Winter can play havoc with our skin, especially for those with existing skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. Wind, rain, central heating and soggy clothing can all irritate the skin.
Dr Bav Shergill, consultant dermatologist with the British Skin Foundation, has some top tips for keeping skin in good shape this winter.
“Make sure you’re moisturising regularly and using an emollient that’s right for you – keeping skin moist is imperative to avoid it getting cracked and infected,” he advises.
One of the best and simplest ways to combat the winter effects on skin is to regularly apply moisturisers and lip salves.
He also recommends avoiding harsh, alcohol-based cleansers and soapsand going easy on the exfoliation.
“Whilst it’s natural to want to stay warm indoors, even the central heating can affect our skin,” he says.
“The drier air in centrally heated buildings means the skin can dry out, so try not to turn the thermostat up to maximum.
“Avoid the temptation to have a long hot bath, as this can strip away much needed natural oil from the skin,” he continues.
“Try and shorten the length of time and remember to keep the water temperature warm not hot.”
It’s a good idea to apply a moisturiser to skin straight after a bath or shower while the skin is still slightly damp.
“Drying your skin vigorously with a towel can damage it, so pat dry and don’t rub,” Bav says.
For more info visit www.britishskinfoundation.org.uk