Say No to Dry, Flaky Skin: A Winter Skincare Guide

As the seasons change, so does our skin’s needs. During the cold winter months, our skin becomes more prone to dryness, flakiness, and irritation due to the harsh weather conditions, indoor heating, and decreased humidity. This is why it’s crucial to adjust our skincare routine to address these specific winter skin concerns. Winter skin change concerns

When the weather becomes cooler, our skin can react in a number of different ways. Common issues are:

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    • Dryness: Cold, dry air can strip away moisture from our skin, leaving it feeling parched and uncomfortable. This dryness can lead to a host of problems, including fine lines, wrinkles, and skin cracking.
    • Flakiness: Dry skin can also become flaky and scaly, particularly on the face, hands, and feet. Flaky skin is not only unsightly but can also be uncomfortable and itchy.
    • Irritation: The cold weather can also make our skin more sensitive to irritants, such as wind and cold air. This can lead to redness, itching, and even eczema.

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    Adjusting Your Skincare Routine for Winter

    Our skin experts have recommended 5 key changes you can make to your skincare routine to protect and nourish your skin during the winter months:

    1. Choose A Gentle Cleanser: Switch to a soft cleanser that provides a thorough cleanse without stripping the skin.
    2. Introduce Serums: This will help nourish skin in the short-term and also help to improve moisture retention in the long haul.
    3. Use More Moisturising Products: Something with a thicker consistency can seal in hydration – the skincare equivalent of your winter coat!
    4. Wear SPF: SPF is still an essential part of your skincare regime during winter, as the sun’s UV rays are just as harmful.
    5. Hydrate With A Facial: A cleansing peel, nourishing mask and soothing balm, will rejuvenate, remove impurities & restore elasticity.

    What Else Can I Do?

    Reviewing your skincare routine can go a long way to improving the quality of your skin, but, there are several other steps you can take too.

    5 extra bonus hints and tips for winter skin

    1. Exfoliate less often: Exfoliation is great for removing dead skin cells, but it can also dry out your skin. During the winter, focus on exfoliating once or twice a week, using a gentle exfoliating scrub or wash.
    2. Protect your lips: Your lips are particularly susceptible to dryness in the winter. Use a non-comedogenic lip balm with SPF to keep them hydrated and protected.


    3. Take warm showers and baths: Avoid taking hot showers and baths, as this can dry out your skin. Stick to warm water and limit your shower time to 5 minutes.
    4. Humidify your home: If you have dry air in your home, consider using a humidifier to add moisture to the air. This will help keep your skin feeling hydrated.
    5. See a professional: A trained skincare therapist can assess your skin and listen to all your concerns in order to evaluate and advise on what products and/or treatments would be best to help



    SkinViva Manchester

    SkinViva was established in 2008 and has an excellent reputation for offering high quality skin treatments in the North West.

    Their team of Aesthetic Clinicians offer the latest anti-ageing treatments including dermal fillers, lip filler and BOTOX anti-ageing treatment at their clinic in Manchester. A consultation is always required prior to any cosmetic treatment and this is free of charge. We allow generous appointment times so that treatment and this can normally be done at the same appointment if required.

    SkinViva also offer a range of Skin Care treatments with our Skin Care Therapists, including advanced facials, chemical peels, microneedling, mesotherapy, dermaplaning and radiofrequency – everything you could wish for to achieve the healthy, glowing skin you’ll be proud of.

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