3 tips for luminous, glowing skin: Prevent dryness without expensive products

Christmas is a busy time of year, but the fun and festivities associated with cold weather can leave your skin feeling dry and dull. Scott McGlynn, skincare expert and host of Celebrity Skin Talk, told Express.co.uk some easy and budget-friendly ways to manage your skin through winter.

Scott, who shares his skincare tips and tricks with an Instagram following of 266,000, explained, “This time of year can have a huge impact on people’s skin. People tend to drink more alcohol than ever around this time, and hangovers massively dry out our skin. Winter weather and heating in the house also add to the dryness.

The key, says Scott, is to maintain hydration. Skincare products can be a big help, but some simple lifestyle factors can also add extra moisture to your skin.

“Keeping our body and mind in shape plays an important role,” Scott said. “Sleep is key and some nights I’m in bed at 8pm to make sure I get a good night’s sleep.

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According to Scott, hacking tea bags can eliminate “dark circles and puffiness”, although many people are mistaken when putting it into practice.

“This tea bag method can be really messy,” he explained in a video posted to his Instagram page. “The tea bag doesn’t even fit over your eye and you have tea running down your face. But I have a tip for you. Get a reusable makeup remover pad to put in the tea.

“Rinse it out and simply apply it to your eyes without any drops running down your face. And don’t forget that it helps improve the appearance of dark circles, redness and puffiness.

Although Scott thinks expensive skincare products aren’t necessarily the best, a good SPF is the foundation of healthy skin. “One tip I would recommend especially now is to wear your SPF,” he explained. “The winter sun is just as harmful as in the summer. The SPF will protect and make a barrier to protect your skin.

If you want to invest in skincare products to enhance your routine, Scott recommends focusing on ones that exfoliate and moisturize. “Right now I’m loving Primark’s PS skincare and Kate Somerville Age Arrest products, both of which are excellent. If you can’t get your hands on them, the key is to keep your skin hydrated with a good moisturizer and serums.

“I recommended switching to hydrating products to lock in the moisturizer, like a rich face moisturizer or a goat’s milk cleanser, so it doesn’t dry out our skin.

“And exfoliate your skin once a week to keep skin glowing. I just discovered a liquid exfoliator from Alumier that isn’t that expensive. There is no friction involved. You just put it on a cotton ball after cleaning and it does the work for you.

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