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How to Build an Effective Winter Bodycare Routine

Seek solace in Liberty’s guide to maintaining comfortable, glowing skin
By: Laura Kennedy

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How to Build an Effective Bodycare Routine

How to Build an Effective Bodycare Routine

Seek solace in Liberty’s guide to maintaining comfortable, glowing skin, whatever the weather

By: Laura Kennedy

On the average winter day, it can be easy to forget that we have skin in need of care underneath all those warm layers. Cocooned in soft knits and buttery leather boots on our annual mission to maximise winter snugness, we can lose touch with our skin. We ask a lot of it, subjecting it to everything from gruelling, sweaty workouts and fabric friction to the temperature fluctuation of chilly streets and heated offices. Without a winter skincare routine, the result is tight, flaky, and itchy skin that feels uncomfortable and looks dull or irritated. This is easily preventable with a good bodycare routine and the right products. Here’s everything you need to know to build a winter skincare routine for your skin type, the Liberty way.

DAILY

The Cleanser

Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash, £29

On a dark morning, something aromatic helps to enliven us and get us ready for the day, but skin health always comes first. This naturally scented and nourishing formula combines antibacterial rosemary with sharp Chinese eucalyptus, warm sandalwood and soothing lavender. Skin is perfectly cleansed and prepped for skincare.

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The Hydrator

Necessaire The Body Serum Fragrance-Free, £45

We’re all familiar with the hydrating miracles that hyaluronic acid can perform. It absorbs instantly into the skin, providing immediate hydration and relief during the cold winter months. This unscented body serum gives winter skin a tremendous hydration boost resulting in glowier, more comfortable skin.

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The Moisturiser

Dizziak Body Conditioner, £20

If you are prone to dry or flaking skin, a great moisturiser will help boost your skin’s barrier function, preventing transepidermal water loss and keeping moisture in the skin. Perfect for dryer skin types, this rich, buttery body cream is packed with nourishing ingredients like inca inchi oil and shea butter for intense, lasting moisturisation.

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The Cuticle Care

Margaret Dabbs Nourishing Nail and Cuticle Serum Pen, £12

A hand cream is always good to have in your bag, but many formulations are too thick to absorb efficiently into cuticles and nails without also absorbing into your laptop keyboard, your hair and everything else you happen to touch throughout the day. This hydrating serum contains nourishing oils, including antibacterial tea trea, and is perfect for weak, brittle nails or fraying and damaged cuticles, but it won’t feel heavy on the skin. Apply as needed, and before bed.

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TWICE WEEKLY

The Exfoliator

Dizziak Body Scrub, £24

If your skin is oily, a scrub twice weekly will help prevent congestion and keep things in tip top condition. If you’re on the dry end of the spectrum, a scrub once a week will prevent dullness and maximise the efficacy of your other skincare. This is the perfect winter scrub – with babassu oil and glycerin, it doesn’t strip or stress, but moisturises even as it sloughs away dull surface skin to reveal the plumper, more glowing layer beneath.

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The Foot Cream

Aveda Foot Relief, £23

Every spring we attempt to put neglected feet into open-toed shoes and despair. By maintaining moisturised, comforted skin through the winter, you ensure crack- and callous-free, sandal-ready feet when the time comes. Enriched with lavender, castor and jojoba oils, this softening and deodorising cream will keep feet at their best. Just massage it in before going to bed a couple of nights a week so that it can work its magic as you sleep.

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WEEKLY

The Oil

Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Nourishing Dry Body Oil, £35.50

Some people love to use a body oil daily for the pretty gloss it gives the skin, and for their intensive moisturising power. This dry oil is supremely comforting, bolstering your skin’s natural barrier and keeping it supple and soft. To stave off flakiness and tightness, use a good body oil like this one in place of a serum and moisturiser at least weekly. If you find oil a faff to apply, try massaging it into wet skin in the shower after washing, then towel off as usual when you emerge. Your oil will go further, and you’ll be left with intensely moisturised skin rather than any residue.

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