Winter can be a really tough on your skin with the cold air, central heating and sudden temperature changes. But, with our winter skin care tips you can help protect your skin from the cold of the season.

1. Wear SPF throughout the year

It’s easy to assume that just because it isn’t warm, you don’t need to use a product with SPF in it. But UVA rays are constantly present, no matter the season or the weather and these are the ones that cause the skin to age because they are able to penetrate much deeper into the surface of the skin, damaging the cells beneath. Wearing SPF is particularly important on your face and can help keep your skin looking radiant and healthy.

2. Drink lots of water

Aim for 2-3 litres a day to ensure it penetrates your skin; this isn’t just good for your skin but your overall health as well.

3. Ditch the cigarettes

Smoking can cause early wrinkles, and it accelerates the overall aging of the skin. It also causes wrinkles by narrowing blood vessels in the outer layers of skin, which can cause less blood flow and reduce the amount of oxygen and nutrients that are able to get to the skin.

4. Use the right products for your skin

Avoid products that aren’t intended for your skin, such as toothpaste. Also make sure you are using the right skin care for the season. Some experts suggest switching your products when the season changes, for example swapping your light-weight summer cream to one that’s richer.

5. Be aware of things that can damage skin

Try to avoid parabens and chemicals found in products, such as some makeup, moisturizers, or shampoos, which might harm your skin.

6. Ditch the make-up wipes

They can leave a residue on the skin which can block pores causing spots, try swapping to a cleanser, using coconut oil or water instead.

7. Be patient

Don’t pick that spot or dry skin, it will only result in scarring or infection which will be worse in the long term.

8. Give new treatments a chance

It can take up to 4 weeks for any new treatment you try to work but once they do, they’ll help you and your skin in the long run.

9. Turn down the temperature

Boiling hot showers may feel great especially on a cold winter’s day, but they’re bad for your skin as they can dry it out. Warm water is, unfortunately, far better for maintaining healthy, glowing skin.

10. Visit your local LloydsPharmacy and have a skin analysis test

Your skin changes all the time, so what worked wonders for it last year won’t necessarily be helping it now. If you want to find out more about your skin and what you can do to help it feel and look its best, find your nearest LloydsPharmacy for a FREE skin analysis test.