How to weather winter: our experts have the answers to your most pressing beauty dilemmas
23:01 GMT, 31 October 2012
As the weather gets colder, your skin needs some TLC. Here ELSA McALONAN asks the experts for advice on your most common winter skin questions. Plus Cheryl Cole’s hairdresser shares her insider’s guide to the perfect bouncy blow-dry.
SHOULD I CHANGE MY MOISTURISER IN WINTER
Just as we wear winter coats during the colder months, we should also invest in a heavier-duty moisturiser that’s better suited to colder weather.
'During winter, the cold and wind cause the skin to be less able to retain water,' explains cosmetic doctor Dr Darren McKeown. 'This is why it becomes dry and flaky.'
I’ve been testing products from the new Origins Make A Difference Plus+Collection, which comprises three new super- hydrating creams (33 each, origins.co.uk).
Our experts explain ow to weather winter in beautiful style
The Rejuvenating Moisturiser is
non-greasy and can be worn under make-up; the Rejuvenating Treatment is
perfect for dehydrated, damaged skin and best used at night; and the
Ultra-rich Rejuvenating Cream is designed for very dry skin. The key
ingredient in all three is Rose of Jericho, a plant known for its
M&S also has a new formula skincare range for women over 60 with dry
skin. The Formula Skin Care Age Restore Day Cream, SPF 20 (12)
contains omega oils and essential fatty acids, which improve moisture
Even better for the budget is Garnier’s UltraLift Hydra Intensive
(6.99), an affordable and hydrating day cream also specially formulated
for dry skin.
DO I REALLY NEED TO USE NIGHT CREAM
'You should use something on your face while you are sleeping,' says facialist Nichola Joss, who counts Kelly Brook and Tilda Swinton among her clients. 'I’m a fan of facial oils at night.'
There are even special night-time facial oils, such as the Sanctuary Therapist’s Secret Facial Oil (17.35, Boots).
Don’t go too close to the eyes themselves — stick to the contours. Oils work to repair proteins in the skin, helping skin renewal. Joss suggests putting a few drops into your palm, rubbing hands together then patting them gently on to your face, neck and decolletage.
Joss’s night-time favourites include Clarins Face Treatment Oil Blue Orchid (29), containing rosewood, patchouli, and blue orchid, to tone and revitalise to dehydrated skin, and Decleor’s Aromessence Neroli (44), made from 100 per cent pure essential oils, including neroli, sandalwood and juniper berries, which help to calm and relax skin, boosting moisture levels.
I like the purse-friendly Boots Botanics 100 per cent organic facial oil (9.99). It contains nourishing rosehip, which locks moisture in, restoring your natural glow.
SHOULD I STILL BOTHER WITH SUNSCREEN
Plastic surgeon Dr Marko Lens advises always wearing a day cream with SPF even during the winter. 'I recommend SPF between 15 and 25 in the city,' he suggests.
Try Johnson’s Daily Essentials 24-hour Day Cream with SPF 15 (4.07), or Neutrogena Multi Defence Moisturiser For Dry Skin with SPF 15 (4.99). If you are skiing during winter then an SPF of 30+ is recommended. Try Olay Essentials SPF 30 Lotion (7.29).
'Some sunscreens block the pores, particularly mineral ones,’ he says. ‘So go for a cream with a small amount of mineral sunscreen. I like Soltan Face Moisturising Suncare Cream SPF 30' (8.99, Boots).
Daily exfoliation is a good idea if you regularly wear products with SPF. It helps to remove dirt and impurities from skin, allowing products to absorb more effectively.
Simple’s new Spotless Skin Cleansing Pads (4.99) use a natural antibacterial formula to deep-cleanse skin prone to blackheads.
The texture of the pads gently exfoliates to rid skin surface of dead cells.
FIVE PRODUCTS THAT REALLY HELP DRY LIPS
Vaseline Lip Therapy with Aloe Vera (1.99, Boots)
The barrier properties of Vaseline
keep moisture in and stop drying elements — such as cold, wind — getting
through to the lips.
Burt’s Bees Ultra Moisturising Lip Treatment with Kokum Butter (4.99, burtsbees.co.uk)
This lip moisturiser is full of
essential fatty acids to keep them smooth and supple. Burt’s Bees is
celebrating 21 years of its Beeswax Lip Balm (3.69).
Carmex Click Stick in Pomegranate (3.25, Boots)
The latest flavour of this little stick is perfect for popping into your pocket. Great for putting on without a mirror.
Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Lip Protectant Stick Sheer Tint (18.38, Boots)
This product is pricey, but it works wonders and lasts for months. Shaped like a lipstick, it includes a slick of tint.
Origins Lip Remedy,(14, origins.co.uk)
WITHmenthol and camphor to soothe chapped lips, this absorbs leaving a non-greasy barrier. A tiny amount goes a long way.
Volume: Get big hair like Cheryl Cole
CELEBRITY MASTERCLASS: BLOWDRY TO GET VOLUME
Lisa Laudat, who has been Cheryl Cole’s hairdresser for the past nine years, tells you how:
1. Begin with the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type. Only apply conditioner from the mid-lengths to the ends, never from the roots. Rinse off and towel-dry hair until just damp.
2. Next, apply a tiny amount of oil to the ends (I did this with Cheryl’s hair for her new TV ad campaign for L’Oreal). I use L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil UV Filter for All Hair Types (9.99), which is light and nourishing.
3. Turn your head upside down and apply a volumising spray to the roots, brushing through to the ends. Try L’Oreal Elnett Heat Protect Spray Volume (5.99, Boots).
4. Start blow-drying. Turn your head upside down and rough dry. For lots of volume, use two round brushes. Try John Frieda Thermal Round 34mm brush (10.09) and 28mm brush (11.99, Superdrug). Blow-dry section by section and pin each one up to the head with sectioning clips (Boots Essentials Large Sectioning Clips, 3.49 for four). Spray each section with hairspray after pinning it. When you remove the pins, hair should fall into soft waves. For volume, backcomb the crown and finish with hairspray.
THIS WEEK'S BEAUTY BULLETIN
Myleene Klass unveils a pop-up nail bar in London today — in Debenhams, Oxford Street — the first of several she hopes to open nationwide. If you can’t get along, try the Myleene Klass Nail Wraps (there are 26 different designs). They won’t chip and you don’t have to wait for polish to dry. For Christmas, Myleene has a jolly, red-and-white reindeer design (5.99, Debenhams). We suggest buying now and stashing them away for the party season. They’re certain to add a festive touch to your fingertips.
We have just heard that Aldi are launching their first BB cream this month, which will be on sale for 5.99. Containing vitamin C, mineral pigments and SPF 15, it performs as well as BB creams costing twice as much, effectively concealing blemishes and smoothing fine lines. Lacura BB Cream comes in two tones, suitable for medium or light skin, and will be available at Aldi stores from November 29 while stocks last.
Don't miss the Theatre Of Beauty at Harvey Nichols — special events in support of the Look Good. . . Feel Better charity, which helps cancer patients combat the visible side effects of treatment. Evenings run in all UK branches this month and I’ll be giving tips at the London store on Tuesday. Tickets are 15 and include a goody bag. A VIP ticket (25) gives you a one-to-one with a top beauty editor. For booking and dates see www.ticketweb.co.uk/feature/harveynichols