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Follow this 4-step guide to ensure you have good skin this winter

With the approach of winter, a proper skincare regimen is necessary to ensure you have moisturised skin that doesn’t crack or flake.

fitness Updated: Oct 11, 2017 14:13 IST
Make sure to look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid in your moisturiser which is known for its extra hydrating properties.
Make sure to look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid in your moisturiser which is known for its extra hydrating properties.(Shutterstock)

If you get your autumn skincare regime right, you can correct any summer damage that has occurred and prepare your skin for winter. As the weather cools down, the lighter creams and masks will not be able to hydrate your skin. From heavy creams and plumping gels to nourishing moisturisers that promise an instant hit of hydration, here’s how you can update your skincare regime for winters, according to The Independent.

* Exfoliate

A lot of people think that exfoliation can exacerbate dryness — something we already have enough of during the cooler months — but in reality, it’s the best way to treat parched, flaky skin. After hours in the sun, your complexion can begin to look dehydrated and sallow, so it’s important to get rid of the dead damaged cells. This way, your skin will be prepped to absorb more moisture and improve the effectiveness of nourishing products.

Exfoliation is a good way to treat parched, flaky skin. (Shutterstock)

*Moisturise

Hot summer days can cause serious dehydration so the moisture lots needs to properly supplemented before winter rears its head. If you have dry skin, you need to knuckle down that hydration to stop your skin from getting flaky. So opt for a cream specifically designed to prevent moisture loss. Make sure to look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid which is known for its extra hydrating properties.

For those with oily skin, applying a heavy cream can feel a little too much but you can still benefit from additional moisturising. Instead of skipping it altogether look for a light, oil-free formula.

*Lips

The effects of the sun’s rays combined with the onset of biting cold weather can leave you with dry, chapped lips. So investing in the right lip balm is key. As lips lack the waterproofing outer layer that skin has, they’re more sensitive to moisture loss. So, for the best results look for ingredients like beeswax, shea butter and petrolatum which will prevent and repair chapping.

Make sure to invest in a rich, buttery hand cream now and you’ll reap the benefits all winter long. (Shutterstock)

* Hands

While we’re accustomed to keeping a lip balm in our pockets and enlisting the help of heavy winter face creams to battle against the cold, there is one part of the body that often gets overlooked; our hands. Constantly exposed, the cold weather quickly ravages delicate skin. But don’t fret because the beauty industry has a seriously indulgent solution. Make sure to invest in a rich, buttery hand cream now and you’ll reap the benefits all winter long.

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