Spalding's Jo Esdale shares how to protect your skin during the winter
Are you ready for seasonal change?
As the season changes, the days start to get shorter and the weather turns much cooler and you may experience some unwelcome conditions with your skin.
We adjust our living habits and our wardrobe to jumpers, coats, boots, scarves, hats and gloves to keep us warm outside.
Inside both at home and work we turn up the central heating but our skin is exposed to extremes of temperature as we leave a toasty warm building to make our journeys outside.
How many of you adjust your health and skincare routine to cope with the seasonal temperature changes ?
Your skin, the biggest organ of your body, however, is frequently neglected and unprotected?
Dermatologists advise that these extremes of temperature may have an adverse effect on our skin.
If you are acne prone, your breakouts may be more inflamed, your skin may also feel tighter, dryer and more sensitive as it dehydrates.
Our skin likes consistency and weather change can be a real shock to its system, there is nothing we can do about seasonal change, however that does not mean your skin has to suffer the consequences.
Why does our skin change from season to season?
Temperatures and humidity will drop, your skin will have to work harder to maintain adequate hydration to protect against cold weather and wind. You are more likely to experience increased dryness and flakiness, especially if you are prone to eczema or other dry skin conditions, this is because little cracks appear in the outer skin layer resulting in dehydration and inflammation, this can seriously impact the overall state of your skin health as the protective skin barrier becomes disrupted making it more susceptible to inflammation and irritation.
Wrap up your skin for winter.
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To keep your skin in tip top condition, I would advise a few seasonal changes to your routine.
It’s time to put away the lightweight moisturiser, introduce products which have hydrating properties, moisturise every morning and evening.
Be extra diligent and apply SPF sunscreen every morning, even when it is cloudy. UVA rays penetrate the skin causing skin ageing, brown spots, uneven skin tone and DNA damage.
Change to a creamy cleanser, exfoliate weekly to remove dead skin cells and allow the active ingredients to penetrate and nourish your skin.
Make sure you use products which have vitamins, powerful plant extracts and peptides in their ingredients.
Flavonoids provide an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and an immune boosting effect which helps to reduce redness in the skin. Phytolipids replenish the skins protective barrier, hydrate and provide antioxidant protection.
Peptides control and help to regulate biological processes and messaging, they not only help with collagen and elastin production, they increase hyaluronic acid which hydrates the skin.
Speed up your showers and baths, to no more than five minutes and avoid hot water, use a nourishing soap free body wash and apply a rich body cream or oil within one minute of bathing.
For further advice pop into the clinic on London Road for a product consultation and wrap up your skin for winter.