During these cold and bitter months nothing gets us down more than dry skin. Tight, flaky and sore skin is just not comfortable or ideal, and unfortunately there’s nothing we can do about the weather. But I can offer some advice and recommendations to battle dryness to revive and repair you skin.
Keeping hydrated during the winter is much more difficult as you tend to feel less thirsty in cooler temperatures but your body still needs water. Always try to have a bottle of water in front of you at your desk or a bottle of water in your handbag to keep reminding you to drink. If you aren’t a fan of ‘unflavoured’ drinks then opt for some green or peppermint tea, they’re super refreshing, they contain anti-oxidants and have plenty of other health benefits.
A daily moisturiser is an essential for dry skin. You shouldn’t just apply moisturiser as and when your skin is feeling dry – you want to prevent the dryness from coming back. The best way to battle dry skin is by keeping your skin hydrated on a daily basis. I would recommend the Garnier Skin Moisturiser Match Goodbye Dry £3.99 for your face as it’s super affordable and just as effective. It’s also fast absorbing so you don’t have to wait around for it to sink in for ages before applying your makeup.
For your body the Body Shop Body Butters £14 are a must, they will help keep your skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated for up to 24 hours. They also come in over 20 different scents!
On a weekly basis it is nice to take a break from busy student life and give your skin a boost of moisture with a face mask, the No7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask for Dry/Very Dry £12.50 will deeply nourish and hydrate your skin whilst you kick back and relax.
Treat The Stubborn Areas
Sometimes you can get those really stubborn patches of dry and flaky skin where a daily moisturiser just won’t do. This is when you need to look into more intensive products to treat the problematic areas. The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant £26 is an award winning, make-up artists favourite and fantastic multi-purpose product to have in your beauty cupboard. Okay, it is a bit of an investment but a little goes a very long way and you can use it on your face, lips and body. If you’re on a really tight budget an alternative would be the classic E45 cream at only £2.29, it’s a little less intensive but can help treat even the toughest of dryness.
By Alexandra Howe