The temperature has really dropped in the UK recently, and this can cause our skin to suffer. The combination of cold, dry weather, winter sniffles and hardcore central heating all make our skin drier than normal. Here we look at some easy ways you can keep your skin supple and glowing whatever the weather.
Drink more water
It may sound obvious, but hydration really does start from the inside. Up your water intake (yes, hot drinks count too) and eat plenty of fruit and veg with high water content such as apples, pears, grapes and leafy greens.
Reduce your time in hot showers/baths
Yes, we know, when it’s cold outside sitting in a hot bath for hours is tempting, but all that hot water will only dry out your skin. If you want a long soak in the bath/shower, try and make the water lukewarm rather than hot and add a bath/shower oil to boost it’s hydration power.
Exfoliate your body, face and lips
Exfoliation should become a key step in your beauty routine come winter, and this means your body, face and lips. For your body try to get into the habit of dry body brushing to improve circulation and help moisturisers penetrate the skin better. For your face use a gentle exfoliator every couple of days and for your lips use a dedicated lip-scrub regularly.
Moisturise your body with oil
Oil is big news in the beauty world at the moment, which is great news for dry skin. Apply oil (coconut or jojoba are ideal) on its own after your shower or layer it over your usual moisturiser for a deep conditioning treatment.
Give hands and feet special attention
Our extremities often get overlooked in winter, so make sure you treat them to some TLC to keep them soft. Use a thick, rich cream and layer it on your hands/feet before covering up with cotton gloves/socks overnight. In the morning you should have softer, healthier looking skin.
Use a hydrating facemask
Give your face an extra hit of hydration with a moisture-boosting facemask – you can either buy one or make your own (avocado, Greek yoghurt and honey are all great ingredients for this). Also make sure you’re using a rich moisturiser every day after cleansing.
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