Winter Skincare – We Answer Your Questions!

How To Stay Looking Great During Winter at Martin & Phelps Beauty Salon in Cheltenham

After an unseasonably warm November, the winter weather has kicked in with freezing mornings and dry air. The change in climate can cause our skin to dry out quickly, feel rough and look dull and uneven. 

To avoid this issue, it's essential that we follow the right skincare routine to protect our skin from looking dull and maintain a gorgeous glow throughout the winter! Below, we answer some of the most commonly asked questions about how to keep your skin looking great in cold weather. 

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Why Is Double Cleansing So Important?

Cleansing your skin daily is important as it will ensure your complexion is free of impurities. The Martin & Phelps experts know that double cleansing is one of the best ways to ensure that all impurities are removed from your face and it works on every skin type! The simplest way to ensure an effective double cleanse is:

  • Wash your face with an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup and SPF
  • Wash again with a water-based cleanser to remove bacteria, sweat & dead skin cells
  • Apply the rest of your skincare routine

If you're not sure how to create a great skin care routine for your skin type, or which products you should be using, our skin care specialists will be happy to help. Book a consultation where we can assess your skin and recommend treatments and products to create your ideal skincare routine. 

How Often Should I Exfoliate My Face?

The second step within your winter skincare routine should be exfoliating, but many of our clients don't know what to use or how often to exfoliate for the best results. The ideal usage of an exfoliator is twice a week and preferably at night. If you exfoliate too often, you can cause damage to your delicate skin and create further problems. Exfoliating your skin helps to unclog pores, combat blemishes and improve uneven textures, giving your skin a brighter, more even look.

How Should I Use Serum?

Nowadays, serums have become vital within skincare routines. Serums absorb deep into your skin, rather than sitting on the surface like moisturisers, and work for specific concerns such as acne, dry skin and wrinkles. After you have cleansed your face, apply serum to your cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. For best results, use both a daytime and night time serum. A brightening serum in the morning will leave your skin looking plump and fresh for the day, whilst a night serum allows skin cells to repair themselves while you get your beauty sleep. As a result, you will soon notice that your skin starts to look less tired and will have a brighter appearance.

Do I Need To Use a Moisturiser In Winter?

Yes! Throughout winter our skin gets drier than another other time of year and can look uneven in texture and feel fragile and rough. A nourishing, creamy moisturiser is vital to maintaining your complexion’s hydration. It’s really easy to add into your routine too, simply apply after cleansing and your serum, all to sink in and then apply your make up or dare to bare your hydrated, even complexion!

My Lips Are Dry and Flaky In Winter, How Do I Keep Them Hydrated?

To complete your winter skincare routine to its fullest, it is always nice to take into consideration smaller details such as your lips. So, to look after this sensitive area, we recommend our favourite lip care essential, lip balm!

A lip balm is the perfect goodie for your bag too – handbag sized and ideal for topping up on the go, it’ll protect your lips from harsh environmental aggressors during winter, wherever and whenever you are. You can even pick up tinted lip balms to give your pout a pop of colour!