winter skincare

5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin In Winter

Whether we love it or hate it, winter is here and it’s sticking around for a little while. 

Whilst this means we get to wear warm knits, drink warm mugs of hot chocolate and sit by a delicious fire; it also means that our skin can get a little irritated due to the cold conditions outside. 

Whilst winter can cause your skin to feel dry, irritated and dehydrated, there are a few simple ways in which you can give it some TLC this season. 

1. Drink plenty of water

Never underestimate the importance of drinking plenty of water in the winter months. Due to more time spent inside, the low humidity at this time of year can actually strip the skin of its moisture. This means that it’s SO important to keep on top of your water intake.

If you struggle to remember to drink water, we recommend keeping a bottle by your desk at work that you sip on throughout the day. 

And, if water isn’t something you enjoy drinking, add a little flavour with some lemon and lime, or opt for a warm herbal tea instead that will help you feel healthy and hydrated. 

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2. Keep your showers short

Whilst it can be extremely tempting to have a steaming hot 15 minute shower each morning as your body defrosts from the outside, hot showers can actually dehydrate you. 

Not only that, but they can also strip away natural oils from your body. 

Your skin will benefit a lot more from a 5-10 minute, lukewarm shower or bath. If you find that you step out of the shower and your skin is red and irritated, then you may have overdone it. 

3. Moisturise often

Moisturising is KEY at this time of the year, and is so beneficial for your skin (especially after showering).

Invest in a good quality, cream or ointment and apply it to your body after your morning shower, and in the evening before you hop into bed. 

Applying hand cream throughout the day is also important, especially after washing your hands. Also ensure that you really work the moisturiser into your hands, and use a cuticle oil for your nails too!

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4. Exfoliate Less

If your skin is quite dry at this time of year, refrain from exfoliating as regularly as you would in the warmer months. 

In the cooler months, your skin barrier is compromised due to the dryness and cool air. 

Limiting your exfoliation to once a week, or once every two weeks is key at this time of year, as it will also allow your moisturiser to work a lot better too. 

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5. Hydrate from the inside out

If your skin is quite dry at this time of year, refrain from exfoliating as regularly as you would in the warmer months. 

 In the cooler months, your skin barrier is compromised due to the dryness and cool air. 

 Limiting your exfoliation to once a week, or once every two weeks is key at this time of year, as it will also allow your moisturiser to work a lot better too.