We can’t think of a more uncomfortable sensation than having dry, flaky skin in winter. You might think that the answer to your dry skin woes is water, and lots of it, but dry skin needs a little more than basic H2O to stay hydrated. While dehydrated skin lacks water, dry skin lacks natural oils (also called sebum). People with dry skin struggle most of the year, but anyone with this skin type will tell you that winter is by far the worst time for those with dry skin. But fear not, these 6 tips to combat dry skin this chilly season should help you offer your skin some relief. From switching out your cleanser, to adding a luxurious mask, there’s so much you can do to hydrate and treat your skin during the cooler months.

Ditch the gel cleanser

Cold air holds less moisture, so a dip in the temperature can indeed be the cause for your skin being dryer than normal. Soap is another: The same suds that cleanse skin can also strip it of essential skin oils. While the chemical surfactants in most gel cleansers do a great job of removing dirt from the skin, you may want to consider switching to a more gentle cleansing milk or cream, like the Lush Ultrabland Cleanser, during winter to help your skin retain those all important oils.

LUSH Ultrabland

Exfoliate your skin

Winter is the time for exfoliation! If you’re new to the world of exfoliation, then try introducing a gentle exfoliator into your skincare routine once or twice a week. Exfoliation will help remove the build-up of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, thereby allowing your body to absorb and retain beneficial ingredients better and help restore your skin’s natural barrier.

Hydration, hydration, hydration

Hydration is key to happy skin in winter. If your skin is dry you may want to switch to a rich, creamier moisturiser, like Bioderma Hydrabio Cream, for the winter months and add in a hydrating serum. Layering intense hydrating serums and creams during your evening skin prep, will help keep your skin supple and healthy throughout the winter months.

Bioderma Hydrabio Cream

Use a face mask

Another must in winter is a regular face mask. All it takes is 10 minutes twice a week to have happier skin. A high quality hydrating face mask with powerful active ingredients will help boost dull winter skin and give you a glowing complexion.

Don’t forget your sunscreen

Even when it’s miserable outside, your skin is still being exposed to harmful UV rays from the sun. Include a facial sunscreen in your daily morning skin routine to avoid sun damage creeping up on you. If your skin is very sensitive in winter try a soothing facial sunscreen like La Roche-Posay Anthelios Shaka Fluid. This very high, broad-spectrum sunscreen was designed with sun intolerant skin in mind so is a perfect choice for winter.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultralight Tinted Fluid SPF50

Treat yourself once a month!

If you can afford it, treating yourself to a professional facial treatment every month will help keep skin hydrated and enhance your sense of well-being from the inside out. We love the Sothys Hydra 3HA Intensive Facial treatment. An intensively hydrating facial treatment, with a generous helping of pampering thrown in for good measure, the 90-minute Hydra 3HA Intensive Facial treatment is a real spoil for the skin and the soul during the cooler months. Read our full review of this incredible facial here.

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