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Seasonal Skincare Tips

08/12/2016 12:54 GMT | Updated 08/12/2016 12:54 GMT

Seasonal Skincare Tips

As the seasons change, so should our skincare regimes. The festive season is now well under way, which means office parties and outings to the Christmas markets are filling up our schedules.

The winter weather takes its toll on our skin, as the air is harsh and dry due to the lack of humidity. At the same time, we begin to turn up the central heating, creating stifling environments inside our homes.

The differences in extreme temperatures can cause undesirable effects to the skin, including reddening, dryness and loss of colour.

Following a winter skincare regime can ensure that skin remains looking healthy and glowing for party season.

Whatever your plans may be this Christmas, it is important to remember to take care of your skin, as all of the festivities and overindulgence can take their toll.

Here are my top tips for keeping on top of your seasonal skincare.

Exfoliate

Many of us choose not to exfoliate during the winter due to the harsh weather conditions, but it is still a vital part of our skincare regimes. Winter weather can cause a build-up of dry, dead skin cells, and exfoliating will remove these. I'd recommend exfoliating just once a week during the colder months, in order to maintain that fresh winter glow.

Moisturise

Applying a daily moisturising cream and oil is the perfect boost for your skin in winter, as it can restore skin's vitality and help revive a dull looking complexion. You might want to switch to a richer, heavier formulation in the winter months, as the skin tends to dry out due to the harsh temperatures. Why not try Re-Gen Cream to get soft, silky smooth skin?

Hydrate

While it may be tempting to always turn to hot chocolate or mulled wine in the winter months, it is really important to remember to keep yourself properly hydrated. Make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to keep your pH levels balanced and ensure your skin is fully hydrated from not just the outside, but also from within.

Eat well

Christmas for many of us means indulgence in foods that we may not get to enjoy throughout the year, as pigs in blankets and Christmas puddings re-appear on our menus. Where possible, avoid temptation and maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Foods such as berries, nuts and seeds are essential for keeping your skin clear and radiant. To boost collagen, eat plenty of greens and whole grains, as this will keep your skin firm and wrinkle-free!

Keep working out

Although it may be cold outside, it's important that our skin is exposed to natural light for at least 15 minutes per day, as this will increase the levels of vitamin D in the body. It's a lot more difficult to encourage ourselves to go for a jog in the winter, but even exercise as casual as a brisk walk will increase the blood and oxygen flow to your skin, helping to draw toxins from the body. Just remember to cleanse immediately after exercise to prevent clogged pores.

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