From rubbing tissues on runny noses to whacking up the thermostat in our homes, the colder months can be pretty hard on our skin. Most people try to treat this sudden dryness or skin sensitivity with lots of lotions and potions – but there are other ways. Read our tips for healthy skin in the winter and discover 6 surprising actions that could save your skin this Christmas.

  1. Drink more water, eat more veg
    • Why? Most winter skin care tips tell you to drink more water. Why? Because hydration is key to many of our bodily functions, and that includes those related to skin health. The same applies to your diet: your body needs minerals, vitamins, fats, and proteins to stay healthy.
    • How? Drink plenty of water throughout the day; try to have pure H2O as much as possible and limit ingredients such as caffeine that could actually dry your skin out further. Make sure you eat a balanced diet too – this means cutting back on the winter treats where possible.
  2. Add moisture to the air, not just your skin
    • Why? Moisturisers are great but you can still suffer from dry skin if the air around you lacks moisture. This is common in winter because we shut the windows and turn up the heating to make ourselves comfortable.
    • How? Keep your home toasty without drying it out by investing in a humidifier. The most effective options are electronic ones but if you’re worried about the electricity bill or just want an eco-friendlier option, then add more plants into your rooms instead. They can release moisture into the air and even purify it – read more about them here. It’s one of our favourite cold weather skin care tips.
  3. Avoid hot showers
    • Why? Avoiding hot showers might not be the first thing you think of when looking for winter skin tips and that’s why it’s on our list. As tempting as it is to step into a steamy shower or bath during the cold months, this can actually be terribly drying on your skin and make the problem worse.
    • How? Stick to lukewarm temperatures during your shower or bath to avoid drying out your skin. Use moisturising body products, such as those from Dove, that help replenish lost moisture and keep your skin hydrated.
  4. Switch to a new detergent
    • Why? Did you know harsh detergents can actually be very drying on the skin? They can even cause irritation and itching so if you’re having problems it may be time for a change.
    • How? Use our guide to find the right sensitive detergent for you and see if it makes a difference. You may also want to change your fabric softener too as the strong fragrances in some varieties could cause irritation. We recommend gentle products like Persil Non-Bio and Comfort Pure.
  5. Cover up
    • Why? Your skin can be damaged by exposure to anything from excessive heat to UV rays and that means dryness, irritation, and sensitivity. Even something as simple as cleaning the home can be more problematic in winter when the cooler outdoor temperatures mean your skin will be more sensitive to the harshness of hot water or cleaning chemicals.
    • How? Invest in gloves as part of your cold weather skin care, and we’re not talking about woollen ones for outdoors. Wear gloves while cleaning your home to help protect your skin from harsh cleaners and extreme temperatures – it’s a quick and affordable way to provide winter care for dry, sensitive skin.
  6. Wear sunscreen
    • Why? It may sound a little silly but wearing suncream in winter is just as important as in summer. UV rays can still be strong at this time of year, despite the cold temperatures, and this will damage your skin if it’s not protected. Even worse, as people aren’t always aware of the risk they are likely to leave their skin more exposed.
    • How? Simple: wear suncream or choose a daily moisturiser that includes SPF protection to care for your sensitive winter skin. Now that’s a winter skin care tip you probably didn’t expect!