Header: Credit: Shutterstock Stuffy central heating, frosty air - don’t even get us started on the blustery wind and rain. Far from a winter wonderland, this season can certainly test even the most primed skincare regimes. Fight off the freeze and winter-proof your skin with our top tips to keep your complexion soft and nourished when the weather outside is frightful.

Exfoliate

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 13.59.26 Dull, flaky skin isn’t a pretty sight, plus those pesky flakes stop moisturiser from sinking into where it’s needed. To keep that radiant glow, buff away those dead skin cells with a facial scrub or gentle exfoliator whilst a bit of body scrub can slough your way to smooth elbows and feet. Take care not to overdo it though, scrubbing too hard or too often can result in sore, sensitive skin – the last thing you need in harsh winter conditions.

Cleanse

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 13.58.12 Those harsh winter elements can rob you of moisture leaving your skin dry, so it’s a must to give your usual cleansing routine an extra boost. Use a nourishing cream cleanser to get rid of make-up and impurities without stripping the skin of its all-important natural oils.

Moisturise

Your faithful moisturiser might work just fine the rest of the year but winter is another story. Changing environments and colder temperatures call for a switch, so apply a rich, oil-based moisturiser to quench dry skin. This will provide more protection in bitter weather. If clogging is a concern, try lighter gel-based formulas. Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 14.00.57

Diet

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 14.02.46 So it’s blowing a gale outside and a big bowl of stodgy comfort food sounds amazing right now. Instead of caving into the cravings, keep in mind that a healthy, balanced diet will give your body the nutrients it needs to help your skin look its best. For smooth, supple skin fill your plate with colourful vegetables and snack on fruit, aiming for that vital five-a-day. And no, a mince pie here and there won’t do you any harm. If fresh fruit is hurting your wallet, just buy it frozen and blitz it up in a smoother for your vitamin hit.

Sunscreen

using-sunscreen-during-skiing-snowboarding-skin-care-winter-tips Yes, you heard us right. Don’t reserve your SPF for the summer, winter sun can be just as damaging without any protection so apply sunscreen before you bundle up and venture outside. And remember, the drying effects of the winter chill mean you may to reapply throughout the day.

Mask It Off

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 14.06.45 They may be an important part of your current skincare routine but peels, masks or alcohol-based toners can strip your skin of essential oils. That doesn’t mean you have to clear out your bathroom cabinet, pack them away until spring and find kinder, wintry replacements. Try an alcohol-free toner for everyday use and go for hydrating face masks when you’re in the mood for an at-home pampering session.

Shower Power

Woman-cold-shower After a long day out in the cold, nothing warms you up like a steaming, hot bath. We hate to break it to you, but spending hours soaking in a scorching tub is a no-no - boiling baths and showers can dry your skin out even more. Go easy on the temperature controls, spend less time bathing and try to stick to warm showers to keep your skin in great condition. Give your skincare regime a little revamp and use these tricks for a smooth, radiant glow all-winter long. The battle against parched, dehydrated skin just got simpler with a few simple swaps to keep you looking gorgeous - bring it on, winter!