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Wet and cold weather can play havoc on your skin

Winter skin care tips

There’s no denying the morning chill in the air and the shortening days – sure signs that winter is coming. And with the colder months, can come wet and windy days that can really cause skin issues to flare up. Your winter skin care regime may need shaking up to help prevent common problems like increased sensitivity, dryness, redness, itching and cracking.

Here’s some of our top tips for helping your skin continue to glow despite the possibly dreary weather this winter.

Tip one: Keep applying that sunscreen

It might feel like there’s less sun around, but those winter rays can still pack a skin-damaging punch. Damaging UV rays are still a risk in winter, so be sure to use sunscreen of SPF30+ or higher whenever you’ll be out in the sun for more than 20 minutes over the course of the day.

Tip two: Go gentle

Another thing to consider over winter is your choice of cleansing product. In summer, it can feel refreshing to use a foaming cleanser when you feel all hot and sweaty. But these products can often be too harsh in winter, when our skin is being subjected to cold winds and fluctuating temperatures.

Instead, consider a gentler cleansing option such as a cream or lotion style, or even an oil-based cleanser. These products can be just as effective at removing make up, dirt and daily grime, without stripping your skin’s naturally protective oils.

Tip three: Avoid temperature extremes

After a day braving the elements, there can be nothing more comforting than getting home and turning up the heating, or jumping into a hot bath or shower. But making your home too hot, or bathing in hotter water can do more harm than good to your skin. Experiencing these fluctuations in temperature can cause your skin to dry and crack.

Think about making your bath or shower more towards lukewarm rather than hot-hot-hot, but if you do indulge in a hot soak or shower, mitigate any moisture loss by immediately applying moisturiser after you dry off. This will help to lock in moisture and keep your skin healthy.

Tip four: Keep up your fluids

In summer, it’s usually easy to keep hydrated. Hot weather sees us reaching for our water bottle, plus we tend to eat lots of high-water content foods like crisp salads and crunchy fruits.

But as the weather cools down, it’s not unusual to start reaching for the comfort foods – can anyone say, “Pass the mashed potato, please?” But it’s important to make sure you’re still getting a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, not just empty starchy calories. Build your meals around a mix of vegetables to make sure you’re ticking those nutrition boxes as well as warming comfort. Think chicken and vegetable soup, hearty stews bulked out with handfuls of leafy greens and legumes, or even try replacing some of your mashed potato with pureed cauliflower, or swapping some pasta for zucchini noodles. Great skin starts from the inside, so give yourself the gift of tasty and nutritious food to boost your skin’s health.

And keep your fluids up with plenty of water and hot drinks. Great choices include green tea, which is packed with antioxidants, herbal infusions, broths and vegetable-rich soups. Hot drinks also tend to fill you up, so you’ll be less likely to over-indulge in some of those tasty but calorie-rich winter favourites.

Tip five: Lock in moisture with great products

Of course, regularly moisturizing is also a key element for winter skin care. Finding the product that works for your skin needs is vital and a great product should leave your skin feeling hydrated and supple all day long, whether you are in the outdoors, or flitting between an air-conditioned office and the street throughout the day. If you need to reapply during the day, you may need to consider other products.

CC creams, such as Revital Day and Night, can be a great option, providing moisture, anti-ageing properties and colour balancing all in one convenient product. Nourishing skin oils, like RosehipPro, can also provide your skin with the intense moisture boost needed over the cooler months.

Over to you

Does your skin flare up in the winter months? What are your tips for winter skin care?

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