Looking after your winter skin

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Written by katiebraithwaite

So we all know that winter can be a tough time of year. The stress of Christmas shopping for those awkward relatives and managing to stay warm without looking like an Eskimo are just two things; but when it comes to your skin, it can be really hard to maintain a healthy glow.

Here are my top tips for keeping your skin tip top after battling the cold and rain.

Stay Hydrated

As simple as this may seem, I find it a lot harder to make sure I drink enough fluids during the colder months compared to the summer. Keeping hydrated is the best (and easiest) way to keep your skin healthy. Sadly this does not include caramel lattes or hot chocolates with a shot of nutmeg, but water. Water is one of the earth’s natural sources and without it, we wouldn’t survive. So make sure you give your body enough to keep that dreaded dry skin away.

Maximise the moisturising

If you do have naturally dry skin, not a problem. Just keep moisturised! At the moment, I’m suffering from oily/dry combo skin. Every day, my skin has the habit of changing its ways. One day I’ll wake up and my skin will be so oily I can barely use any products on my face. Then the next day, it will be so dry that I want to use the whole contents of my moisturiser.

The best moisturiser I’m finding for my skin recently, is Simple’s Regeneration Day Cream, which is available from Boots for £5.25. Although the specific use of this product is to target ageing areas of the skin, I find that it really hydrates mine and keeps the moisture locked in throughout the day. For those night cream lovers, it’s also a great product to use as a cream that your skin can sit in all night long, without waking up and it looking greasy.

Avoid excess exfoliation

Although regular exfoliating is the best way to get rid of dead skin, when it’s dry this isn’t a good look! Your skin is already vulnerable to breaking in the cold weather, so you don’t want to add to this. You have many layers of skin, but your top layer is the one that protects you the most – so treat it with care! Adding a weekly, rather than daily, exfoliation to your beauty routine will help keep your skin fresh and new, without creating any more damage. Soap & Glory’s Greatest Scrub of All is the perfect product for this. Available from Boots for £9, its foaming face polish leaves your skin looking and smelling great.

Having all said that, the best advice I can give you is to love your skin. You only get one body and you can’t replace it. Live in it and love it!

What are your top tips for looking after your skin during the winter? Let us know in the comments below!