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During the colder and windier winter months, your skin can become dehydrated and lose its healthy-looking glow, but what are the main causes of dry winter skin and how can you help prevent it? To keep skin looking and feeling softer, smoother, hydrated and protected all season, follow our winter skincare routine and top winter skincare tips.

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Winter weather conditions can take a toll on your face and body – as the temperatures drop, so do the moisture levels in your skin. Cold temperatures and harsh winds can cause skin to dry out and lose its natural, healthy-looking glow. As well as winter weather, central heating can cause the air to dry out, which can then cause your skin to dehydrate. Less sunlight during the darker winter months can also strip your skin of nutrients (including vitamin D), which can cause skin to look dull and uneven.

When skin is dry, it can begin to feel rough, tight and itchy and can even start to redden and become more sensitive. Dry skin can develop on any part of the body and is especially common on the face during winter because it is more exposed to the weather. When your skin begins to lose its moisture and become dehydrated, it means it’s lacking the water levels needed to function effectively. As well as losing its softness, suppleness and natural-looking glow, dry and irritated skin in extreme weather conditions can develop into a skin condition known as ‘winter rash’.

Your skin is your body’s first line of defence against the elements and environment so it’s important to find the perfect winter skincare routine to suit your skin needs. This means mixing up your routine and finding gentle formulas that won’t strip away your skin’s natural moisture barrier. Ensure you include hydrating, creamy cleansers and gentle exfoliators as well as moisturisers in your everyday skincare routine. Gently buffing away dead skin cells allows your moisturisers to work and sink into skin more effectively.


During the colder and windier winter months, your skin can become dehydrated and lose its healthy-looking glow, but what are the main causes of dry winter skin and how can you help prevent it? To keep skin looking and feeling softer, smoother, hydrated and protected all season, follow our winter skincare routine and top winter skincare tips.


Moisturise skin for up to 72 hours with our richly textured Oils of Life™ Intensely Revitalising Cleansing Oil-in-Gel. When applied, this formula cleanses skin and dissolves impurities. Once rinsed, skin feels nourished and appears smoother and revitalised. It’s infused with three precious, cold-pressed seed oils from across the globe – black cumin seed oil from Egypt, camellia seed oil from China and rosehip seed oil from Chile.


Remove any traces of make-up and cleansers and prep skin for moisturising with our Vitamin E Hydrating Toner. It leaves all skin types (including dry skin common in winter) feeling cleansed, supple and helps your skin absorb the follow up products in our winter skincare routine.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Night Cream


To help protect and moisturise your skin during the cold winter days, restore its natural moisture barrier and lock in up to 72 hours of hydration, apply a dollop of our richly textured, non-greasy Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream. It’s perfect for dry skin in winter and leaves all skin types feeling fresh and silky soft.

When you sleep, your skin repairs itself, so it’s a good idea to moisturise overnight. Suitable for all skin types (including dry skin), our Vitamin E Night Cream helps to replenish moisture and prevent moisture loss overnight. The formula intensely moisturises and leaves your skin feeling softer and smoother.

For a nourishing night-time treat you could try our Oils of LifeTM Sleeping Cream, which is infused with three precious seed oils from around the world to moisturise while you sleep. Apply nightly to help skin look and feel revitalised and rested. Use as part of your winter skincare routine.

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Skin feeling the drying effects of winter? You should try our NEW Hemp Overnight Nourishing Rescue Mask with cold pressed hemp seed oil. Richly hydrating without the skin feeling greasy, the mask gets to work while you sleep so you can wake up to skin that feels softer and comforted, and moisturised for up to 72 hours.

Smooth on our Mediterranean Almond Milk with Oats Instant Soothing Mask 2-3 times a week to comfort and gently exfoliate dry, sensitive skin. Enriched with oatmeal from the UK, Community Fair Trade almond milk from Spain and Community Fair Trade organic aloe vera from Mexico, this creamy, comforting mask helps relieve dry, sensitive skin from feelings of tightness and itchiness.

You can also use biodegradable* Drops of Youth™ Youth Concentrate Sheet Mask twice a week as part of your winter skincare routine. It gives you bouncier, healthier-looking skin in just 15 minutes. You can also moisturise overnight with our Drops of Youth™ Bouncy Sleeping Mask. The gel-cream texture absorbs overnight, so you wake up with skin that feels soft, replenished with moisture and renewed.

*Based on trial with test EN 13432.


In winter, your body needs moisture and protection too. The drying effects of central heating and being trapped under the weight of all those heavy winter clothes means skin needs to be gently exfoliated weekly and hydrated daily to keep it looking and feeling smooth. To keep skin moisturised and protected from head-to-toe, follow our 4-step body care routine for dry skin in winter.


Help hydrate and protect ultra-dry skin straight from the shower with our NEW hardworking Hemp Shower Oil. This silky shower oil lathers up into a soft foam to gently cleanse skin without drying it out. As well as our NEW Hemp Hydrating & Protecting Shower Oil, you could try our Shea Shower Cream or our Coconut Shower Cream. These richly textured formulas gently cleanse dry winter skin and leave it feeling softer.

The Body Shop Exfoliation Products


Winter causes a build-up of dry skin, so gently polish, smooth or exfoliate it once a week to loosen and buff away dead skin cells. Weekly exfoliation helps to reveal the brighter, smoother, healthier looking skin underneath and leaves it feeling silky soft.

Leave skin feeling softer and smoother with our range of exfoliating body scrubs. For dry, sensitive skin, buff your body with our delicate Almond Milk & Honey Gently Exfoliating Cream Scrub.

The Body Shop Body Butters


Moisturise dry skin in winter with a creamy dollop of our most hydrating Body Butters. Every 200ml tub of Hemp Heavy-Duty Moisture Face Protector is enriched with the oil of 1,932 cold pressed hemp seeds and provides ultra-dry skin with 96 hours of intense hydration and protection.

Our Coconut Nourishing Body Butter also provides dry to very dry skin with 48 hours of moisture, while our fruity Mango Softening Body Butter provides dry skin with 24 hours hydration.

The Body Shop Hemp Products


In the drying winter months, it’s important to protect your skin from the elements. Our iconic Hemp range offers heavy duty hydration for feet, hands and lips, which are often the body’s most vulnerable areas.

Feet laced up all day in thick winter boots need soothing and replenishing too. Try our Hemp Hard-Working Foot Protector, which is enriched with cold pressed hemp seed oil from France. Our creamy formula helps soften rough skin and restores moisture levels to ultra-dry skin. You can also treat feet to our refreshingly uplifting Peppermint foot care range. It’s enriched with peppermint oil from England, and leaves dry, hard skin and heels feeling soothed and smelling minty fresh.

Our heavy-duty Hemp Hand Protector has been a bestseller for over 20 years. It moisturises very dry skin and every 100ml tube contains 966 hemp seeds. Use daily to help relieve dry skin and protect hardworking hands.

A lick of our Hemp Heavy Duty Lip Care balm will help nourish and soften ultra-dry lips and give them a natural-looking sheen.

Hemp not your thing? You could also try our nourishing and richly textured Shea Butter or our lightweight and non-greasy Shea Butter Hand Cream.



Our Vitamin E Lip Care SPF15, which is enriched with vitamin E, Community Fair Trade organic olive oil from Italy and virgin coconut oil, moisturises and protects lips against harsh winter weather conditions and helps prevent them from drying out.

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Hemp Hand Protector is our bestselling Hand Cream. Enriched with Community Fair Trade hemp seed oil from France, our lightweight, non-greasy formula provides heavy-duty hydration for very dry skin – even after you’ve washed your hands. It’s perfect for helping protect hard-working hands.

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Top up your hydration throughout the day with our Rose Dewy Glow Face Mist and comforting Coco Calming Face Mist. Shake and spritz to leave skin feeling hydrated and instantly refreshed. Our delicately scented range is enriched with Community Fair Trade organic aloe vera from Mexico.

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Our indulgently textured Body Butters are available in on-the-go 50ml tubs, including our Shea Nourishing Body Butter for very dry skin. They’re perfect for travelling or tucking into your gym bag for a moisturising, post workout treat.

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