The skin is the largest organ of the body and during winter skin is subject to the damaging and drying effects of cold, wintry weather.

Eileen Campbell

It comes as no surprise then that winter wreaks havoc on our skin and those with sensitive skin, dry skin or conditions like eczema and rosacea are particularly affected. However, by changing how you care for your skin in winter you can avoid the itchy, dry, scaly and red skin that becomes a common occurrence during the colder months.

Here are some steps you can take to avoid dry, itchy skin and maintain soft moist skin during winter. Not only will taking extra precautions during winter with your skin keep you looking good and feeling fresher, it will also prevent your skin from ageing prematurely.

  • EXFOLIATEI use Emerse gorgeous frangipani body scrub twice a week. It removes dry skin and leaves it hydrated and smooth. Make sure your body exfoliator has oils and nourishing qualities. Exfoliate your face and neck twice a week with a gentle exfoliant.
  • HYDRATEHydrate the skin inside and out by drinking lots of water. Kick-start your day with a glass of warm water with a few slices of lemon in it. Not only is it good for your skin, warm water with lemon is also great for your general wellbeing too.
  • AVOIDDon’t put your face under the hot shower, it is tempting but don’t do it. While having a long, hot shower in the middle of winter may be appealing, the hot water will quickly strip your skin of essential oils and remove the skin of its moisture. Use warm water and reduce the time you spend in the bath or shower to a maximum of 10 minutes. Your skin and capillaries will thank you.
  • PROTECTGo on to a heavier night cream or skin oil. Emerse skin rescue oil has rosehip and calendula, which are both protective and soothing. Coconut oil is also beautiful on the body and gives you a summer holiday feel

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