1. Start in the kitchen
Honey is a natural antibiotic and antioxidant, says Roxy Marosa from the Roxy Marosa Beauty Studio. Make a mask by mixing honey with plain yoghurt and raw egg. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then clean off with a wet cloth. If you have oily skin, skip the honey – it can be too nourishing.
2. Tone down the toner
Many toners contain drying agents. In summer, these help prevent shine but, depending on your skin type and where you live, they can be too drying in winter. Marosa suggests skipping the toner as well as avoiding harsh, alkalising soaps. You could also opt for a gentler, alcohol-free toner.
3. Add a mask
Masks are deep cleansing, nourishing and help your skin to heal, says Marosa, who advises avoiding harsh exfoliators at this time of year (they can strip the skin). She does a double-cleanse facial on her clients: start with a hydrating gel cleanser, follow with a mask and finish with a cell-energising serum.
4. Moisturise more
It's vital to do this, says Marosa, because your skin is drier in winter. But don’t overdo it, especially on darker skins, because they tend to be oilier than lighter skin. Over-nourishing the skin can lead to breakouts and pimples.
5. Invest in a good lip balm
It’s easy to pick up any old lip balm at the till, but those can have ingredients that dry the skin. That’s why you have to reapply so often, Marosa explains. Look for something with healing ingredients, such as arnica or honey, which will soothe chapped skin in cold, dry weather.
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