Just when you thought the signs of spring might be starting to appear, another cold snap arrives! While your wardrobe might be well prepared for an unexpected weather front, our skin is often not. We have gathered a few top tips to keep your skin fresh and hydrated for when the temperature suddenly drops.
Watch out for humidity levels
Unlike the summer which typically has more humid weather, the air tends to get drier in the winter, 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 moisturising products that use anti-inflammatory ingredients that also promote skin cell renewal. It’s also important to ensure that you are drinking enough water and getting enough sleep as this helps your skin to stay hydrated too.
Turn down the heat
It’s very tempting to turn up the heating during a frosty period, but this can often make your skin condition worse. If your skin feels a little parched despite being indoors 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. The transition between heated and cold environments also affects the skin, therefore it’s good to moisturise as often as possible especially before going outside as this will retain your skin's moisture. To combat the problem without turning down the temperature, you can invest in a humidifier to increase the level of moisture in the air.
Avoid hot baths and showers
After a cold day it’s tempting to jump into 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.
Swap cold weather comforts for vitamins
We all know that we are more prone to comfort eating in the winter months. Indulging in comfort eating during the colder months might satisfy your immediate cravings but it may take its toll on your skin in the long run. Vegetables such as carrots, squash, pumpkin and sweet potatoes contain particularly high levels of beta carotene and other carotenoids. Beta carotene itself helps to prevent free radical damage to our cells that can result in ageing and converts to Vitamin A in our body helping our skin to resist damage and heal quickly.
- Expert advice provided by Dr Adam Friedmann & Dr Roger Henderson
- Dr Henderson recommends using the What Skin Needs skincare products while following these tips