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6 ways to rescue winter-damaged skin.

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For many of us, the change from winter to spring means welcoming in the season of sunshine, flowers and barbecues.

For those of us with tricky skin, however, winter can leave us with an unpleasant souvenir: dry, damaged and dehydrated skin.

But the good news is that there are simple things we can all do to help our skin recover – fast.

Here are six ways your skincare routine should change as the warmer weather approaches.

1. Amp up your moisturiser.

No matter what skin type you have, whether it’s dry, combination or oily, skin can become more dehydrated in the winter months. Your regular moisturiser may not be enough to combat dehydrated skin, exacerbated by seasonal sensitivities.

Using a serum every day is a great way to complement your regular skin care routine for extra hydration.

A product like Avène’s Hydrance Serum is ideal, as it provides intensive, long-lasting hydration to soothe dehydrated, sensitive skin.

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“No matter what skin type you have, whether it’s dry, combination or oily, skin can become more dehydrated in the winter months.” Image via iStock.

2. Use a humidifier.

Air humidifiers are a popular choice for parents who want to increase the moisture in the air of their baby’s room.

If you have dehydrated skin, you may want to consider getting a humidifier for your own home post-winter to combat the drying effect of all that heater use that likely dried out the air circulated in your home. Your skin will thank you.

3. Use products designed specifically for sensitive skin.

Sensitive skin responds best to products with as few ingredients as possible, so avoid harsh additives such as alcohol or other irritants where possible.

The Avène skincare range, sourced from French Avène Thermal Spring Water, has been specifically formulated to suit the needs of sensitive skin. The range is tested under dermatological controls, with gentle formulas and textures to comfort and soothe sensitive skin.

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“The Avène skincare range, sourced from French Avène Thermal Spring Water, has been specifically formulated to suit the needs of sensitive skin.” Image: Supplied.
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4. Protect your skin from the elements.

Always, always, always use a moisturiser with a high SPF, and protect your exposed skin from the elements with protective clothing.

5. Detox your home.

Ensure your home is free from harsh chemicals and irritants that may be adding to your skin’s woes following the colder months. Look at your laundry, hair care and personal care and dishwashing products and consider swapping them for ones that are less harsh, and which contain more natural ingredients.

Dehydrated skin needs extra TLC, so a home detox is a great place to start.

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“Look at your laundry, hair care and personal care and dishwashing products and consider swapping them for ones that are less harsh, and which contain more natural ingredients.” Image via iStock.

6. Hydrate from the inside out.

As it gets warmer, it’s important not to forget to hydrate with water. Don’t skimp on your daily water intake – if cold water is less appealing, why not start the day with a cup of cooled boiled water with a slice of lemon? This can be a great way to detox as well as ensuring you are drinking enough water.

There you have it – six simple steps to rescue your poor, dehydrated skin from another harsh winter.

Bring on the sunshine, warmer weather – and glowing, healthy skin.

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