While summer is all about sun protection and light products appropriate for the sweaty conditions, winter is coming. And with that, the frosty weather could wreak havoc on your complexion if you’re not properly prepared.

“The key to keeping skin balanced and healthy in the winter is effective moisturisation,” Margaret Weeds, botanist and founder of Odylique, explains to Cover Media. “This maintains the skin’s protective barrier against the elements, by guarding against dryness, as well as invading bacteria and other toxins which may cause irritation or spots.”

“However, rather than slapping on thick, greasy and ineffective moisturisers that can be detrimental to your skin, you should look for an oil-free alternative such as ZO Skin Health Daily Power Defence as it not only rebuilds your skin’s natural barrier function, but also helps to protect from free radicals,” adds Dr Rekha Tailor, founder of Health and Aesthetics.

ZO Skin Health DAILY POWER DEFENSE – Credits © zoskinhealth.com

Dr Tailor also recommends paying close attention to the ingredients in your products.

“For instance, hyaluronic acid is a powerful hydrator, it draws water up from the deeper layers of the skin into the more superficial layers,” she shares. “Glycolic acid and salicylic acid are both great for speeding up the shedding of the dead, dry and dull skin. These are great contributors to the healthy glow we all desire.”

And adequate hydration is not just for the skin, but equally important for the lips. Your pout is more prone to becoming sore and chapped during chilly winter months.

“As the weather gets colder our lips get dryer and can sometimes crack which can lead to a painful experience,” says Megan Steel, leisure manager at Fistral Spa in Cornwall, England. “I would recommend using ESPA’s PinkPom Lip Balm throughout the day to keep lips kissable but for problematic lips, use the nourishing lip treatment at night to plump and hydrate.”

ESPA Pink Pomelo Lip Balm – Credits © espaskincare.com

Finally, be mindful of the conditions of your home, which can have a huge impact on your skin.

“Central heating and low humidity can exacerbate many existing skin conditions like rosacea and acne, as well as make skin super sensitive. A humidifier in your bedroom and living room, two rooms you probably spend most of your time in, will infuse the air with moisture helping to soothe dried out, itchy skin,” advises Lesley Reynolds, co-founder of Harley Street Skin Clinic. She also suggests placing metal bowls of water on top of free standing radiators.

“Every time the heating comes on, it will cause the water to evaporate, adding moisture to the air.”

Her other tips include swapping dehydrating coffee for green tea, which is packed with antioxidants, and keeping showers short and lukewarm to avoid stripping the skin of essential oils.

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