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Healthy Skin in Winter

Many people don’t realise that their skin changes with the weather. In winter the skin produces less oil. With heaters on in the home, cold air outside the skin can be depleted of Winter_May_12its natural moisture. This can lead to the common problem of skin feeling tight and dry. See below for five tips on maintaining healthy skin once the temperature starts to drop:

1. Get enough sleep

Getting plenty of sleep aids healthy skin. During the deepest stages of sleep, cell and tissue repair is at its peak. Limited or disrupted sleep patterns can dramatically affect the effectiveness of this restorative process.

2. Moisturise

Be mindful that the skin can dry out very quickly indoors. Use a quality skincare moisturiser, such as McArthur Skincare’s Hydrating Facial Cream, regularly during colder months to prevent problems associated with dry skin.

3. Avoid very hot baths and showers

It’s very enticing to indulge in a hot shower or bath on a cold day, but beware that the hot water can rob the skin of moisture leading to dry skin. Keep showers and baths lukewarm or alternatively if you like it hot, try and cut down the duration.

4. Exfoliate

By exfoliating frequently you are stripping the skin of dead cells which allows the skin to retain extra moisture. Any moisturiser applied after exfoliation will therefore be more successful in maintaining healthy skin.

5. Take advantage of the power of pawpaw

Pawpaws are high in vitamins A and C. Vitamin A is vital in the development of healthy skin and vitamin C helps in the growth and repair of tissue. For best results try a combination of eating the raw fruit, plus applying McArthur Skincare of course!

For an alternative to pawpaw, try a peach, or acai berries which are a fantastic source of essential fatty acids that help to moisturise from within.

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