How to care for your skin this winter
-Nov 14, Caroline Blight , Beauty -
The clocks have changed, the air is crisp and there’s no doubt winter is upon us. Just as we change our clothing and lifestyle to accommodate the passing of the seasons, so we need to switch up our skincare regime too in order to help it look it’s best this season. We take investigate how to look after your skin and avoid potential cold-weather problems.
The biggest harm to skin in the colder months is dry air and stuffy dry houses and offices where central heating is making the environment warmer but also sapping the moisture at the same time.
Leading Dermatologist Dr Daniel Glass, from The Dermatology Clinic London on Harley Street explains the most common winter skin problems and how to treat them.
Dry skin and lips
Dry skin is one of the most common effects caused by the winter chill. As well as the cold winds causing dryness, indoor heating systems take a lot of the natural moisture from the air, “This means that even when you are indoors, your skin is still unable to get away from the drying effects of winter. The best way to deal with this is regular use of a good moisturiser,” says Dr Glass. You may find you need to use a couple more drops of your Lumity oil in the winter, go ahead and try this as you will be best able to tell if your skin needs a little extra nourishment.
As well as dry skin, many of us will suffer from chapped lips at some point during the winter. To keep them as kissable as possible for mistletoe season take care to moisturise these too and top up with a lip balm – licking your lips to moisturise them is a fast track to chapped and painful lips. In the same way you may need to exfoliate your skin more frequently in the winter to remove any rough patches or flaky skin, it’s important to exfoliate your lips too. Either use a little of your facial exfoliator or a specific product designed for your lips.
Expect skin condition flare ups in the winter
“It is common to find that people with pre-existing skin conditions, such as eczema may experience a flare up in the winter months, as the cold air outside and drying effects of central heating can really take their toll and dry out their skin,” says Dr Glass.
Eczema comes in many forms and one in particular Asteatotic eczema or winter eczema is more common at this time of year. It can affect the legs, arms and hands and is more common as we get older. “A characteristic ‘crazy‐paving’ pattern of this condition is observed on skin of the lower legs and the shins in particular,” says Dr Glass. The main treatment for this condition is centred on the restoration of skin hydration by using a good moisturiser with petrolatum.
“There is also a type of psoriasis which is slightly more commonplace during the winter, called Gutatte psoriasis, when you develop multiple wide spread, very small red scaly patches scattered like rain drops across the skin,” adds Dr Glass. This type of psoriasis is often linked to the development of a streptococcal sore throat, which may explain why it is more common in the winter.
Other winter skin problems
Chill blains or perniosis are also more common during the winter months and tend to occur in the fingers and toes, as the cold weather constricts and narrows the deeper blood vessels in the skin, whilst at the same time, smaller more superficial vessels in skin actually dilate.
“This in turn produces the characteristic red /purple changes which can be painful and if severe may even blister or ulcerate,” warns Dr Glass. If you are susceptible to chilblains, prevention is key, so ensure you wear sufficiently warm clothing and keep your home and work environment warm.
When your grandparents told you not to put your feet up at the fire after coming in from a winter walk they had a point!
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