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Picture this: you’ve been in bed for the past three days, unable to breathe through your nose, sneezing on demand and with six packs of Kleenex strewn over your bedroom floor. You’ve also re-watched every single episode of Gossip Girl on Netflix. However, you’ve come out the other side and it’s time to power on through, manning-up to go back to work. The trouble is, you might be feeling a bit better, but your face tells a different story– you’ve got dry flaky bits around your nostrils (not hot), lovely glowy skin is a distinct memory and you could relocate to another country using the bags under your eyes. Never fear, we asked Lynsey Alexander, Estée Lauder UK Makeup Ambassador, how she would tackle what can only be described as, ‘cold face’.
“In the winter months skin dries out quicker, so you need a few extra support products added to your skincare regime.” She suggests regular exfoliating to ensure skin is kept smooth and vibrant. You could either do this by using an exfoliating face wash every other day, like Vichy Purete Thermale Softening Exfoliating Cream, £12, a resurfacing mask like Ren’s Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask twice a week, £32, or a treatment toner that contains acids to refine your skin’s texture every morning and evening before your serums – we like Mizon’s AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner, £20.
If you’ve been cooped up indoors for over 48 hours, skin is likely to look a little drab. Alexander suggests changing up your base. “Quite often I switch my foundation at this time of year to something a little more cushioning, offering more of a glow in a light finish. Double Wear Nude Radiance Cushion Stick Foundation, £28, will help disguise any problem areas. I’d also add a few drops of serum, such as Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, from £52, into your foundation. This will help smooth over any problem areas.” If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, Topshop’s Aircushion Skin Perfector, £12, is a good option that blurs out imperfections.
For particularly dry and red noses, choose a super hydrating concealer like Hourglass’ Hidden Corrective Concealer, £25, which is packed full of vitamin e to nourish and protect skin.
Alexander also recommends Advanced Night Repair Eye Masks, £10, to reduce puffiness around the eye, “they’re great at getting rid of swelling and redness.”
POW_ER Tip: Pop these on while you’re brushing your teeth in the morning, just before you do your makeup.
Finally, bypass your loose powder: “keep it to a minimum at this time of year to stop any unnecessary dryness and focus instead on emphasising glow.”
Et voila! Cold? What cold?