On top of all this, winter is a tough season for skin, with the harsh conditions causing it to form a protective barrier against the elements in order to prevent water loss. Often, this can result in increased dryness, scaling and flaking of the skin.
“It is important to moisturise regularly to combat this winter dryness. Moisturisers will bind and retain water, in addition to forming a protective seal preventing further water loss. For best effects, this should be done straight after showering and then throughout the day as needed. Dry weather, low humidity and wind also contribute to sore, chapped lips in the winter. Use a gentle lip scrub to slough off dead skin and keep a tub or stick of lip balm on you at all times.”
Resolution #1 – Wear sunscreen
Sunscreen isn’t just for the summer and should be worn throughout the year, as there is still damaging ultraviolet radiation around. Sunscreen should be broad-spectrum offering protection against UVA and UVB and at least SPF 15. This is particularly important if you enjoy outdoor hobbies such as running, hiking or snow-sports. Regular sunscreen use will help prevent against the development of skin cancer and premature ageing.