Updated: Sep 11
1. Try a preservative and emulsifier free cleanser
Cleaners that contain these nasty ingredients can strip natural oils out of the skin, leaving it feeling dry and tight. Over winter often our skin is already feeling a little dry or dehydrated. Try Dermaviduals cleansing milk, which helps remove all make-up and impurities, but will also help re-hydrate the skin.
2. Mask the culprit
Adding a Mask into your skincare program can really boost your skin health. If you are time poor and just never find the time to do one, then try a leave on mask. Dermaviduals mask with vitamins is packed full of Vitamins A, C, D-panthanol and E and is applied at night time and left on the skin while your sleeping. You wake up and it feels as though you have had a mini facial. Your skin is hydrated and plump.
3. Turn down the heat
Overheating a cold home will worsen dry skin problems, so experiment with different settings on your heater to find the right temperature for both you and your skin.
4. If it heats you then it drys you
Any device that heats your environment will also steal your moisture, Even electric blankets. If dry skin is driving you crazy, throw another blanket on the bed, and see how you feel after you’ve left the electric blanket unplugged for a couple nights.
5. Watch the shower temp
Hot showers feel great in winter, but they are disastrous for dry skin. Try a warm shower instead, then pat your skin dry with a towel. Apply moisturizer as soon as you step out of the shower. Also make sure when removing your facial cleanser in the shower that you use a face washer and not put your face directly under the water. Water strips oils from our skin and can cause it to feel very dry and tight.
6. Watch the alcohol
Avoid skin products that are high in alcohol. When alcohol evaporates it feels cool and refreshing, but it’s also stripping away moisture, so look for alcohol-free products when the air is already dry. Some acne ranges do contain alcohol which is needed to help severe oil production - make sure it is a high quality ingredient.
7. Exfoliate that dead skin
Winter takes a huge toll on our skin. Adding the occasional salt scrub is a great way to help remove excess dead skin and help you to feel smooth again. Moisturise straight after a scrub and you will be sure to feel a lot more hydrated and have beautifully soft skin.
8. Pucker up
Chapped lips can be a big problem in winter. The air dries out our lips, which then makes us lick them, which makes them crack even more. Use a lip balm that is free from emulsifiers, mineral oils and silicones. I recommend Dermaviduals lip repair which contains natural waxes (shear butter, carnauba wax and bees wax).