Beauty Clinic: Winter TLC for skin
Q. I am 44 with slightly sensitive dry skin. When I cleanse with a hot cloth cleanser, the pores at the side of my nose look stretched and my skin looks crêpey. But if I don’t cleanse, the skin at the side of my nostrils is uncomfortable. I do also need deeper exfoliation weekly but worry that this may cause broken capillaries. Can you advise? A It sounds to us as if you should give your complexion a rest. We wonder if perhaps you are just giving it too much to cope with, especially in the winter months. So we are going to suggest a few things that might help keep your skin calm as well as super-clean.
Firstly, we suggest switching to a very gentle natural cleanser such as Essential Care Creamy Coconut Cleanser. This plant-based, organically-certified product from a pioneering mother/daughter brand based in Suffolk has always scored highly with our Beauty Bible testers.
One tester commented: ‘works quickly and removes all traces of make-up, grease and grime – skin felt mega-clean after this, and I’d switch brands in a minute’. Another said: ‘does what it says, leaving skin soft, clean and moisturised’.
We both have sensitive skins and almost never exfoliate, except with a soft muslin cloth after cleansing. In fact, most facial exfoliators do warn you not to use them if you have sensitive skin. If you do decide you need a scrub, we recommend something incredibly gentle once a fortnight only: use the lightest circular movements (applying pressure using ringer fingers means you can't overdo it). Those which we resort to very occasionally - only when skin's looking really dingy - are Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator, This Works Clean Skin Moisture Scrub (you can read our review of it on the site here) and Origins Modern Friction.
Finish off with a calming mask (do this weekly): Elemis Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Mask, is a creamy rich miracle-worker, according to our testers for The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible (new edition now available from www.victoriahealth.com). One tester raved: ‘Instantly lifted and tone my skin, revealing a more radiant complexion, felt glorious and beautiful smell; left with such a soft, glowing skin and fine lines smoothed out, really hydrated and plumped out skin’.