As winter approaches, here’s what you can do to avoid those dry, cracked winter skin and bring back your skin’s natural moisture.

    • Avoid taking scorching hot showers –hot water dries out your skin by stripping it of its natural oils
    • Pat skin dry with a towel and apply a thick moisturiser within a few minutes after a lukewarm shower or bath to seal the water into the skin.
    • Take care of your lips – apply a moisturising balm or petroleum jelly to help heal dry, cracked lips and prevent them from getting chapped
    • Apply sunscreen – on bright winter days, snow reflects the sun’s rays, it’s important to apply sunscreen in the harsh winter weather as it is in the summer
    • Eat right and stay hydrated – Go for foods that contain omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids such as fish oil and flaxseed oil, walnuts, olive oil and avocados which helps the skin moisture from the outside. Drink an extra glass or 2 of water to prevent dryness
    • Change out of wet clothes quickly – when wearing wet clothes and shoes your skin can get irritated and cause itchiness
    • Gently scrub your skin – exfoliating helps open up pores and gets rid of dead dry skin cells
    • Moisturising your skin is crucial for keeping it hydrated throughout the winter – Layering an oil on your face  and body prior to a cream-based moisturiser will help trap in the hydration, prevent dry skin, help improve skin tone and texture, and help protect the outer layer of the skin from environmental factors