Dr Nick Lowe is a cosmetic surgeon and skincare specialist. I met up with him this week to ask his expert advice on dealing with dry winter skin
- If you get dry, flaky skin your first thought is probably to exfoliate dont! The skins cuticles usually lie flat and smooth, but when dried out they become slightly detached. Exfoliating will just damage the skin further. Instead you need to moisturise, to encourage the cuticles to lie smooth again.
- Avoid hot baths and showers which can dissolve the skins protective oils. Instead make sure the water is lukewarm. You should also try not to use cleansing products that contain detergents as they will also strip your skins natural oils. Dermol 200 Shower Emollient, £5.94 and Dermol 600 Bath Emollient, £13.45 are both good buys.
- Other drying ingredients to avoid are Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and Glycolic. Instead, look out for Humectants, Glycerine and Sodium Hyaluronate, which help attract moisture to the skin.
- I dont have a body lotion in my range. There are plenty out there that do a great job and are cheaper than I could ever produce. I recommend Vaseline Intensive Care Dry Skin Lotion, £4.10.
- From my range use the Double Duty Hand Cream SPF15, £12.67, The Secret is Out Lifting Cream, £24.42 and the Age Correct Eye Serum, £16.59.