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Glowy skin: Alex Steinherr reveals how to get a healthy winter glow

It’s cold outside… Beauty Director Alessandra Steinherr shares the secrets to achieving glowy skin whatever the weather

The plummeting temperature and icy wind can steal skin’s luminosity, but there are ways to get that healthy glowy skin back. From how to switch up your beauty routine to the essential radiance-boosting skincare and glowy makeup products, Beauty Director Alessandra Steinherr shares the secrets to fast-tracking a dewy, winter glow despite the season’s cold bite. 

Let’s start by asking the question – what is glowy skin? Essentially, it is skin that reflects light and to do that it needs to be both hydrated and smooth. In winter, there are lots of challenges for our skin, which means that this hydration and smoothness can prove elusive. The constant temperature adjustment from the biting cold outside to the warmth indoors and back again is one of the most stressful triggers for our complexion, leaving it tight, uncomfortable and dry. 

It’s also the season when we tend to spend a lot more time inside, where there’s little-to-no humidity in the air – once the central heating is on at home, it sucks out all the moisture. So regardless of what skin type you are, when you wake up in the morning, your skin is more likely to feel parched and dry, and it’s this dehydration which is also stealing your glow. 

There are, however, a few little tips and tricks that can turn the winter dullness around. Firstly, it may sound obvious, but make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day. But also, if you’re someone who really suffers from dehydration, try to sleep with a humidifier next to your side of the bed – Dyson does great ones. It really does make a difference, especially if the heating is on. In terms of skincare, look for products that contain a mix of humectants, like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, to hydrate skin; emollients such as shea butter and ceramides to soften; and occlusives like lanolin and petroleum jelly to lock in moisture and prevent trans-epidermal water loss. 

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The secret to glow is to keep the skin optimally hydrated, yes – but it’s also about exfoliating. The reason you need to exfoliate is that you want to speed up that cell renewal process. Skin is dull and lacklustre because the dead skin cells aren’t coming off quickly enough. We have this instinct when our skin is dry to pop more moisturiser or oil on (I know I do!), but what this does is glue the dead skin cells together when actually you should be getting rid of them. And don’t, just because your skin is feeling dry, be afraid to exfoliate. Just make sure you go about it gently.

Glowy skin essentially reflects light and to do that it needs to be both hydrated and smooth.”
Alessandra Steinherr

Indeed, in winter, whatever your skin type, you need to treat your complexion a little more kindly – as if it were sensitive, even if it’s not. So switch to a soap-free cleanser; you may like that squeaky clean feeling, but your skin doesn’t – that tight feeling is actually the sign of a stripped acid mantle. Add a hydrating essence for an extra layer of hydration. And generally focus on supporting your skin barrier instead of introducing too many aggressive actives. 

While skincare and a winter routine are essential for glowy skin, sometimes we want to fast-track that luminosity and makeup can really push that radiance. Here are my favourite glow-giving skincare and makeup products – some classics, others newly-launched – for dewy, luminous skin.

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My go-to makeup and skincare hero products

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The Exfoliator

DR SEBAGH
Deep Exfoliating Mask Sensitive Skin
£62

Make this your first step for glow as it’s the best exfoliator – really gentle, yet effective. The chemical exfoliant contains lactic and azelaic acids, which remove dead skin cells, while also boosting hydration.

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The Glow-Giving Oil

ALLIES OF SKIN
CE15 Bakuchiol Firming Oil
£148

This is a very active oil for an instant glow with skincare benefits. I recommend bakuchiol in winter as it has the anti-ageing, soothing benefits of retinol without the risk of excessive dryness.

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The Night Serum

CHANEL
Sublimage L’Extrait de Nuit Ultimate Repair Night Concentrate
£620

I am completely blown away by this innovative serum, which works overnight to promote cell regeneration and skin repair. You wake up looking instantly rested and fresher – it’s eight hours of sleep in a bottle.

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The Mask

SHANI DARDEN
Signature Nourishing Facial Mask
£54

The latest product from renowned Hollywood facialist Shani Darden is designed as a soothing post-treatment mask with squalane, colloidal oatmeal and antioxidants to boost stressed skin. Use weekly for a real self-care treat moment.

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The Eye Booster

MZ SKIN
LightMax Minipro Eyeconic LED
£240

These eye patches bring all the incredible boosting benefits of LED to the undereye area. They’re anti-inflammatory, stimulate collagen and strengthen the skin barrier, brightening, depuffing and reducing signs of fatigue.

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The Multi-Tasking Foundation

SHISEIDO
Revitalessence Skin Glow Foundation SPF30
£49

This is a great example of a foundation with added skincare benefits; ingredients include brightening niacinamide and fermented kefir for hydration. It gives medium coverage, making skin appear at its healthy best.

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The Eyeshadow

CHANTECAILLE
Radiant Gold Eye Shimmer
£65

This combination of gold with pink pearl is really gorgeous, making eyelids subtly twinkle. Flattering on most skin tones, it’s the perfect day-to-night eyeshadow.

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The Lip Gloss

LANCÔME
Juicy Tubes
£25

The 90s beauty staple is back. The new formula gives extra hydration, but with the same ultra-glossy finish for plump, cushiony lips. It comes in different shades – from neutral to brights – and finishes.

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The Undereye Saviour

NARS
Light Reflecting Eye Brightener
£26

I’ve tried many eye brighteners before, but this is a brightener-and-concealer-in-one that really targets dark circles and dullness. It’s creamy and glides on beautifully, bringing an instant luminosity to the under-eye area.

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