During the winter months, it can feel as though there’s no escape from the skin-damaging elements.

The cold, dry air sucks the moisture from our skin, as does artificial indoor heating. Even those with typically oily skin find their complexion is thrown off balance during the winter.

If you’re suffering from particularly dry, irritated skin this winter or even from the breakouts associated with excess oil production (another common side effect of dry weather – when our skin is deprived of moisture our oil production levels start working overtime), there are a few simple alterations you can make to your daily skincare regimen to ensure your complexion makes it through the winter unscathed.

Go alcohol free

I’m not talking Dry July, but during the winter months it’s best to avoid cleansers and toners that contain alcohol.

Alcohol based skincare products have an astringent quality to them that leaves the skin feeling clean and almost tight, however these products actually strip the skin of its precious natural oils.

During the winter it’s particularly important to strengthen that natural barrier, so opt for a gentle oil or balm cleanser instead of a foam. Oils and balms work to melt makeup and lift grime off the skin while retaining the skin’s natural oils.

Layer your products

Are you cleansing, toning and moisturising? You’re missing a crucial step – treating.

Use Serums before your regular moisturiser, and rather than simply hydrating the skin as a moisturiser is designed to, serums pack a more concentrated punch so they can be used to target more specific skincare concerns.

During the winter, opt for a Hyaluronic Acid serum to lock in moisture – HA has the ability to hold 1000 times its own weight in water, so it’s a godsend for dehydrated winter skin.

Moisturise

Moisturising twice daily is essential year ‘round, and winter is a good time to start playing with richer textures.

Thick moisturisers aren’t ideal as a base for makeup so stick to your regular daily moisturiser in the AM, but consider investing in a richer night cream to use in the evening to restore any moisture your skin may have lost throughout the day.

Exfoliate

Regular exfoliation is the key to shedding those unwanted winter layers.

A chemical exfoliant will gently dissolve dead, dull and dry skin cells (rather than sloughing them off as a physical scrub does). This makes way for brighter, younger looking skin.

Not sure where to start? As a rule of thumb, drier skin types should choose AHAs such as glycolic and lactic acids, while oilier skin responds well to BHAs including salicylic acid.

Rehydrate

Often a thorough morning and evening skincare routine isn’t enough to fight back against the drying winter elements.

To combat the cool air and defend yourself against the office heater, keep a hydrating mist on hand. This will allow you to add and restore moisture to the skin without having to reapply or ruin your makeup.

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