Here are some top tips to help you look after your skin:
- Moisturise to the max
Replenish the lost moisture. The best time to apply moisturiser is in a humid environment, such as straight after a bath or shower, as your skin is fully hydrated and the moisturiser will seal this hydration in. Up the amount of times a day your moisturise, with focus on hands and face.
- Drink up
Just because it’s cold out, doesn’t mean your body won’t need the hydration. Your skin needs hydration from the inside, as well as the outside. Filling up on fluids, such as water and green tea, will help keep you hydrated. It will also help reduce a dull complexion and improve the appearance of dry, flaky skin.
- Limit hot showers
There is nothing better than jumping in a hot shower after a long day (especially a soft water shower with all that lather!) but extremely hot showers can dry out your skin, rather than soothing and hydrating it. To avoid stripping the moisture from your cells, limit your hot showers to no more than 10 minutes a day.
- Soothe your skin
Conditions such as dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis tend to worsen in winter months. Friction can irritate skin, so sleep on silk sheets and gently pat skin with a towel after washing. Wearing cotton and natural fabrics close to skin that is smothered in thick lotion can help too.
Your skin needs more TLC in the winter months, introducing softened water to your routine can help improve it even more. When washing in hard water you use more products that can be abrasive to the skin, moisturising after can then block pores and rub in more of the minerals that are found in hard water.