Winter wreaks havoc on our skin. We’re constant subjected to temperature extremes with bitter winds outside and dry central heating in our homes and offices.

A good skincare routine can help you make your way through the winter and out the other side – when we need to start worrying about fake tan and sun exposure.

Here are a few of my tried and tested tips.

Go easy on the heating

This is easier said than done in a lot of cases but if you drop your home’s heat down just a little, your skin will thank you. If you feel chilly, fill up a hot water bottle or put on your snuggliest jumper. It’ll also save you money too.

Break out the night cream

Night time is when we repair. Our skin regenerates, our muscles heal, our brains rest and your metabolism slows down. The more you can do to assist your skin the better. A thick night cream will leave skin feeling supple and refreshed in the morning.

If you suffer with really dry skin, I’d recommend something like the Palm & Sole balm. At first touch it feels quite greasy, and this is why you wouldn’t want it as a day cream, but for night time it’s great. It’s full of great, natural ingredients that will revive your skin without clogging your pores.

SPF is still important

A day cream with a good SPF is important even in winter. The sun still shines – even if it might not feel like it – and we’re still exposed to harmful UV rays. Protecting your skin from the sun will keep it looking youthful. If you need a bit of a glow then reach for the fake tan or bronzer.

Exfoliate

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It’s important to get rid of the dry layer of skin on your face. This reveals the new, soft skin underneath and can help strip away impurities. I’ve been using the Dermalogica Skin Resurfacing Cleanser from Pure Beauty* and it’s amazing.

It’s unlike other exfoliators in that it doesn’t rely on apricot kernels or any other abrasive material to remove dead skin. Instead it uses fruit enzymes, which mean you’re not scrubbing furiously at your face, instead you gently lather the cleanser across your face for 30 seconds. It does tingle as the fruit enzymes do their work but the result is smoother skin than you ever imagined.

It’s probably not suitable if you’ve got really sensitive skin but there are other Dermalogica products out there that serve a similar purpose without being quite as hardcore.

Take off your make up

Don’t sleep in your make up! I’m so guilty of this when it comes to my eyeshadow. My Mac Primer Pot means eye make up will last for a couple of days and I’m lazy so this is often a tempting option for me.

That being said, I always take off my foundation, contouring etc. because this is what is going to clog your skin and cause you to break out.

Steer clear of face wipes

While face wipes serve a purpose, you don’t need to be putting what ever is in them on your face. For me, the Make Up Eraser is a god send. Just wet it with warm water and wipe your make up off. It’s more gentle than many make up removers and you’re not using unnecessary chemicals. The best thing is, when it gets dirty, all you need to do is pop it in the washing machine.

How do you look after your skin when it’s cold outside?

*This was sent to me to review by Pure Beauty