By Chloe Lawrance
As winter plods along and the idea of a sun-kissed glow feels further from reach than ever, your skin might be looking a little worse for wear. Cold weather and moisture-zapping central heating can make it feel dry, red and irritated, plus the lack of sunlight leaves it looking dull, and the effects of the festive season may finally be catching up with you.
But there are a few easy steps you can follow to relieve yourself of the winter skin blues. Soho House member, beauty journalist and skincare expert Annie Vischer shares her advice on how to give your complexion a new lease of life.
There’s no such thing as too much moisture
'A lack of hydration can lead to a weakened skin barrier, meaning irritation and redness are more common, and eczema, rosacea and psoriasis - if you're prone to any of them - can be exacerbated,' says Vischer.
'Make a play for hyaluronic acid and incorporate it into your daily skincare routine by way of a serum or cream. Its particles can retain up to 1,000 times their weight in water. Apply to your face and it acts like a moisture magnet, holding it fast to the surface to plump, smooth and hydrate. Look for a formula that's silicone-free, as the texture of silicone can fool you into thinking your skin is properly hydrated even if it isn't.'
To flood parched skin with moisture as you sleep, try our Soho Skin Overnight Cream. It's formulated with lavandula extract to help accelerate the repair and recovery process, as well as hyaluronic acid, glycerin and oat kernel oil to improve hydration and elasticity.
Find ingredients that work for you
'If dullness is your biggest concern, apply vitamin C in the morning to brighten skin,' Vischer suggests. 'You'll notice the effects within just a few weeks of constant use. It's a potent antioxidant that studies show can ward off the dulling effects of pollution and strengthen your skin barrier over time.'
The 24/7 Treatment balances vitamin C with lactic acid, which rejuvenates tired, dull skin, both instantly and over time - all without sacrificing your skin barrier or causing irritation. The light gel formula can be used as a 10-minute mask for immediate radiance, or as an intense overnight treatment to help aid skin recovery.
Lifestyle changes really can make a difference
'Whether you're sick of hearing this or not, there's no denying that regulating your water intake on a daily basis pays dividends when it comes to getting your skin back on track in winter,' says Vischer. 'I like a mix of plain water and herbal teas. Virtuous I know, but I find it helps to make me feel more alert and combats new year brain fog in the process.'
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