Keep Skin Smooth and Nourished During Dry Winter Months

One of my pet peeves about skincare, and probably one of yours, is how dry and difficult my skin can be during winter. I for one always have to change things up in my skincare routine to ensure my skin doesn't become too dry and start breaking out. If, like me, you're still a little unsure how to change your routine and help your skin cope during winter, then this post is for you. 

I am so happy to be able to collaborate with the wonderful Chelsea Mason from Pure Skin Tone and put together a great plan to combat the skin issues you may face during winter. I'm definitely no expert on these things, all I know is more ways to spend your money (typical), so Chelsea has devised some wonderful tips to introduce into your daily routine and I'm here to share my top five products that I love to use to rehydrate and repair my skin during winter.

Origins Drink Up Mask Intensive 100ml £23 / Clarins Beauty Flash Balm £29 / REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk 150ml £16 / LUSH Mask of Magnanimity 375g £9.75 / Aesop Oil Free Facial Hydrating Serum 100ml £43 / Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Intensive Lip Repair Balm 11.6ml £17

Here is Chelsea's amazing run down of all things winter skincare;

If you already have dry skin, then winter is bound to exacerbate the problem with dropping temperatures and low humidity, both indoors and out. Most people don’t know, however, that even people with normal or oily skin may experience symptoms of dryness during the winter, including redness, chapping, itching, flaking, peeling and inflammation.

Why? Well, super hot showers dry you out, while high thermostats suck moisture out of the air and therefore out of your skin. The environment is also harsher in winter, with chapping winds and the sun’s rays, which are still damaging in winter.

Luckily, by minimizing harmful factors and protecting your skin, you can minimize seasonal dryness. This infographic on illustrates some of the best ways to protect skin, like avoiding long, steamy showers and wearing a sweater instead of cranking the heater. Other helpful habits include wearing gloves to protect delicate hand skin from chilly breezes and sunblock to block UV rays.

You can also do yourself a favor by switching up your skincare routine during dryer months. Even if you normally use a water-based moisturizer, you may benefit from an oil-based one in winter. Avoid harsh soaps and clay masks during this time, and use a mild “milk-like” cleanser. Exfoliate once a week to remove buildup of dead skin cells and moisturize after every time you wash. If these steps don’t relieve your symptoms, it may be time to go see a specialist.

I'd like to say a big thanks to Chelsea for collaborating with me and sharing these amazing tips for winter skincare, I hope you all go and check out her infographic, it's so useful.

What are your favourite things to do or products to use on your skin during winter?

Merry Christmas!!

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