Top Tips to Combat Winter Skin

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Dry, scaly skin. It has to be one of the worst things about winter well, that and the bitter cold!

But there are some beauty tricks you can try to keep your skin in top condition. Because who knows when you'll next be revealing your pins to the world.

1. See a skin specialist

If you frequently suffer from dry and irritated skin, consider seeing a skin specialist such as a dermatologist. There could be underlying reasons to your winter skin, and they will be able to recommend a suitable skin care plan. If you have dermatitis or eczema, they can get to the root of the cause rather than products that simply mask the condition.

2. Avoid hot showers

There?s nothing quite as satisfying as a long, hot shower on a cold day. But scorching water saps moisture from the skin and strips its protective surface. Instead, turn the temperature down and have shorter showers (which is good for your skin, wallet and the environment!)

3. Use the right skin cleanser

In winter, you may need to switch up your skin care regime. Opt for a gentle skin cleanser, rather than one filled with harsh chemicals. Never rub your skin, but rather gently pat on the body wash and rinse.

4. Add moisture

A quality moisturizer is key to combatting scaly skin. Use an oil-based product that seals in moisture. Coconut oil and argan oil are great natural options.

Gently pat the moisturiser onto the skin and reapply it throughout the day. You may find your hands get drier in winter, as they are exposed to the elements. So keep a small tube handy for reapplying throughout the cold snap.

5. Eat up your omega 3s

Our skin often reflects what's going on inside our bodies. So if you want healthier, softer skin, you may want to tweak your diet. Increase your intake of fatty fish, as they are packed with omega-3 fats. You may also want to take krill oil supplements but check with your health professional before doing so.

6. Stay hydrated

Of course, the simplest trick to maintain hydrated skin is to drink more water. Indoor heating can dry our skin out just as fast as the sun does in summer, so down more water to stay healthy throughout the colder months.

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