Your wardrobe might be ready for the cold snap, but is your skin?
The UK is bracing itself for yet another cold snap, which might mean fun snow days for some, but others might find the changing weather wreaks havoc with their skin.
But don’t worry just yet, we’ve gathered our 5 top tips to keep your skin fresh and hydrated throughout this chilly snap!
Watch Out For Humidity Levels
During periods of colder weather, the air tends to get drier which in turn drains the moisture from your skin. In the winter months you’re more likely to suffer with dry or flaky skin, especially if you’re prone to psoriasis, eczema or other dry skin conditions.
Look for products that use anti-inflammatory ingredients that also promote skin cell renewal like the What Skin Needs range. Dr Roger Henderson, GP with a special interest in dermatology explains:
“The therapeutically efficacious anti-inflammatory effect of Plantolin allows skin to heal and renew itself naturally, and in disorders such as eczema and psoriasis help promote skin renewal ingredients included in the products are also aimed to reduce skin inflammation and include jojoba oil, rich in linoleic acid that helps the skin remain supple, and the essential oil ylang ylang that helps normalise skin moisture in dry or greasy skin. Also included are passionfruit seed oil – rich in the anti-inflammatory vitamin A that helps keep skin healthy – and gotu kola extract, shown to help reduce skin inflammation, speed wound healing and stimulate new cell growth.”
Turn Down The Heat
If you’re skin feels a little parched despite being inside all day, you may want to think about looking at the temperature on your radiator. Heated air can bring down the humidity levels in a room that can leave your skin feeling dry.
To combat the problem without turning down the temperature, you can invest in a humidifier, keep up your water levels, or make sure you’re regularly moisturising. Dr Roger Henderson says:
“If cracked skin is a problem, such as often occurs on the hands and feet, the Cracked Skin cream is designed to help repair dry damaged skin on feet, elbows and knees.”
Dr Adam Friedmann, consultant dermatologist at The Harley Street Dermatology Clinic (www.theharleystreetdermatologyclinic.co.uk), adds:
“The weather can affect our skin and the general advice would be to moisturise a lot more because of course heating and air conditioning can both dry the skin out and make your skin condition worse. The wind and cold and the transition between heated and cold environments affects the skin, therefore it’s good to moisturise as often as possible especially before going outside as this will retain the skins moisture.”
The rapid changes in weather mean that your skincare might not be giving your skin what it needs day-to-day. Hydration is the key to clear skin so make sure you’ve used a nourishing moisturizer on the colder days, Dr Roger Henderson says:
“The Soothing Skin Gel (£14.99, whatskinneeds.co.uk) helps soothe and provide moisture to dry skin to protect after exposure to the elements as well as helping reduce the irritation of rashes”
Hot Baths and showers
After a cold day normally you want nothing more than a hot shower or bath but this could be affecting your skin more than you realise. The combination of hot water and steam can actually harm the protective barrier between your skin which can lead to drier skin – So turn the temperature down a little bit or make an effort to hydrate your skin as soon as you step out of the shower.
Dr Roger Henderson recommends using a serum to combat the dryness:
“If facial skin dryness is a problem this can be rebalanced and repaired by Hydrating Facial Serum (£17.99, whatskinneeds.co.uk) that contains Plantolin and a range of vitamins and botanicals which help to provide hydration to skin cells without leaving any messy or greasy residue. This makes it useful in hydrating, nourishing and rebalancing skin and helping with skin cell renewal.”
Cold Weather Comforts
We all know that we are more prone to comfort eating in the winter months. Anyone who indulges in comfort eating during the colder months might find that although it might satisfy your immediate craving it may take its toll on your skin in the long run!
If you want to include more orange vegetables in your winter stews and soups. Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading nutritionist and author of ‘Natural Alternatives to Sugar’ explains:
“Vegetables such as carrots, squash, pumpkin and sweet potatoes contain particularly high levels of beta carotene and other carotenoids, which give them their lovely orange colour. Beta carotene itself helps to prevent free radical damage to our cells that can result in ageing, as it works as an antioxidant. Beta carotene converts to vitamin A in our body, which is one of the most important nutrients for skin integrity (meaning skin that is firm, resists damage and can heal quickly). The orange vegetables are delicious as a basis for stews and soups in the winter, or roasted with other vegetables such as peppers, red onions and beetroot.”