Skincare routines for the winter months


Beauty modelHi everyone,

The winter elements can play havoc on our complexions, so I've come up with various skincare routines which I hope will help tackle all your concerns.

For dry/ageing skin

You need to exfoliate up to three times a week as dead skin layers build up to help protect your skin against the harsh weather, but these layers also block your oils and serums from penetrating the skin.

Gatineau Activ Eclat Radiance Enhancing Gommage DuoUse a liquid exfoliator to buff away the dead skin cells, such as Papaya Enzyme peel from Elemis or their Tri-Enzyme range; Alpha-H Liquid Gold or Gatineau's Gommage.

You should also use more serums and oils, and step up to a richer day moisturiser and even a balm at night time. You can top up with your moisturiser throughout the day (paying more attention to very dry areas) and treat your skin to something a little more intense while you sleep, such as Decleor Aromessence Iris Night Balm.

For combination skin

Decleor Hydra Floral Anti-Pollution CreamCombination skin tends to become dehydrated, especially on the T-zone, and you may experience some dry patches too. So you need more moisturiser in the form of hydrating products, such as balancing oils and effective daily moisturisers like Decleor Hydra Floral or Elemis Maximum Moisture .

You can step it up a gear at night time with a richer formula. The key is to not use heavier products but layer up with lightweight formulas.

For oily skin

Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser DuoOily skin is usually 'happier' when washes and gels are used, but what you need to do in the winter months is include something a little more softening and moisturising without being heavy and greasy. If you're using Liz Earle's Light Skin Repair, why not try the Combination option.

When it comes to cleansing you could try Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish or Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser, which both have a richer texture – perfect for use at night. These luxurious textures will have a softening effect on your skin.

SBC Propolis Gel also works wonders in the winter months and will not bring you out in spots.

For sensitive skin

If you have sensitive skin, your go-to product will always be SOS Emergency Cream from Elemis. It needs no more explanation – just try it!


Everyone needs to look after their lips in the winter months so no matter what your age or skin type Gale Hayman's Lip Lift will work wonders.



  1. Rani Sharma December 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I have just started buying beauty products from QVC.
    I have vitilgo around my eye area and am consicous of this.
    I am searching for a mineral foundation which I can wear and will not remove my dermacover concealer around my eyes, anything you can recommend I can buy from QVC.
    I would appreciate your advice.

  2. karen stanyon December 29, 2011 at 10:31 am -  Reply

    hi alison
    i have red hair and a fiar freckled complexion,i have tried a couple of make up ranges from qvc(bare escentuals,mally)trying to find either a primer,foundation or powder that will even out the redness around my nose and give me a good base without looking caked,the above didnt make a marked improvement,can you help?i saw laura geller yesterday,any good?

  3. Alexandra O’Donovan December 29, 2011 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I wish you could actually see my skin, the improvement is amazing and its all down to you knowledge and advice. or me I have found it best to change products on a regular basis, be it LE, Elemis, Decleor. Gatineau, for me I find that my skin can get a little lazy so for me its better to change. My pores are reduced and my skin is more fresh and dewy looking. Thanks for all your help!

  4. susan dwerryhouse December 29, 2011 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

    hi alison
    need some advice at the moment i am using elemis products i have a problem with my chin area i have a red patch no matter what ive tried is not working could you advise me please regards sue

  5. kelly moss December 29, 2011 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi I used to have lovely skin. Its pale n sensitive however over the last few months its gone dry n red! N its like i have red little pimples under my skin. Help im only 31!!
    Thankyou x

  6. Rachael O’Neill January 5, 2012 at 3:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Hope you had nice Christmas & New Year. Im sending this for my mum,she has Lupus and has very sensitive skin and uses Elemis S.O.S Emergency Cream, as this is probably the only thing that does not burn her skin, as she has tried many brands from QVC. she heard recently on QVC that there will be a duo of S.O.S & Daily Redness Relief cream, have you any idea when Keeley will bring this out? As I can only find one set on QVC with the daily redness relief cream in, its 15ml, my mum has a small sample of this cream and it has been ok for her, but in the meantime she will order this set until a duo of them both are made.
    Just like to day also your tips & advice have become very helpful to me & my mum and I have learnt a lot from you and I look after my skin with qvc products.
    Thank you
    Rachael O’Neill

  7. parbin January 6, 2012 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

    hi alison
    im asian and i seem to have dull lifeless skin.
    i have been using alpha H for a year and i dont seem to see a change.also i have been using altra sun for a year too but i still become dark during the summer and winter months

  8. Tracey Holdom January 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I really could use some help & advice, I went through premature menopause @ 25 years old, Im now 41, had major surgery again in the last 2 weeks and my skin is really deteriorating fast. I use tri-enzyme and pro-radiance cleansers, which my skin adores and they do work well, however I cannot for the life of me find a good enough moisturiser which does`nt require re-application several times daily.My skin wont tolerate Decleor or Gatineau, highly perfumed, nor high essential oil content. I have tried the pro collagen marine cream, which was just ok, but nothing special. I dont have wrinkles or sagging skin,its lost its elasticity, its extremely dry,dull,lumpy (hence the elemis) sore and paper thin, with fine lines on cheeks and between eyebrows. My skin drinks moisturiser and the thicker the better! I have been looking at the Judith Williams, PRAI & Emma Hardie creams any recommendations on these? Kind Regards

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