When the cold weather starts to creep up on us, so do certain skin problems such as dryness, redness and sensitivity. Luckily, leading skin experts can give you plenty of solutions to help you keep your skin in the best possible condition all year round, regardless of the weather.

Skip any intense exfoliation

While exfoliation is still an important step in your skincare regimen, you should aim to avoid any harsh products that might dry out or irritate your skin. In the winter, dropping intense exfoliation to around once a month will allow your skin to retain most of its moisture. After every ex-foliation, apply a rich hydrating moisturiser to help your skin rehydrate.

Switch to lukewarm water

Washing your face with lukewarm water means that you won’t be exposing your skin to different extremes of temperature that can actually do nothing but irritate. Hot water may help to open your pores, but it also strips away your skin’s natural oils and makes it dry.

Hot water may help to open your pores, but it also strips away your skin’s natural oils and makes it dry.

Don’t forget to moisturise

Your skin needs more moisture in the winter, particularly right after you’ve washed your face. In that case, it’s important to invest in a good moisturiser that will help your skin seal in hydration. Look for a nourishing product that contains essential oils such as lavender, jojoba or chamomile.

Wave goodbye to chemicals

No matter the season, natural skincare products are always the best way to go. A lot of products contain chemicals and fragrances that do nothing for your skin but to make it smell nice and for that reason, many people are choosing to make the switch to alternatives that are guaranteed to be 100% natural. Companies such as Tropic Skincare, for example, boast a range that’s not only completely natural but cruelty-free too.

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Get your beauty sleep

As the age old saying goes, getting forty winks is important to help you both feel and look good. Failing to get enough sleep every night will start to take its toll and increase the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles under our eyes. Avoid any technology around 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime, and you’ll find it easier to drift off to sleep. Your skin will certainly thank you for it.

Avoid any technology around 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime, and you’ll find it easier to drift off to sleep.

Whip up a DIY mask

Take a look in your fridge, and you’ll be surprised at what you can use to create a completely natural and moisturising face mask. Ingredients such as avocado, banana, yoghurt and certain oils can be mixed together to create a smooth paste that when left on your skin for some time will provide some much-needed moisture during these chillier months.

Stay hydrated from the inside out

It’s no secret that drinking water is always important. However, if you struggle to hit the right amount each day why not try eating your way to fabulous skin with water-rich foods such as watermelon, celery, cucumber, and carrots. These fruits and veggies will hydrate your skin from the inside out, providing you with a glow even on the most overcast days.