Rachel Quilligan finds out how to keep skin fresh and dewy in the cooler months…

Is your skin fast becoming a victim of winter’s cooler temperatures and dry air?

You don’t have to resign yourself to pale, flaky complexions for the next three months – follow these easy tips to keep your skin lush and hydrated all winter long.

Beware hidden hazards

It might surprise you how environmental factors can impact the condition of your skin. It’s not just the colder, drier air outside – indoor heating can wreak havoc on your skin, as can the steaming hot baths and showers we tend to languish in for longer during winter.

Nicole Middelkoop from Australian-made skincare company Alpha Keri says having warm (not hot) showers can help immensely.

“Add some Alpha Keri Bath & Body Oil to your bath; it disperses in water and can help prevent and treat dry winter skin, as well as common skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis,” she says.

Use the right products

Keeping up your skin regime is especially important in the cooler months, since neglect will result in itchy and enflamed skin. People for Plants co-founder Anna Addicoat says exfoliating and moisturising is imperative for skin health.

“When skin is cold it doesn’t function as well, so the natural process of shedding the outer layer slows down,” she says. “Using an oil-based moisturiser on your face supports skin and doesn’t block natural sebum production.

“Choose products with rosehip, argan, jojoba and macadamia oils, and avoid moisturisers with petroleum jelly and mineral oils as they sit on top of the skin and leave a slick on the surface.”

You are what you eat

In cooler weather we tend to drink less water – this can dehydrate skin, so keep your water intake up and eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to provide your skin with the minerals it needs.

Food can be good on the outside, too. Mix avocado and honey together for a great at-home mask, or create a scrub from diluted lemon juice and brown sugar.

Sweat helps to unblock pores and allows natural oils to rise to the surface of your skin, so make sure you stick to your exercise regimen throughout the cooler months – your skin will thank you!

Get a winter glow: Covergirl clean glow bronzer

Tested by Kate: Due to my pale complexion I usually steer clear of bronzers because the colours are way too dark for my skin tone, but this 3-in-1 multi-shade compact gave me the option to use the lighter shades which enhanced my colour without being too overpowering. The bronzer arrived just in time for winter and a light dusting left my skin with a healthy, sun-kissed glow. For stockists call 1800 181 040

Winter nourishment: Kosmea Rose Hip Oil

Tested by Rachel: Rose hip oil contains essential fatty acids that are vital for skin health and the high vitamin A content helps to heal scars, acne lesions and balance oily skin. The scent was light and the oil soaked into my skin quickly – I was surprised how it moisturized my face without being oily. Available at Terry White Chemists, David Jones and on Kosmea’s website.