29 Nov Winter-proofing your skin
As the wind whips up and the temperature drops, it’s time to think about winter-proofing your skin. The wintry elements together with central heating lead to a decrease in air humidity. This can irritate and dry out your skin, making it sore and prone to flare-ups. Whether you suffer from eczema, xerosis or any other dry skin condition, taking a little care now can prevent discomfort and keep your skin soft, smooth and ready for the season ahead.
Beat the elements
Wrap up warm when you head outside. Wind and icy temperatures will irritate exposed areas. As well as a coat, remember a scarf and gloves to protect the vulnerable skin on your hands, cheeks and chin. If your gloves aren’t made from cotton, consider wearing cotton glove liners underneath.
Soft not scratchy
Although it’s important to stay cosy, woollies can irritate sensitive skin. Make sure you keep soft, comfortable fabrics next to your body. That doesn’t mean you have to bin your Christmas jumpers, just think about layering or choose knitwear made with cotton, or silk for a gentle touch.
A steaming bath or a hot shower can be tempting when the temperature plummets. However hot plunges can strip the oils and really dehydrate your skin. Keep to tepid or warm water and limit your soaks to no more than fifteen minutes, your complexion will thank you for it.
Applying your emollient before you shower or bathe can help lock in moisture throughout the year. When it gets chilly, think about putting a layer of AproDerm® on before and after you shower (while the skin is still damp) for double the benefit.
Beat the heat
It’s tempting to crank up the central heating, or to toast your toes in front of an open fire. However direct heat will aggravate your eczema. Avoid dramatic changes in temperature and turn the thermostat down a couple of notches, your skin and your bank balance will both benefit.
Xerosis and eczema are worse in dry environments. Moisten the air with a humidifier or a damp towel hung over a radiator.
An emollient like AproDerm® will soothe, protect and moisturise your skin. However, emollients can be rubbed off by clothes so, in the winter, you’ll need to apply more often. Top up with a layer at least three times a day, and keep a tube with you so that you’re never caught short.
Our bodies can make Vitamin D in the sun, however gloomy weather and lives spent indoors can mean that many people lack this essential micronutrient. There is research evidence that daily treatment with a vitamin D supplement may reduce the symptoms of winter-related eczema.
When your skin is prone to dryness and inflammation, it’s important to be proactive with treatment. By working hard to protect, moisturise and soothe your skin, you can maintain your health and your wellbeing, whatever the weather.