When the air is cold outside, your skin loses moisture much more rapidly which can result in your skin feeling rough, flaky, and irritated. That coupled with indoor heating can wreak havoc on your skin, as the indoor heat sucks out the moisture in the air.
On a quest to find out how to protect our skin, we asked our consultant dermatologist Dr Vikram Rajkomar to share his top tips for keeping our body’s largest organ healthy and hydrated throughout the colder months.
Dr Rajkomar advises that the key to healthy, winter skin lies with hydration. To combat this, he recommends avoiding long baths, along with curbing your coffee intake – as a diuretic it will increase the amount of water your body expels.
Sleep helps fight the signs of premature ageing by allowing the skin to replenish and repair itself overnight. You can give your skin a helping hand by applying a rich moisturising cream before bed for a brighter and healthier complexion.
Dr Rajkomar’s top Winter skincare tips also include:
- Using a gentle fragrance-free cleanser to remove dirt without stripping your skin of its natural oils
- Apply a high factor SPF to avoid the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as UVA rays are still present in the winter months
- Be conscious about the fabrics you’re wearing, i.e wool can irritate already dry and itchy skin. Choose light and breathable fabrics for clothes that sit directly on the skin
- Drink enough water. When it’s cold outside we often forget to drink enough water throughout the day, but this is just when low humidity is most likely to strip our poor skin of its moisture
- Exfoliate your skin. It may be the last thing on your mind when you have dry, itchy skin, but there are benefits to exfoliating your skin during winter. Not only will it take off the dry, dead skin cells, but it also helps you regenerate new ones
- Choose your facial moisturizer and body lotion carefully. Apply moisturizer or lotion immediately after washing to lock in as much moisture as possible, and don’t forget to include your hands and your feet, the most hardworking parts of your body.
If these tips don’t help to alleviate your dry skin symptoms, it could be useful to see a dermatologist. At Pall Mall Medical, our consultants are able to advise you on the best course of action when treating whichever skin condition you may have. You do not need a referral from the NHS, call us on 03300 58 44 55.