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The top ways to look after your skin in the winter

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Moving from California to Sheffield, I had to adjust myself to a few things: the metric system, the Yorkshire accents but, most notably, the weather. My sunshine-filled, 70 degree winter days were now replaced with rain, snow and 38 degree weather. 

The drastic changes in temperature took a noticeable toll on my skin. My face and body became uncomfortably dry and cracked but, after multiple trial and errors, I discovered four ways to maintain healthy skin during the winter months. 

1. Use a cream moisturiser to prevent dryness 

Prior to coming to Sheffield, I used mostly gel-based moisturisers. However, since those were mainly water based, it was not strong enough to replenish my skin after I had been out in the cold. I find that oil- based cream moisturisers work better to relieve my dry face and body.  

2. Carry around a lip balm and hand cream 

Your lips and hands can become easily dry from being in the cold too long. If you wait until getting home to moisturise them, then they become more prone to cracking and bleeding. Having these small cosmetics in your bag can not only relieve you, but also remind you to take care of your skin.

3. Stay hydrated 

I noticed that the chilly temperatures made me less thirsty. As a result, I experienced symptoms of dehydration during the day. It’s good to always carry around a bottle of water with you, and drink from it occasionally even when you don’t feel like it. Water helps to both regulate your body temperature and keep your skin and internal organs functioning well. 

4. Use sunscreen 

I made the mistake of assuming that if the sun wasn’t visible, then I didn’t need to apply sunscreen. However, the sun’s rays can be felt everywhere, even when hidden behind dark clouds, as white snow days can reflect more sun onto your face. To help prevent premature aging and wrinkles, rub a few squirts of sunscreen on your face and neck before going out. 

No matter what season it is, or wherever you are in the world, taking care of your skin should be a top priority. Simple skincare routines can make you feel more comfortable with your body and more confident about your appearance.

Words by Stephanie Lam

Edited by Madeleine Gill

Madeleine and Hesther are your health & beauty editors

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