With cold weather comes chapped lips, dry hands and flaky skin; but your winter blues don’t have to be about your skin as well.

As the weather changes from season to season, it’s important to remember that these changes can affect your skin and therefore your routine should adjust with it. There are some easy changes to make to ensure your skin stays glowing as the days get darker.

SPF is here to stay

Just because the sun may have left us for the next three months, doesn’t mean you can shove your SPF to the back of your draw until blue skies return. SPF is vital to protect from UVA and UVB rays, as well as creating an important barrier from pollution. Ensure to apply to your face, neck and back of your hands to protect and help prevent signs of ageing.

Elizabeth Arden Environmental Defense Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense for Face SPF50
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is a firm skincare favourite, £26. Image Credit: All Beauty

Try Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Sun Defence, £26 under makeup for lightweight, oil-free protection.

Scrub away chapped lipped

Cold weather means lower humidity, leading to chapped lips. Whilst it’s tempting to lick your lips just for a quick fix, you’re actually stripping the lips of moisture leading to dryer lips.

Dr Paw Paw Lip Care Trio
Dr. Paw Paw’s lip care trio is sure to save chapped lips. Image Credit: Beauty Bay

Lip scrubs and moisturising balms are about to become your new best friend. Use a scrub to buff away dry, flaky skin and follow with a nourish balm to add moisture and protect your lips. This lip care trio by Dr. Paw Paw, £12 is the perfect winter lip survival kit.

Hand cream is key

As if the endless amounts of hand sanitiser we’re using wasn’t drying out our hands enough, cold weather is only going to make it worse.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand cream
L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Hand Cream is rich nd moisturising, £21.50. Image Credit: L’Occitane

Make switches from normal hand sanitisers and soaps to moisturising ones, and make sure you use a cream every time you wash or sanitise your hands. For a rich moisturising cream, try L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Hand Cream, £21.50.

Invest in a humidifier

To make up for the lack of water in the air, turn to a humidifier to add some moisture back into your skin and help combat dryness.

Wolf&Badger Ceramic Humidifier
This humidifier, £69, doubles as an essential oil diffuser. Image Credit: Wolf & Badger

Humidifiers are becoming more popular, meaning there’s lots of options that won’t be an eye-sore in your room. For a more luxurious experience, get a humidifier that’s combined with a diffuser, like this one by ELM RD., £69, and add a few drops of essential oils such as Eucalyptus oil for a spa-like feel.

As for other products, look to make swaps for more hydrating products to offset the winter dryness, such as using water based moisturisers and adding in serums and night creams. Winter skin issues can all easily be fixed to help you glow through the dark months and make it to summer.