The best ways to protect your skin on your morning commute

As the nights draw in and the temperatures drop, getting up in the morning is getting that much more difficult. The prospect of braving the cold winds and icy rain is sometimes just too much to bear. That in mind, we've come up with a few tips to make sure your skin stays soft and protected from the elements:

Skincare

This may take some trial and error before you find the right products for your skin. It's important to moisturise your face at least an hour before you leave the house to let it be absorbed into the skin. Although often unpopular, an oily cream will provide the best protection so apply that before going outside. You can wash it off once at work and apply your usual moisturiser.

Note: Do not use moisturisers right before exposing those areas of skin to the cold; it can actually lead to more cracks and damaged skin.

Wrap up

Although woolly knitwear is tempting when it's cold, wool can often irritate dry skin. By choosing open weave, cotton-based clothing (jumpers, hats, gloves, scarves, etc) your skin will be able to breathe and reduce any irritation or itchiness.

Our hands can show our real age, especially when proper skincare on our hands is ignored. To prevent dry and cracked skin, apply a rich hand cream before and after your commute and be sure to wear good quality gloves to keep the moisture in and prevent your hands from getting cold.

Lip balm

This time of year can be pretty rough on our lips; causing them to dry out very easily and stressing the importance of having a well suited, soothing lip balm. Try one with shea butter or honey, and avoid licking your lips when they're dry as this only makes them worse. Keep spares around the office as they will come in handy if you forget your main one!

If you do suffer from particularly dry and damaged skin then it's important to talk to a qualified dermatologist as you may suffer from a skin condition that requires more specific treatment.

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