No matter what precautions you take – such as wearing a moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based as oil retains more moisture  – you must still take additional precautions to protect your skin.

Here are 5 IDEAL tips Autumn and Winter skincare tips which will have you looking younger than last Christmas this time around.

Keep it Moist

With its rough winds, cold temperatures, and low humidity, the winter season can leave your skin battered and damaged, particularly on your face and hands as these parts are the most exposed. As a result, it recommended that you switch up your normal skin care routine, especially when it comes to moisturizing your skin.


Choose the right oil for you

While you may think a thick cream equals great hydration, not all oils found in these moisturizers and creams are appropriate for every face, therefore it’s essential that you choose your moisture with care – especially noting the types of oils it contains. For instance, non-clogging oils such as avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil are much better than Shea oil, which can clog facial pores. In addition to these oils, look for lotions containing humectants, a class of substances that includes glycerine, sorbitol, and alpha-hydroxy acids and is made to retain moisture, and SPF 15 or more as the sun can still be strong.

Beauty websites such as Skinstation have a wide range of products suitable for seasonal skincare issues, offering products for every skin type.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

You may think that hydration is only important during the hotter months; however, it’s crucial that you hydrate just as much during the winter season. Not only is water good for your health overall, but, in winter time, it can often be even more necessary as water vapor is lost through your breath, causing you to lose valuable moisture.

Even if you drink your eight glasses of water a day, your skin is still at risk of dehydration. Make sure you balance out diuretics like caffeine and alcohol with plenty of water, and opt for decaffeinated coffee or tea.


Be aware of your surroundings

Your environment also plays a major role in keeping your skin properly moisturized, so as the conditions outside change, the environment in your home must shift as well. Heating systems used during the colder seasons blast hot dry air throughout our homes and offices, making it difficult for our skin to maintain moisture. Sustain a sufficient amount of moisture in the air in your home with a humidifier or dehumidifier, and prevent your skin from drying out.

Consider a Consultant

If your skincare problems persist and they’re not alleviated by traditional methods and products, consider consulting a dermatologist. Hiding your face underneath layers of makeup may won’t do and may aggravate the problem even more.  Skin care clinics like Aesthetic Skin Clinic offer a range of assessments and treatments, and can do an in depth Visia Skin Analysis to get to the root of the problem.


Rachel is the beauty and fashion director at IDEAL. She loves trying new products and is an avid fan of London's fashion, from the high end to the high street.