The change in season doesn’t just mean you need to overhaul your wardrobe with coats, boots and scarves aplenty, you also need to make some major changes in your skin care routine to prepare your complexion for winter’s harsh conditions. By updating your routine now, you should be able to get through the cold weather without all the skin woes that come with it – yep, we’re talking about you flaky skin!

Moisturiser

Hydration is the name of the game in winter. If you keep your body hydrated inside and out, it stands a fighting chance of getting through the cold without the flaky side effects. First step – switch out your summer moisturiser for something richer. If you like a creamy consistency then try Transformulas Face Contour & Tightening Cremeit gets bonus points for brightening and firming skin and will help to protect from moisture loss throughout the day. If you're after something a little more intensive, Transformulas Wrinkle Block lifts dry, slackened skin and works to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. 

BEAUTY HQ TIP: When transitioning your skin care routine from summer to winter, take it slow. Introduce only a few new products at a time to prevent your skin from breaking out or reacting from all those unfamiliar ingredients.

Mask

The other thing you can do to meet your hydration goals, besides religiously applying moisturiser day and night, is treat your complexion to a weekly face mask to up the hydration ante even more. Make sure you make a whole ritual out of it – pop on your mask, dim the lights, turn on some soothing tunes and throw some cucumber slices over your eyes. Hello, at-home spa!

Scrub

An exfoliator is your secret weapon for disappearing any signs of dryness, quick smart. It helps slough away that coating of dead skin cells to help your skin regenerate and not get trapped under a dulling layer. It’s not just your face that needs a twice-a-week scrub: your body will benefit, too. Just remember to go easy – your skin will be prone to redness and irritation in winter and you don’t want your scrub to make matters worse. 

Cleanser

In the warmer months, you probably reach for a foam or gel cleanser because it works a treat for battling shiny summer skin. But in winter, a cream cleanser is key to nourishing and gently cleaning away makeup and grime. Try Puretopia Whisk Away Face Cleanser – it’s formulated with natural oils and rosehip cells for a soft and quenched after-feel post-cleansing.

BEAUTY HQ TIP: One thing you don’t need to swap out: sunscreen. You need it every day of the year, rain, hail or shine. Sun Bum SPF 15 Lotion doesn’t leave a greasy look or feel on skin, and it has a lovely moisturising formula to keep your pins pristine.

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