Change how you mask
A trick that works wonders on all skin types, particularly if you have dry cheeks and an oily T-zone, is multi-masking your masks – and it’s regularly employed by facialists. The general rule of thumb is to use clay-based masks on your oilier areas and a cream formula where you need an extra boost of hydration. Using a clay-based mask such as Seed to Skin’s The Peace Probiotic Pink Clay Soothing Mask just once a week will make a huge difference to the visibility of your pores. You need to assess your own skin to know where to apply your masks but, typically, a clay mask applied to your nose and chin to loosen blocked pores, and a more moisturizing and healing mask, such as Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Face Mask, on drier, more sensitive areas (cheeks and forehead), is a good place to start. If your skin is feeling particularly parched, switch your usual moisturizer for Sisley’s Black Rose Cream Mask – the natural bounce and smoothness will return in a matter of days.
Simplify your morning cleanse
Most of us can afford to go with a simpler morning cleanse – if you have thoroughly removed makeup and dirt from your skin the previous evening. There are, of course, exceptions and, if your skin is prone to breakouts or it’s excessively oily, you may want to do a more thorough cleanse. However, if you only need to remove leftover product and some oil, then a swipe with micellar water should suffice – especially if you have sensitive skin that is easily irritated by aggressive cleansing. Admittedly, micellar waters have a bad rep for drying out your skin but, as long as you opt for a pH-balanced formula, such as La Mer’s The Cleansing Micellar Water, you’ll find your skin feels soft and clean rather than stripped.
Rethink your toner
If the cold weather is starting to take its toll on your skin and your cheeks feel chapped and windswept after the briefest dash outside, it might be worth considering a hydrating essence in place of your toner, because it will add more moisture and help to strengthen your skin’s protective barrier. Both Natura Bissé’s Diamond Cocoon Hydrating Essence and Tata Harper’s Hydrating Floral Essence Moisturising Toner are packed full of moisturizing ingredients and antioxidants to help hydrate and protect skin. Apply after cleansing and before serums by dispensing a small amount into the palms of your hands and then pressing into skin. Do this AM and PM and your skin will start to feel better hydrated, softer and plumper over time.
Always ‘cocktail’ your moisturizers
Hydration is often the last step of skincare and, more often than not, probably just a layer of moisturizer. However, if your skin is feeling the effects of cold weather or is dehydrated and sensitive, it’s important to work formulas together and layer up your moisture. “During cold seasons or in harsh environments, it is necessary to build up the skin’s lipid shield to act as a protective barrier for the skin and lock in water,” says Professor Augustinus Bader. “Moisturizer alone is not sufficient. I recommend using clean and high-impact lipids, such as those found in my Face Oil, and layering up.” You can either add a couple of drops of face oil to your moisturizer and apply as usual, or use it as a top coat to seal in the nutrients and hydration.
Change your application
Obviously, makeup application comes after your skincare routine, but makeup artists will often apply a touch of skincare over foundation to add more of a glow to skin. It’s a trick that works just as beautifully in real life, as Victoria Beckham can attest: “How you apply your products is key. I like to dab a little of my Priming Moisturizer on top of my final makeup, to give an added glow, which always makes me look more rested.” It’s a technique that makeup artist Valeria Ferreira uses on shoots, but also as part of her own skincare regime, when she wants skin to look exceptional. After applying foundation, she presses a drop of La Mer The Renewal Oil onto the tops of cheekbones, where you would normally apply highlighter.