The cold weather can be hard on your skin, leaving it dry and cracking and generally looking a bit dull. Luckily, you can take a few steps to ensure your skin stays healthy and hydrated.
Firstly, you want to make sure you're keeping as much of your skin's natural moisture locked in as possible. Avoid using soaps that are too harsh which could strip the oils away.
Also try and refrain from using hot water when washing your face. Opting for warm water instead can help keep moisture in as too much heat can actually dry your skin out further.
Using a good quality moisturiser to help dry skin lock in moisture over the winter months is important. An oil-based moisturiser or deep overnight hydration cream is great during the cold weather to restore the skin and keep it soft and smooth.
If you send a lot of time outdoors, remember to keep applying SPF throughout the winter, as even though the sun isn’t shining there is still a risk of UV damage. The bright winter sun can cause more damage to your face as it reflects off the snow. Using a natural SPF moisturiser is a great way to protect and hydrate the skin. Sun cream can help protect your skin from harm and prevent sun damage, which can cause further dryness and cracking. However, if you don't venture much outside then sun creams are not needed (when you are mostly covered by clothing), you do need some vitamin D so grab a little sunshine every day.
Make sure you stay hydrated throughout the winter. While it's tempting to live off hot chocolates and mulled wine, you should keep up your water intake to ensure your skin is hydrated from the inside out.
Another way you can keep your skin healthy is to use a humidifier to keep the air in your home moist to avoid it drying the skin out. This is especially important if you have central heating on a lot as the warm air can easily dry your skin out further and amplify the effects of winter.