Cold weather is fast approaching and it takes a toll on the skin. But while dry or sensitive skin might seem like an easy fix, an overwhelming number of people suffer from a skin condition – in fact, 30% of Australian households, according to Dr. Eleni Yiasemides, Consultant Dermatologist and Dermeze Ambassador.
Here are five tips to beat the winter skin blues.
1. Use fewer products
A lot of women are simply using too many products. The increase in number of things going on the skin leads to increased sensitivity and intolerance to skincare products. We take it for granted that all will be well until there’s a tipping point and your skin goes from being tolerant to irritated. To take care of your skin year-round, choose a good quality moisturiser and mix and match throughout the year with changing seasons to suit your changing skin needs.
For example, in summer a lotion may be more appropriate and in winter a treatment cream or ointment may be required. Also, different body parts require different levels of moisture, so areas on hands and feet, elbows for instance may require an ointment whereas the arms and legs may require a cream. Having a few different moisturisers at home is ideal so you have the right moisturiser to suit your changing skin needs.
2. Change products
As the weather changes, the needs of the skin change. During the winter, there is often less humidity in the air, temperatures are colder and this can lead to dry skin. Make sure you find a moisturiser that matches your skin type in order to avoid itchy and uncomfortable skin.
3. External factors
Continual exposure to water weakens the skin and causes increased sensitivity and allergies. People who work in certain industries such as cleaners, hairdressers, chefs, nurses for instance have continued exposure to water, which weakens the barrier of the skin and can lead to dermatitis. Exposure to certain chemicals including those found in soaps and cleaning products can also cause more sensitivity.
4. Skin protection
Using a soap free gentle cleanser on your skin (face and body) will reduce the dying effect, but also make sure you use a moisturiser after your shower or bathing as this is when the skin is more receptive to receiving the moisture. It will also create a protective barrier to the elements.
5. Be winter wise
You might think your skin is fine when it’s tucked away under clothes and blankets but during winter your skin suffers the most because of the dry weather, heating, air conditioning, soaps and detergents on the skin and long hot showers. Genetics also come into play as some people are predisposed to having drier skin while others are born with oilier skin.
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