Our sensitive skin takes a toll when the weather gets cooler; especially as we head into June & July.. but that doesn’t mean we can’t prepare for it. Winter is the perfect time to repair any skin damage from the summer months and guard against upcoming dry skin. Simple reboots to your skincare routine for the winter months can have a big impact on your skin’s health, according to Dove Dermatologist Dr. Alicia Barba. Below, check out Dr. Barba’s Five tips for caring for your skin in the fall and winter months. 1. Lay off the intense exfoliation We probably exfoliate way more than we should in the hopes that intense rubbing off dead skin cells daily will improve skin. Though, according to Dr. Barba, this can actually dehydrate it. “Over-exfoliating can strip the skin of its essential oils, leading to breakouts in the dryer, colder months”, she says. Stick to a gentler scrub, just once a week. For example; Neutriherbs Coffee Scrub, only once a week, to help you have more smooth and beautiful skin. 2. Invest in a hydrating cleanser “Dry skin is more than just unsightly and uncomfortable, it can lead to serious skin problems such as worsening of eczema, psoriasis and cause winter itch”, says Dr. Barba. She suggests investing in a hydrating cleanser that counterbalances the toughness of winter skin. We suggest the Neutriherbs Dead Sea Mud Mask. 3. With gentle exfoliation, comes moisturisation “Use a moisturiser that hydrates the skin cells that have been rubbed off to avoid any unnecessary skin complications.” The Neutriherbs Brightening Body Milk is perfect for this. It's not only firms your skin but also moisturises it simultaneously. 4. Go to bed a little greasy Bedtime is the best time to hydrate your skin, so don’t be afraid to seriously moisturise. If you’re looking to decrease collagen breakdown, Dr. Barba suggests these three quick steps before hitting the hay: - Wash your face. - Apply a retinol (Use either the Retinol Serum or the Retinol Cream for this). - Moisturize (Using the Brightening Body Milk) 5. Jumpstart pigmentation repair with a gentle peel A lot of women worry about pigmentation after summer because they’ve noticed brown spots from being in the sun. However, that doesn’t mean that you should be so quick to get a harsh peel that can leave the skin vulnerable to outside elements. She recommends a gentler peel with mild exfoliation to remove unsightly dark spots (the Vitamin C Serum), lightly exfoliate the skin (using the Dead Sea Mud Mask) and use the Neutriherbs Brightening Bodymilk, to fade sunspots.