Colder weather causes our skin to retain less moisture while central heating doubles the problem by drying out the air and leeching moisture from the body, so a good skincare routine is vital.
Face the weather: Our faces take the brunt of the winter weather so it's best to take action before the problems start. Don't scrimp on your cleanser and then follow up with a rich moisturiser. As the weather gets colder it is often our lips that suffer first. A travel pot of Vaseline works a treat and fits nicely in your handbag/pocket.
Liven up a dull complexion: The secret to keeping skin fresh looking is maintaining your routine. Cleanse and moisturise daily and use the right night cream. If you can grab 10 minutes once a week to exfoliate and apply a face mask you'll see the results. To avoid skin drying out, turn the central heating down a notch and open a window to allow moisture into the room. Drink plenty of water and you'll see an improvement to the tone and appearance of your complexion.
Avoid hair static: Flyaway static hair always seem to get worse as it gets colder. This is because heating makes the air dry which in turn dehydrates your hair. There are simple things you can do to minimise the problem:
- Deep condition - treat your hair to a deep conditioning treatment as moisturised hair will be less prone to static.
- Leave-in conditioner - spray onto wet hair after you have shampooed and conditioned.
- Avoid harsh chemicals - hair products with alcohol in them will dry your hair out.
- Anti-static sprays - you can buy sprays which can help. You can also spray it into hoods and hats!
Sort out your rough patches: Exfoliation is the name of the game here. Get yourself a body brush and gently brush your whole body. Direct your strokes away from your heart and all the way to your fingers and toes. Then apply a body scrub. There are some great salt based scrubs (standing in the bath whilst you apply is a good idea). Apply in gentle circles to arms, legs, elbows, feet and knees - concentrating on rough patches and then rinsing in the bath or shower.
Love your hands: Your hands need extra loving at this time of year. Treat yourself to a good hand cream and apply it often. Wear rubber gloves whilst doing housework and slather your hands in cream before you put them on. The heat from your hands will make the cream work harder. Wear gloves outside to protect your hands. Switch soap for a natural foaming wash to treat your hands.
Look after yourself: Give your diet a makeover. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables is paramount to good skin. Try to exercise - believe it or not, working up a sweat is not only great for our bodies, it also boosts the skin by releasing toxins, resulting in a smoother, healthier complexion.