5 ways to winterproof your skin
It’s that time of year again: the clocks have gone back, Christmas is creeping onto shop shelves and you’ll be forced to rummage through your wardrobe for your thickest knit jumper. While you might be looking forward to the frosty mornings and festive season (mulled wine certainly helps), let us let you in on a secret: your skin isn’t. The icy winter air is no treat for your skin, and can leave it dry, chapped and lacking lustre.
But help is at hand. Dr Pamela Benito has years of experience in aesthetic treatments and knows how to create beautiful, naturally glowing skin, no matter the weather. Here, she reveals her top five ways to winterproof your skin:
1 Exfoliate and scrub
Have you ever noticed that sometimes in bleak winter, your skin resembles the colour of the rainclouds above? Don’t let that happen. By using an exfoliator to scrub away the dry layers of skin, you’ll reveal a radiant, soft layer underneath.
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2 Turn down the temp
We all know how glorious a hot shower feels on a cold day. However, you must resist. Hot water strips the skin of its natural oils and dries it out further. Lukewarm is the way to go, sorry!
3 Lock in moisture
Once you step out the bath or shower, towel off and gently massage a rich lotion all over your body to lock in hydration. During these cold, dry months, a lotion with glycerine will be your guardian angel – it helps form a protective layer, preventing moisture loss.
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4 Banish the chapped chops
We all know the cold of winter can do brutal things to our lips. To reinject some life into them, keep a lip serum with you at all times. For night-time, it’s a good idea to use one containing sugar, as it will help soothe throughout the night.
5 Keep hydrated
While many of us sip on hot teas and coffees all day long, it’s a good idea to reach for a glass of water as much as you can. It will balance out the dryness of the weather outside. It’s also a good idea to invest in a humidifier for your home as it will increase the moisture in the air.
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