You might think that having avoided the sun all summer, looking after your skin would be a doddle in the winter but in fact the opposite is true. Colder weather means your skin faces a barrage of attackers that are intent on making it look grey, dry and less than lovely. Central heating is one of the worst culprits when it comes to our skin because while it’s keeping you cosy it’s trying it’s hardest to dry everything out. Cold winds can bite into the little bit of skin that peaks out from your hat and scarf and festive eating and drinking marathons can leave everything a little dehydrated. But, fear not! There are lots of little changes you can make to keep your skin looking dewy not damaged and naturally glowing – not just from the hot toddies!

 Drinking Water

Stay hydrated. It seems simple but the colder weather means that we usually take our drinks as tea or coffee or alcohol. Make a conscious effort to keep up your liquids and swap out every second cup of tea with a cup of warm water and lemon. You’ll be used to the switch in no time and you’ll be grateful for the extra hydration come party season.

Hydration happens from the outside too and you can combat the central heating damage by using a humidifier. These come in all shapes and sizes and help to keep moisture in the air. If your budget doesn’t stretch to a fancy one try the old fashioned method of keeping a bowl of water on your rads.

Budda Bowl

Nourish your skin from within. It’s important to pay attention to what’s on the outside but you have to feed it from the inside too. Make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin B2 which supports the maintenance of normal healthy skin. You can get it from eggs, nuts, dairy products, meats, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, soybeans, green leafy vegetables and whole grain and enriched cereals and bread but for a recommended daily dose you should take a supplement like Cleanmarine for Women which contains Vitamin B2 and lots of other essential vitamins and minerals that will work hard for you all winter.

Spa

It might seem counterintuitive, but you need to exfoliate dry skin. Use an acid-based product (look out for one containing glycolic acid) twice a week to get rid of the dull, dead cells and keep your skin looking fresh.

Don’t be afraid of oils. They penetrate the skin deeply and can really help to get some hydration into your skin. Use them on your face, body and hair all winter long.