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Winter Skin Woes: How To Stop Them

03/02/2015 12:28 | Updated 22 May 2015

From coat shopping to finding comfort in black opaque tights, there are plenty of perks when it comes to the Autumn/Winter season. The downside? As the days get darker and colder, our skin starts to suffer.

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Why? The lack of warmth and sunlight are two of the biggest factors. Plus - as the central heating gets switched on, increased sensitivity and dryness can become serious complexion concerns, even for those who don't usually experience skin problems throughout the rest of the year.

So, in colder weather, what can be done to keep skin glowing, without booking a long-haul flight to somewhere hot and exotic?

Noella Gabriel, Director of Treatment and Product Development at Elemis, says "replenishment and protection" are key to fighting the winter skin blues.

"Swap a face wash to a nourishing cream cleanser or cleansing balm that will remove impurities without stripping or drying the skin", Gabriel told us.

"I would also introduce 'layering' into your skincare routine - try a good serum or the Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss capsules under your daily moisturiser to restore the skin and boost its ability to absorb vital nutrients".

Gabriel also stresses the importance of replenishing the skin overnight and even if skin feels dry and tight, exfoliation shouldn't be put on hold. Use a gentle scrub "twice a week to slough off dead skin cells and keep the skin healthy".

It's not just about improving our beauty regimes though. Vitamins A and E and omegas 3 and 6 are vital for keeping skin and hair healthy. So - where can we find them?

Henrietta Norton, nutritional therapist and founder of Wild Nutrition, suggests increasing the intake of orange vegetables such as squashes and carrots. "They are rich in vitamin A's precursor, beta-carotene", she told us.

"Eat more fatty acids from fresh pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, oily fish such as tuna, salmon, sardines and mackerel and avocado too. Dress salads with cold pressed walnut oil, flax oil or olive oil. These are also rich in Vitamin E which can help to support skin suppleness".

Want to give skin a radiance boost before winter kicks in? These moisturisers, masks, cleansers and exfoliators are a good place to start...

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