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Oh, the glow: How to beat winter skin blues

Oh, the glow: How to beat winter skin blues

Winter is a fantastic season. It’s full of holidays, colder weather, fantastic layers, fluffy accessories and everything pumpkin spice and peppermint.

But with the colder temperatures comes dry, punishing air that can wreak havoc on your skin. Symptoms of winter skin include dry, itchy patches, dull skin tone and increased breakouts. But don’t despair! Here are three steps to include in your skin-care regime to help you beat the winter skin blues:

 

1. Exfoliation

Top dermatologists around the world recommend regular, gentle exfoliation to keep skin healthy and glowing. Most recommended is one containing alpha hydroxyl acids (like glycolic and lactic) increase cell turnover and collagen production. Because fresh, new skin is also more vulnerable to harsh UV rays, be sure not to skip the sunscreen, even on the coldest days.

 

2. Gentler cleansing

Consider cleansing wipes in the harsher months of the year, as tap water is one of the main culprits of stripping the necessary, protective oils in your skin. Colder weather means slower production of these essential skin savers, so saving yourself from stripping your skin will pay off in the long run in the form of a softer, suppler face.

 

3. Hydration, hydration, hydration

Everything’s drier in the winter, including you. Yes, moisturiser is key to keeping your skin healthy during the colder months, but even more important is hydration from within. Making sure you’re drinking enough water each day gives your skin the boost it needs.

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