Winter can wreak havoc on your skin, and during those months it can feel like there’s no escape from it. Between cold, blistery conditions outside leaving your skin red and raw, to the indoor heat, zapping moisture from the air and from your skin.
Let's have a chat about how your skin can act out this with common skin conditions this winter and how we can do our best to prevent and treat our skin over the next couple of months.
Winter Rash is when your skin becomes itchy, red and irritated during the winter season. The cold and dry air can also cause dry/cracked or scaly skin with bumps, blisters or a burning sensation with skin tenderness. This can be treated with topical moisturiser creams.
Eczema is an inflammatory skin disorder that also results in dry, red and itchy skin. It is commonly exacerbated in the winter weather from the cold and dry air. Symptoms can also include small, raised bumps, thick/scaly skin and sensitive skin. You can treat eczema with over the counter ointments that will give moisture, anti rash and prevent infection.
There are a few things that you can do that will contribute to keeping your skin hydrated and healthy to stand up against the air + low humidity coming your way.
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As hard to resist as it is, keeping your tap water lukewarm, not hot, will play a big role in your skin condition during winter. Long, steamy showers may sound like a great idea when it’s cold outside, but very hot water can dry out the skin. A short warm shower (or bath) is less likely to worsen dry skin.
Another tip: don't have your heater too hot if you’re looking to escape dry, chilly outdoor air. High central heat can make the air in your house even drier.
Moisturising your body while your skin is still damp after a shower or bath is an effective way to keep skin hydrated. This is because moisturiser traps existing moisture in the skin.
Why not use the same moisturiser on your face and body? Facial skin is thinner and more sensitive, so many face moisturisers are designed to be a bit thinner and less likely to cause acne. They may also have more expensive anti-aging ingredients added to them.
Try not to change your skin routine during these colder months. Too much change for your skin could be too much for it to handle.
You still need your sunscreen! Just because it is winter, it doesn’t mean you should put away your sunscreen. While there is less UVB around in winter, levels of UVA are still significant enough to age our skin. Be sure to be using an SPF 30-50+ and remember, the sunscreen in your makeup does not protect your skin on its own.
Follow these few simple steps alone and your skin will be very thankful.
Keep hydrated, warm and stay cosy.
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