Healthspan October 31, 2017

Winter is upon us and we have all donned our knitwear, coats, boots and scarfs. But we’re not all as ready for the cold as we think. Chances are that many of us have forgotten to protect one last thing – our skin!

Hormones and genetics, also known as ‘intrinsic’ factors, are only one side of the ageing story. Though they often escape our attention, extrinsic factors, such as the environment, are also responsible for a large part of skin problems and ageing. Fortunately, there is a lot more that we can do to prevent these influences from causing any damage.

External influences

Every day your skin battles against free radicals created by the climate’s influences. These unstable atoms can destroy the skin by ruining its natural balance. The results include wrinkles, dry skin and unwanted pigmentation patches. Minimise these effects by using the right skincare products to increase your skin’s defences.

Feeling the cold

Low temperatures in the winter usually result in poor humidity, meanwhile you crank up the heating and your blood vessels contract to keep you warm, which dries out the skin. For some, this can also flare up uncomfortable skin conditions like eczema, but you don’t have to suffer with red, tight, cracked skin. Simple changes like avoiding really hot showers and applying moisturiser all over, twice daily will keep your skin in tip-top condition. In the cold weather we often opt for a nice, hot cup of tea or coffee but these can be dehydrating so make sure you still drink lots of water to hydrate from the inside too.

Always protect

In the summer, sunscreen is always top of our list for skincare; this shouldn’t change just because it’s winter. Ageing UVA rays are present during every month of the year and are the biggest cause of wrinkles, fine lines and age spots. No matter what the weather is like, use skincare with a high SPF to keep your skin looking and feeling radiant.

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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