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Ten tips for healthy skin this winter

We place a lot of emphasis on the importance of skin health, particularly on protecting our skin from the sun, during the summer months. However, our skin requires just as much care during winter, even though the UV Index is generally not as high.

You may have noticed that your skin becomes dry and flaky during the colder months. This is usually due to the lack of moisture in the air, as well as exposure to heating. Moving back and forth between the cold, dry air outside and warm, dry air inside throughout the winter months can also cause our skin to become dehydrated and may exacerbate some skin conditions.

The ten tips below will help you to prevent your skin from losing moisture and becoming dry, irritated and painful this winter.

  1. Use a soap substitute
    Some soaps can dry out the skin, so look for a moisturising body wash. 
  2. Apply a moisturiser immediately after a bath or shower
    This will help lock in moisture and replace the natural oils lost. 
  3. Switch your moisturiser
    As weather conditions change, so too should your skin care routine, particularly your moisturiser. Find a moisturiser that is oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin to retain more moisture. Choose your oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for the face. For your facial moisturiser, look for non-clogging oils (labelled 'non-comedogenic'). 
  4. Don't forget your hands and feet
    Remember to moisturise your hands and feet every day and keep them covered from the cold with gloves and socks made from a natural, non-irritating material. 
  5. Avoid wet gloves and socks
    Getting your gloves or socks wet can cause itching, cracking, sores, or even flare-ups of eczema. 
  6. Avoid taking long showers and baths
    as they may dry the skin out excessively;
  7. Ban super-hot showers and baths
    Although it can seem like just what you need after spending time out in the cold, soaking in very hot water can cause the lipid barriers in the skin to break down, which can lead to a loss of moisture.
  8. Always wear sunscreen when the UV Index is above 3
    The last thing you want to do during winter is get sunburnt, especially when you're at the snow, playing sport, walking, or working in the garden. Too much sun exposure not only dries out your skin but also causes irreparable damage. Apply a broad-spectrum SPF 50+ sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every two hours. Learn more about how sunscreen protects your skin
  9. Treat your skin from the inside out
    Having a nutrient-rich diet may help your skin to stay strong and full of moisture. Consuming foods rich in omega-3 fats such as sardines, anchovies, herrings and salmon can help reduce inflammation and provide essential nourishment to the skin. Learn more about nutrition and skin health
  10. See a doctor if you have any concerns about your skin
    The dry skin you are experiencing may represent a skin disorder such as eczema or psoriasis.
03 July 2020
Category: News