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Few of us would label winter as our best skin season – whether yours is red and over-sensitive or dull and dry, cold weather can play havoc with complexions. Fortunately, beauty brand Fresh is on hand to get you back to dewy radiance and are offering 50 SL readers a FREE gift worth £25 with their online orders.*
A firm SL favourite for getting glowier skin, here’s how to use their bestselling products to winter-proof your skin...
*The first 50 orders made using SL’s special code will receive three FREE deluxe samples worth £25 with their order; simply enter SHEERLUXE at checkout.
Use A Gentle Cleanser
Good skin starts with a thorough yet gentle cleanse, so use a cleanser that won’t strip the skin of natural oils and will protect it's protective barrier. Those with sensitive skin should make a bee-line for Fresh’s cult Rose Cleansing Foam, £34, which is soothing and anti-inflammatory, while those with dry and dehydrated complexions will love the nourishing Seaberry Cleansing Oil, £34.
Protect Against UV Rays
As 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate clouds, it’s crucial to protect your skin even in the depths of winter. Plus, studies also show that wearing SPF daily can slow the ageing process by up to 24%. The Peony Brightening UV Shield Sunscreen, £46, is our top choice for a brighter complexion, while the handy Sport Treatment Stick, £22.50, has you covered for quick, on-the-go applications.
Exfoliate More Often
Dry skin isn’t as efficient at shedding dead cells, so it’s worth investing in an exfoliator to keep dullness at bay and tackle uneven pigmentation during the winter. Whatever your preferred texture – whether it’s the Sugar Face Polish, £52, a facial scrub-cum-treatment mask, or the purifying Umbrian Clay Face Exfoliant, £30 – remember to go gently as over-zealous scrubbing can overstimulate oily skin and leave dry skin feeling even drier. For best results, use at night and follow with a layer of serum and moisturiser to lock in your glow.
Use A Weekly Mask
Whether your skin is sensitive or prone to blemishes, Fresh has a face mask for you. Brimming with botanicals, their mask range combines high-performance ingredients with ancient beauty rituals. Our favourites include the Rose Face Mask, £52, a unique gel formula infused with real rose petals, and the Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask, £77, a quenching treatment that works in sync with the skin’s natural night-time recovery process to give you a firmer look by morning.
Give Your Eyes Extra TLC
The skin around the eyes is more fragile, more prone to dryness and quicker to show signs of age and fatigue than anywhere else, and even more so during winter when central heating and harsh weather take their toll. Arm yourself with one of Fresh’s hero eye creams – the newly launched Crème Ancienne Eye Serum, £128 will fight ageing and protect delicate skin – and apply using a tapping method to reduce puffiness. You also can't go wrong with the bestselling Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate, £65, proven to reduce the appearance of dark circles.
A dull complexion is a true cold-weather curse, as dry skin cells hinder light reflection and circulation gets sluggish. Bolster your beauty from the inside out by drinking at least two litres of water per day and loading up on omega-3s. Also try adding the hot-off-the-press FreshFace Instant Glow Luminizer, £26.50, into your regime – this clever illuminating cream will give a natural-looking glow to all skin tones, and can be worn alone or over make-up for instant radiance.
Take Care Of Your Lips
It’s not just your skin that needs a little extra help this winter – remember to slick on a protective lip balm daily and treat them with care (lips have no oil glands of their own, explaining why they chap and crack so badly in the cold). Try gently exfoliating your lips with the buffing Sugar Lip Polish, £19.50, a couple of times a week and for an overnight treat, the Sugar Lip Serum, £29.50, will restore moisture and plumpness to your pout.