How to combat dry skin this winter and get glowing wedding skin

Cold winter weather can be harsh to your skin. Cold air, wind, and central heating can really dry your skin out. Without the proper care, dry skin can lead to redness, itchiness, chapping, and cracking, and even other skin conditions such as eczema and acne.

It is true what they say… good skin starts from the inside. You should be mindful of what you eat and how this can impact upon your skin. Stock up on foods that are high in vitamin A – things like leafy greens, carrots and sweet potatoes. Vitamin E is also important to beat dry skin and you’ll find this in nuts, olives and spinach.

Hot showers and baths always feel good in the winter, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin.

Always moisturize right after washing.
Applying moisturiser to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin.

Some over-the-counter moisturizers have petroleum-based ingredients that can actually further dry your skin in the winter months. Be sure to choose a formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients. A favorite of mine is the Embryolisse range. Use a richer moisturizer at night time.

Just because it’s cold and wintery doesn’t mean the sun can’t damage your skin. A high percentage of UVA rays still penetrate the atmosphere, aging your skin. As you do in the summer, use caution if you’re outdoors during the day in the winter and use a SPF. Wear gloves and scarves to protect skin from cold winds, rain, and snow.

Heating systems dry out the air, so consider buying a humidifier for your home to put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out. If you can’t afford a humidifier a bowl of water near the radiators will also add a bit of moisture to the air.

We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like tea and coffee, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. A cup of warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time.

We often forget to exfoliate dead cells in the winter. Yet moisture can’t get in if the dead cells are too plentiful. Find an exfoliating face mask and use it on your face twice a week, as well as gently on your lips, then follow immediately with a hydrating serum and a good moisturizer to see a smoother difference.

For chapped lips my go to product is Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour (8hr) Skin Protect cream- a thick, orange, gel like product which can be used on any area of dry skin  – but particularly great on lips.
Top Tip: Rub the lips gently with a clean toothbrush to remove any dead and flaky skin or use a lip scrub. Use 8hr cream like a normal lip balm applying as often as possible for kissable, soft lips.