Healthspan October 30, 2017

We often get asked how to treat your skin in the winter. The mixture of harsh cold conditions outside, combined with central heating inside can play havoc on skin, causing all kinds of unwelcome skin problems. Here our skin experts have answered a few common questions…

Q. Is winter a good time to repair any damage the summer may have caused to my skin?

A. The summer can be equally, if not more damaging to your skin than the winter. This is especially true if you have not worn a face cream with an SPF of at least 15. To minimise damage that the UV exposure may have caused to your skin use a face product that helps to lighten age spots and combat the appearance of wrinkles which are caused when your skin has been over exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Q. Why does my skin dry out in the winter?

A. In the winter you may notice that your skin has become a lot drier than it has been during the summer months. This dryness can be caused by central heating, which can suck moisture out of the skin. The harsh winter winds can also contribute to dry skin. To overcome this, moisturise your skin at least twice a day; this will help hydrate your skin, which will overcome the dryness you are experiencing. Try to moisturise just after bathing or showering as the skin is more receptive to moisture.

Q. My hair seems so dry and ‘frizz prone’ as the weather gets colder.

A. Your hair can really show the effects of winter. Not only do the winter winds cause havoc with your hairstyle, they can be very damaging too. The cold weather can cause your hair to go static, which leads to hair appearing frizzy. When taking a shower try your best not to use water that is too hot. Hot water can dry out the skin and hair, so if possible turn the shower temperature down a notch. To overcome winter hair problems use a leave in treatment which can work on your hair whilst you’re out and about in the cold weather.

Q. During the winter my lips always become chapped, is there anything I can do to remedy this?

A. Having dry, chapped and sore lips is a very common problem in the winter, which is why it is important to apply a lip balm throughout the day. Have a lip balm that contains UV filters as even though the sun is not shining in the sky, its harmful rays can still cause damage. Also make sure you drink plenty of water, this will not only help your lips, but your skin too. Whatever you do – don’t lick them! Saliva dries out lips quicker than anything else, stick to the balm instead.

Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn’t possible supplements can help. This article isn’t intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.

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