With shorter days and cooler temperatures, there’s no denying winter is coming. Just as we adjust our wardrobes in the mid-year months, our skincare can also do with a tweak here and there. Here’s our guide to caring for your skin in winter. Why Does Skin Need More Attention In Winter? Cold climates and dry indoor air can put additional stress on the skin and dry it out causing tight, flaky skin, dry lips and generally dulling down our appearance. The most important step you can take is to understand your own skin and learn how it responds to seasonal change. We recommend you follow the below steps to help with the transition and temperature: 1. Keep up the SPF Although there are fewer daylight hours in winter, the sun can still hurt you. We suggest you use sunscreen daily and keep some in your handbag and car so you never get caught out. Make sure you use a product with at least SPF30 and if you are outdoors, such as on the ski slopes (where sun exposure is increased through light reflection), be sure to reapply throughout the day. Read our guide ‘Why wear sunscreen in the winter?‘. 2. Try a new treatment Because sunshine is a contraindication to many skin treatments, winter can be a great opportunity to make the most of what we can offer in clinic. It’s also a good time to start laser hair removal as you will have less sun exposure during this time. A Microdermabrasion is perfect for exfoliation and removing dry winter skin. Our hydrating and refining Bespoke Lactic Peel resurfaces skin while improving moisture, reducing signs of ageing and leaving skin soft and smooth. 3. Try A Cream Based Cleanser With skin more prone to drying out, winter is a great time to introduce a cream cleanser. These soft cleansers help keep moisture in while still removing dirt and makeup. We love the Ultraceuticals Ultra Hydrating Milk Cleanser – formulated to gently cleanse and nourish skin while also removing make-up. 4. Monitor And Prevent Dry Skin If you have areas on your body that are prone to dry skin (for example, hands or lips, which are more exposed to the elements), prevention is the key. We suggest you use a rich moisturiser that forms a protective barrier to help prevent dryness. It’s also a good idea to double moisturise in winter by moisturising your whole body morning and night. If your hands get particularly dry and are prone to cracking, you might like to moisturise your hands before bed and sleep with cotton gloves on. Still need more tips on how to manage winter skin? Read our guide: ‘6 ways to avoid the effects of winter on your skin‘. — If you liked this blog, head over to our Journal page to read more of our helpful skincare guides! If you live in Christchurch and new to the world of facials, get in contact with us or make a facial appointment here. Meet the Total Body Concept team on this page, or head over to our online store for some skincare retail therapy!