Winter left your skin cracked and dry? Here’s what to do

18 January 2016

Plummeting temperatures, icy cold mornings, dry, chapped skin – January can be a miserable month. If the recent change in weather has left your skin feeling dry, sore and flaky we’ve got some tips to help you get your glow back.

Moisturise after your shower

Everyone knows how important moisturiser is for maintaining a great complexion. Apply yours daily as soon as you step out of the shower to lock in moisture and keep your skin feeling soft, smooth and supple.

Turn down the temperature

It’s natural to want to turn your shower to the hottest temperature to warm up after coming in from the cold – but experts recommend showering in slightly cooler water so your skin isn’t constantly battling the two extremes.

Switch to oil-based formulas

If you suffer from extremely dry skin, try switching to an oil-based moisturiser to give your skin a hydrating treat. Try not to apply this too often though as it could clog your pores and lead to breakouts. Once a day is sufficient.

Remember to apply sunscreen

It may not be warm out but UV rays can still penetrate your skin, whatever the weather. Be sure to apply sunscreen daily for maximum protection for your skin.

Mix up a DIY face mask

Mash up an avocado and mix with a spoonful of oatmeal – apply to your face and allow it to soak in for around 10 minutes then rinse with warm water and moisturise. Your skin will feel baby soft and smooth due to the gentle exfoliating action of the oatmeal and the moisturising healthy fat found in the avocado.

Stay hydrated

Drinking plenty of water will not only help to keep your skin sufficiently hydrated but will also keep it soft. If you can’t bear drinking cold tap water, try herbal teas instead.

Cleanse with milk

Milk isn’t just essential for strong, healthy bones – it can also help to soothe dry skin as it contains anti-inflammatory properties. You can incorporate it into your cleansing regime simply by dipping your facial cloth into it and applying to the problem area for around five minutes.

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