The dreary British climate can cause chaos with your skin, particularly for individuals with pre-existing skin problems such as eczema or psoriasis. Each winter season our body is subjected to harsh changes, leading the capillaries within the epidermis to change dramatically to take into account the changing temperatures. This tends to leave your skin appearing flushed, red and weather beaten, and overall a lil less glam.
On top of this, the cold winds, rainfall, central heating system and soggy clothes can all aggravate the skin. Consultant Dermatologist and British Skin Foundation Trustee, Dr Bav Shergill, has a few little gems to keep skin in top condition this wintertime.
One of the most effective and simplest ways to fight a bitterly cold winter effects on skin is to regularly apply moisturisers and lip salves. This helps renew the lost moisture from the skin. All types of skin benefit from a moisturiser.
Apply a moisturiser to skin immediately following a shower or bath whilst the skin remains slightly damp. This locks in moisture and allows emollients to be more quickly absorbed. Drying your skin vigorously using a bath towel can harm it, so pat dry and don’t rub.
Be cautious with the kinds of clothing you put on. Things, for instance, lamb’s wool may irritate skin and trigger flare-ups.
Steer clear of harsh, alcohol-based skin cleansers and soaps. Avoid products which have alcohol and go easy on the exfoliation.
Protect skin with warm dry clothes (a scarf, hat and gloves) while outdoors. When the rain makes your clothes wet, make sure that you put on something dry as quickly as possible and don’t leave wet clothes in contact your skin which can cause more irritation or chaffing.
Keep warm, not hot.
Whilst it’s natural to wish to remain warm indoors, the central heating can harm our skin. The drier air in centrally heated buildings usually means the skin can dehydrate, so try to avoid turning the thermostat to the maximum.
Avoid the temptation to have a long hot bath, because this can remove essential natural oils from the skin. Attempt to reduce the amount of time you spend in the shower and don't forget to keep the water temperature warm not hot.
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