Our skin tends to take a bit of a beating in winter, and our skin care routines and top tips can go out the window entirely. Just think of all the times you skipped taking off your make-up after a particularly big night out, not to mention the excessive consumption of Christmas chocolates.

It’s time to make up for the errors of the past and show your skin a bit of love. Instead of buying expensive new serums and starting a 12-step skin care routine, there are plenty of easy, cheap and quick things you can adopt to help transform your skin.

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Winter skin care tips

Taking on some of these resolutions will help you on your way to clear and glowing skin all year long.

1. Drink more water

The world of skin care can be overwhelming, with everyone seemingly expecting you to know how to use glycolic acids and retinols. However, one of the most important rules of clear and glowing skin is cheap and easy – all you have to do is drink more water.

If you struggle with drinking water because you’re always on the go, treat yourself to a brand new water bottle. Chilly’s water bottles (Amazon) are great because you can keep your drink cold if you prefer chilled water, or warm if you want something to warm you up. Remember, a hot squash or lemon water will be much better for your skin than coffee or tea.

2. Take your make-up off

This isn’t new news, we all know we should be taking our make-up off at night, but how often are you skipping this crucial step? Not only will your skin thank you, but your bed sheets probably will too.

It takes a few seconds before hitting the hay so it’s an easy thing to stick to – just make it a non-negotiable.

3. Follow the 60-second rule when washing your face

Wash your face thoroughly

Many of us are skimping on a vital part of any skin care routine: washing your face.

Instead of dumping on some cleanser and rinsing it off as quickly as possible, some experts champion the 60 second rule – cleansing your face for a whole minute. The extra few seconds could be a game-changer, particularly if you have oily or acne-prone skin.

TIP: if you’re struggling to cleanse for a minute, try using a foaming cleanser. Products like Clinique Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser (Amazon) will have you spending more time working up a great lather rather than applying as quickly as possible.

4. Ditch the wipes

If you’re still using make-up wipes, you might not know that most aren’t biodegradable. They’re bad for the environment and contribute to those gross fatbergs in the sewers if flushed – not to mention some experts say they’re harsh on your skin.

Be kinder to yourself and the environment by choosing gentler, more sustainable ways to remove your make-up. We recommend a good cleanser and a muslin cloth, or micellar water.

A bottle of Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water (Amazon) will also end up saving you money in the long run. Not only will you be helping the environment, but your bank account too!

5. Apply sunscreen every day

Again, this is an obvious one – you know you should be wearing SPF every day, but few of us actually slap it on 365 days a year. Even when the weather is overcast your skin can be damaged by those sneaky UV rays, meaning suitable protection is an absolute must.

6. Show your neck some love

Apply neck cream

Skin care tends to be focused around our face, and we’re used to cleansing it properly and applying our favourite serums and moisturisers. So why do so many of us stop at the end of our chin?

Your neck also needs some TLC, and all it takes is extending your products down a little bit further. Easy.

7. Clean your make-up brushes

If you can’t remember the last time your cleaned your make-up brushes, they’re way overdue a wash.

Experts recommend you clean them every week – after all, you don’t want the dirty brushes to clog up your pores and potentially cause breakouts.

Try using EcoTools Make Up Brush Shampoo (Amazon) to keep your brushes clean and soft wash after wash.

8. Stop picking

Few things are more tempting than squeezing spots or picking at blackheads. We’ve all done it, which means we all know it does more harm than good. If you really feel the need to pick, book in a facial and leave it to the professionals.

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