Winter is not your skin’s friend. In fact, it’s pretty much public enemy number one. Why? Winter presents a unique set of challenges for skin care. Cold, dry air and constantly running heaters leave your skin stripped of moisture. Below, we describe 10 essential tips you can take right now to ensure your skin makes it through the cold season.

Tip #1: Exfoliate

Exfoliation is essential to scrape off dead skin cells and other particles hanging around on the surface of the skin. Especially during the colder months, the harsh conditions lead to dry skin, which lead to dead skin cells. So, avoid this by using a solid exfoliator.

Tip #2: Moisturise

Moisturising is what winter is all about. During the winter months there is a lack of humidity in the air that can sap the moisture from your skin. The skin’s ability to retain moisture in the winter time can fall by over 25%. So, if you are planning on not doing anything else this winter, use a moisturiser every. single. day. Simply use it after washing your face to counteract the negative effects and to keep your skin soft.

Tip #3: Shower time

Who doesn’t love a hot shower during the cold winter days? Well, your skin doesn’t. The higher water temperature strips your skin of essential oils, leading to excessive dryness. Opt for lukewarm water instead.

Tip #4: Skip the soap

It’s best to stay away from soapy, foaming cleansers in the winter as these can be super drying to the skin. Clean your body with a gentle face wash – your skin will thank you.

Tip #5: Save chapped lips

The skin on your lips is thin and delicate, making it more susceptible to drying out. Many people get dry, chapped lips during the winter and it can be quite frustrating. So, stock up on your favourite lip balm and use it liberally throughout the day.

Tip #6: Don’t neglect your facial hair

You may notice your beard struggling with the cold, fierce wind, and humidity dips around winter time. Facial hair tends to pull moisture away from the skin and can lead to a rather annoying itch. Use a beard shampoo when you shower and apply a beard oil afterwards.

Tip #7: Humidifier

Winter air means dry air, and dry air saps moisture from your skin. This can cause itchy, dried out and cracked skin. Humidifiers put moisture back into the air, and this in turn helps to keep your skin plump and hydrated.

Tip #8: Masked men

All right, we understand that this isn’t high on the list of things that make you feel macho, but facemasks are worth the expense and effort. They are great to revitalise dry skin, unclog pores, restore hydration and detoxify the skin.

Tip #9: Water please

As temperatures drop, we use devices such as room heaters and humidifiers to keep ourselves warm. Though these devices keep us cosy and comfortable, they also lead to dehydration. Staying hydrated is vital, and it will help your skin have a healthy appearance.

Tip #10: Get addicted to hand cream

Low temperatures and high winds can make winter a nightmare for our knuckles and fingers. Make hand cream your best friend. Moisturising consistently will help you to avoid dryness and add an extra layer of protection to your hands.

So, now that you know what you need to do to keep your skin looking and feeling amazing in winter, get to it! It’s time to discover the skin care treatments you’ve been missing all these winter months.