Beauty Belle Heidi Scarlett King saves our skin with some lifesaving tips for harsh winter months.
The summer tans have long gone and the chilly dark days have crept in, leaving our skin craving some serious moisture SOS! Here are some of the best beauty products around to rescue our dry, dehydrated winter skin.
Step 1. Buff & Polish!
In winter our skin needs more exfoliation as cold winds and indoor heating can dry and dehydrate. The most effective exfoliator I have tried is the Algenist Triple-Action Micropolish and Peel, £58 from Space NK apothecary. Massaging the scrub-like exfoliator and leaving it as a mask will gently dissolve the top layers of dead dry skin and leave your skin plumped up and more receptive to any moisturiser. The winning combination of glycolic acid, agluronic acid and fruit enzymes make this a very effective treatment.
Step 2. Plump it UP!
Intensely rich, moist and plumping, AND in just 10 minutes! Perfect for a once\-a\-week treat for your face is the [Astalift Intense Replumping Moisture Mask](http://www.boots.com/en/Astalift\-Intense\-Replumping\-Moisture\-Mask\_1334219/), available from Boots.
With a patented Fuji\-film cloth that stretches and lifts the contours of the face, your face feels plumped and lifted in absolutely no time at all. Great for a stocking filler at £10 each!
Step 3. Make The Switch
A. Moisturisers: It's crucial that we give more moisture to our skin in winter so it's a great idea to put away the mattifying products from summer and switch our moisturiser to a more dewy type. My favourite winter skin duo right now is Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate and Superskin Moisturiser. The naturally derived oil concentrate immediately penetrates the skin to replenish and protect, followed by the moisturiser. These two are a fantastic combination for perfectly hydrated skin and will cost you £50 for both.
B. Foundations: Sometimes a super matt skin during winter can really age you and look flat so again switching during the winter months to a more dewy, creamy texture can do wonders for your complexion. At the top of its game is Lancôme Teint Visionnaire, at £36, which also has the added extra of a cream based concealer in the lid.
The texture of this foundation is flawlessly creamy and rich with a medium to full coverage, and it lasts all day when worn with its concealer.
Step 4. Colour pop
Becoming a lighter shade of pale in these months means more colour is necessary for looking alive! One of the biggest seasonal trends is the berry lip, and the trick is to keep it feeling moist on the lips. Bourjois have created some gorgeous seasonal shades in a really hydrating balm-stain like product called ColourBoost, available at Boots for £7.99. Look out for my favourite season shade 06Plum Russian or Prune.