It’s not only our heating bills that cold weather affects. Winter weather can also make your skin dry, crack and flaky which is why you need to give it some extra TLC during these frosty months. Keep reading to discover some tips to banish dry skin this winter.

Moisturise

I thought that I would start with the obvious one. You should choose a moisturiser based on your skin type. For dry skin, you should opt for one that is thick and oil based rather than water based as it will protect the skin better. Read the ingredients of the moisturiser and avoid anything containing alcohol or perfume as this will dry your skin out. A good moisturiser should reinforce your skins protective layer.

Bundle Up

Wear layers when you’re venturing into the cold outdoors! If you get too hot you can take some off but it’s important to protect your skin against the cold air.

Wear Suncream

I’ve gone from obvious to confusing with this one. Wearing suncream in the winter may seem a little strange but despite the lack of sun we’re experiencing, it’s still absolutely essential. SPF 15 at least, should be worn on your face neck and hands every single day to protect you against UVA rays. Bare this tip in mind particularly if you are exposed to snow as the affects of UV light is even more applified.

Ditch the soap

I’m not telling you to stop washing…but try and stay clear or very harsh soaps, perfumed products and those containing alcohol as these can strip the skin of natural oils and sometimes cause irritation.

Nutrition

You are what you eat! A good diet will reflect inside and out. Eating omega fatty acids found in oily fish and olive oil can help skin retain moisture better. Other great skin saving foods include; nuts, seeds, avocado, dark leafy greens and broccoli – due to their high Vitamin E content which will help sooth and repair dry and damaged skin.

Stay Hydrated

While water doesn’t directly hydrate your skin, it is important to replenish your stores each day. If you become dehydrated this is when your skin will suffer. Try and drink around 8-10 glasses of water a day. Also, try and avoid drinking too much caffeine and alcohol as this can also dehydrate your skin.

Keep it Cool

Exposing your skin to hot water for too long can suck natural oils and moisture from your skin. Use lukewarm water (this doesn’t sound too appealing in winter I know) instead of your usual hot hot shower.  Apply moisturiser after showering so that you’re skin is still damp.

Use a Humidifier

The lack of moisture in the air during the cold months of the year can cause dry and damaged skin difficulties. It may be difficult to move to a sub-tropic climate so investing in a humidifier might be a more practical option. Humidifiers can put moisture back into the air and prevent very dry skin. They are also great for your sinuses!

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