As we all start to feel the effects of winter approaching, we need to prepare our skin to ensure the winter weather does not make it skin dry, itchy and scaly! Here are my five top tips for winter skin care.
1. Moisturise, moisturise and moisturise!
Winter dryness can be severe for many, so you may need a different moisturiser for winter to what you use in summer. Choose a moisturiser that is oil-based instead of water-based, as oil-based moisturisers offer a deep protective layer. Look for products that are non-comedogenic as they aren’t greasy and won’t clog your pores. Night creams are fantastic to use at this time of the year too.
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2. Exfoliate weekly
Removing the top layer of dead cells on your face stimulates cell production in your skin. You may need to use your regular exfoliation more often through the coming winter months. Just make sure you don’t overdo it. During winter you will need to be a little more disciplined with your exfoliation routine; make sure you exfoliate regularly … don’t forget. The best time do this is in the shower while your conditioner is on.
TIP Microdermabrasion or skin peels are also a fantastic way to get the cells regenerating themselves – leaving your skin smooth and radiant.
Drinking plenty of water will give your skin a natural, healthy glow from the inside out. If it’s too cold, try a nice, hot cup of herbal tea. For optimal skin health, try using a hydrating mask after you exfoliate. Your skin barrier is slightly weakened when you exfoliate, so adding extra hydration will make all the difference.
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4. Stop licking your lips
Everyone gets the urge to lick their lips when they feel a little chapped … but don’t! Licking your lips will make them more chapped. Keep a tube or jar of lip balm with you at all times.
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5. Don’t forget the sunscreen
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can forget about the sun. Even though you may feel as though the sun has left you deserted in the cold, the UV remains powerful all year round, so use at least an SPF 30+ sun lotion on exposed skin before you go out.