Beauty expert reveals her Autumn/Winter skincare switch ups

A skincare expert has revealed the Autumn/Winter skincare switch-ups you should be making this season. 

Jane Scrivner, from London, who has launched her £33 nourishing cleanser, has built up a vast array of knowledge after working in the beauty industry for over 30 years. 

‘The focus of your winter skincare should be hydrating, nourishing and protecting your skin from the harsh weather and environmental stressors,’ she said. 

‘Skin can easily become dry, irritated and unbalanced during the autumn and winter months due to cold temperatures, central heating, lack of humidity and layers of clothing.’  

‘Making a few simple changes in your skincare regime will help keep your skin healthy, happy and glowing.’

From avoiding dry skin by ditching face wipes to applying oatmeal cream to lock in moisture, the expert has shared her secret hacks exclusively with FEMAIL…

Beauty and skincare expert Jane Scrivner, from London, who has worked in the industry for over 30 years, has revealed her top Autumn/Winter skincare switch-ups. Pictured, stock image

Beauty and skincare expert Jane Scrivner, from London, who has worked in the industry for over 30 years, has revealed her top Autumn/Winter skincare switch-ups. Pictured, stock image

Beauty and skincare expert Jane Scrivner, from London, who has worked in the industry for over 30 years, has revealed her top Autumn/Winter skincare switch-ups. Pictured, stock image

STOP STRIPPING  

‘The most common skin concerns during the autumn/winter months are dryness and irritation, so avoid any products that will strip your skin of its natural oils.’

‘The worst culprit is face wipes, but this also includes mechanical scrubs, foaming cleansing or any products with a high alcohol and/or fragrance content.’

‘During the colder months you want to focus on putting on and putting in good, nourishing ingredients – not taking away the natural moisture you already have.’

DON’T JUST CLEAN YOUR SKIN – NOURISH AND CLEANSE  

‘When there is a lack of moisture in the air and the temperature is cold, your skin will thank you for using a rich, nourishing moisturiser that will not only cleanse but feed, replenish, revive and refresh your skin.’

‘Cleansing balms, milks or oils are the best option here. Think of it as cleaning build-up off your skin, not cleaning your skin off.’

EXFOLIATE 

‘Use gentle acids to exfoliate your skin during the autumn/winter months. Exfoliation is important all year round but you don’t want to irritate or leave the skin raw and unprotected, which is often the case with mechanical scrubs.’

Jane Scrivner (pictured), from London, is a beauty and skincare expert with over thirty years of experience in the industry

Jane Scrivner (pictured), from London, is a beauty and skincare expert with over thirty years of experience in the industry

Jane Scrivner (pictured), from London, is a beauty and skincare expert with over thirty years of experience in the industry

‘By using Alpha Hydroxy Acids, like Malic, Lactic or Glycolic acid, you’re unsticking the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin rather than physically scrubbing them away.’

‘Look for formulas that contain a blend of acids as these tend to be gentler and will work on every level to resurface and stimulate skin cells for a fresh, youthful, clear complexion.’

SLEEP IN A FACIAL OIL 

‘If you don’t already have an oil in your regime, this is the time to incorporate one. Oils are the food we need to feed our skin and are the best way to nourish, replenish and restore the skin keeping it healthy, strong, plump and glowing.’

‘When your sleeping your skin is free from makeup, SPF and environmental stressors, in other terms its to-do list is very short, so can really benefit from your facial oil. This will allow you to wake up with bouncy, nourished, pillow-soft skin.’

‘When it comes to choosing facial oils, ingredients are key! Jojoba oil is always a firm favourite of mine as it works with all skin types but rosehip and argan oil are also fantastic options.’

‘Look at the ingredients list and make sure your chosen oil is one of the first ingredients listed, as this will mean its good quality.’

PREVENTATIVE AND PROTECTIVE MOISTURISERS 

‘During the winter we need to prevent and protect against dehydration by using the right moisturiser.’

‘To prevent Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL), aka dehydration, you need to use a protective moisturiser that will seal in moisture and prevent it from escaping.’

‘Moisturisers containing ingredients like oatmeal, mango or shea butter, will create a very fine protective film over the surface of your skin, which will seal in moisture, lock in all of the nutrients from your skincare and prevent dehydration.’

Jane's seasonal hacks include wearing preventative and protective moisturisers and using a body brush regularly. Pictured, stock image

Jane's seasonal hacks include wearing preventative and protective moisturisers and using a body brush regularly. Pictured, stock image

Jane’s seasonal hacks include wearing preventative and protective moisturisers and using a body brush regularly. Pictured, stock image

BODY BRUSH  

‘Exfoliate and dry body brush regularly throughout the autumn/winter months. We’re often so covered up in clothes due to the cold weather, which causes our skin to become dry very quickly as they act like a sponge to the body’s natural moisture.’

‘Regularly exfoliating the body will slough away the dead skin cells and stimulate your circulation, which tends to become quite sluggish throughout the chilly season.’

BATHE WITH OILS 

‘Don’t decapitate your skincare! So often people only take care of the skin from the chin up and forget about the rest of the body.’

‘Add a couple of drops of oil into your bath or use a body/bath oil in the shower to prevent the skin all over the body from drying out.’

Jane Scrivner's Nourishing Cleanser (£33 from her website) contains over 85% organic jojoba oil which she says will 'will cleanse, moisturise, nourish and replenish your skin'

Jane Scrivner's Nourishing Cleanser (£33 from her website) contains over 85% organic jojoba oil which she says will 'will cleanse, moisturise, nourish and replenish your skin'

Jane Scrivner’s Nourishing Cleanser (£33 from her website) contains over 85% organic jojoba oil which she says will ‘will cleanse, moisturise, nourish and replenish your skin’

‘I always say, wear your body oil like your pyjamas! 

‘Apply your oil all over before slipping into your PJ’s before bed and the heat whilst sleeping will encourage absorption.’

AVOID SCARF CHIN 

‘When the weather gets really cold and we layer on scarfs, it’s common to experience breakouts around the chin where the material rubs across the skin.’

‘If your scarf is tied too tightly around your neck and chin you create a humid, damp environment which allows bacteria to breed, which can cause congestion and breakouts.’

‘Don’t tie your scarf too tight so the air is able to circulate and prevent this from happening. ‘

DON’T GET LAZY 

‘We all want to get into bed earlier and wake up later when the weather is miserable, plus we’re more covered up so it’s easy to let your beauty regime slip.’

‘To keep your skin feeling comfortable and looking healthy during the winter months you can’t forgo your skincare completely, but you certainly don’t need an extensive 12-step regime.’

You can double up on your products if they’re good quality. For example, you can use a cleanser to cleanse your skin and then add another light layer as a hydrating mask whilst you sleep.’

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