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Tips for Moisturising Your Skin In Winter

While many may welcome the cooler weather, shorter days and cosy nights that the winter season brings, winter often comes along with one very unwelcome visitor - dry skin. So, while it may be getting colder outside, you need to turn up the heat on your skin care routine, to protect your skin and prevent winter skin dryness.

The low humidity levels, harsh winds and cold, dry air can all strip away the moisture from your skin, causing it to become dry, flaky or cracked during the winter months. To restore your skin’s moisture you need a great moisturiser for dry skin. We’ll get to that, but first, here are some tips that you can try at home to prevent your skin from drying out in winter to keep it healthy and glowing.

Maintaining Moisturised Skin in Winter

Keep hydrated

While the environmental elements are doing all they can to zap the moisture from your skin, a great way to counteract this from the inside out, is by getting your fill of some good old H2O. Staying hydrated can positively affect your skin’s hydration levels.

Use sunscreen for every season

The shorter winter days that result in fewer hours of sunlight may have you thinking it’s a good idea to cut back on the sunscreen, but think again. Your skin needs protection all year round from harmful UV rays that stress the skin, resulting in moisture loss. So, make sure sunscreen is a part of your moisturisation routine, even in winter.

Keep cool

We know, it’s already cold enough outside, but don’t be so quick to plop down next to the fireplace or put the heater on full blast. Having the heat on high can cause the air in your home to dry out, which can make your skin dry out too. Use a humidifier to add some moisture back into the air and to avoid drying out your skin.

How to moisturise skin in the winter?

Here are some of our best tips for a formidable winter moisturising routine that will help you keep dry winter skin at bay.

Wash and moisturise

When you wash any part of your body, your skin’s natural oils, which are essential for keeping your skin moisturised, get stripped away in the process. So, having a moisturising soap such as a Dove Beauty Bar with ¼ moisture, helps replenish the moisture in your skin as you bath or shower. Having a moisturiser ready after each wash also helps to restore your skin’s natural oils and keep it moisturised. Consider carrying a pocket-size moisturiser with you so that you can stay moisturised on-the-go too.

Put your moisturiser to work while you rest

Can I apply a moisturiser over night during winter?

Overnight moisturising treatments are an excellent way to deeply nourish your skin while you rest. Applying a moisturiser to your skin overnight gives your skin the time it needs to really absorb all the goodness of your moisturiser. Applying a heavier moisturiser overnight allows for it to work longer so that you get maximum moisturisation benefits.

Make sure your moisturiser has the right mix of ingredients

Speaking of heavier moisturisers, some people wrestle with whether they should use a heavier moisturiser in winter, and the answer is a resounding yes! Heavier or thicker moisturisers tend to be richer in ingredients and restore moisture to your skin whilst protecting it. Thicker moisturisers will also take longer to evaporate than their runnier counterparts, meaning a heavier moisturiser will provide nourishing skin protection, for longer.

Which moisturiser to use for dry winter skin?

Choose a moisturiser, like Dove Body Love Intense Care Body Lotion for Very Dry Skin, that contains occlusive ingredients. Occlusive ingredients form a protective barrier over the skin to seal-in moisture, for nourished and supple skin. Some occlusive ingredients to look out for are shea butter and petrolatum.

Don’t let a change of season stress you or your skin out. Show your skin a little extra TLC in the winter months with our tips for keeping your skin moisturised. Some minor changes in your skin care routine and at-home habits will go a long way in keeping your skin nourished and healthy in winter.

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