Early nights, dark mornings and wet afternoons. Yup, Winter is officially here. Whilst I love Winter for its fashion and festivities, it can be a harsh season for your health, your hair and in particular your skin. Cracked skin, cold hands, chapped lips, I’m shuddering just thinking about it. Fortunately the folks over at the British Skin Foundation, in particular Consultant Dermatologist Dr Bav Shergill, have been kind enough to offer up the best tips for protecting your skin over these cold winter months, with a few added recommendations from me…
Dr Bav Shergill Says: “Make sure you’re moisturising regularly and use an emollient that’s right for you – keeping skin moist is imperative to avoid it getting cracked and infected.”
Personally I love using Nivea Q10 Firming Lotion for my body and for my face I opt for Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser, it does exactly what it says on the tin, and is great for sensitive skin. Oh, that rhymed.
Dr Bav Shergill Says: “Avoid harsh, alcohol-based cleansers and soaps. Stay away from cleaning products that contain alcohol and go easy on the exfoliation.”
Both my Simple Foam Cleanser and my Simple Soothing Toner completely lack the alcohol base that most other cleansing products have, meaning they are much gentler on your skin when your washing all that daily dirt and make up from your face and neck.
Carry a Lip Salve in your bag
Dr Bav Shergill Says: “One of the best and simplest ways to combat the winter effects on skin is to regularly apply lip salves. This will help replenish the lost moisture from the skin.”
During the Winter months, my lips get terribly chapped and, dare I say it, crusty (!). So I’ve made it a habit of mine to always carry around a little tub of lip salve with me. I don’t mind Vaseline but I find it can get quite messy half way through the tub, so I use these Derma V10 lip jellies instead. They are less messy, but work wonders, and as you can see from this haul, they are very cheap. However if you don’t mind paying a bit more, I’ve heard amazing things about the Clarins moisturising lip balm, but be warned, it’s a bit pricier than a tub of Vaseline costing upto £18
Dr Bav Shergill Says: “Protect skin with warm clothing whilst outside. If the rain makes your clothes damp, ensure that you change into something dry as soon as possible and don’t leave wet clothes in contact with your skin which may cause further irritation or chaffing.”
So gloves, hat and scarf. Not only an important tip, but one that means you get to go shopping for some fab new gloves and a hat and scarf. I’ve got my eye on this snug looking faux hur headpiece and these chunky mits
Dr Bav Shergill Says: “Be careful with the kinds of clothes you wear. Some materials, for example, lamb’s wool, may irritate skin and cause flare-ups.”
I actually fainted once due to being wrapped up in woolly itchy winter wear that was irritating my skin and flaring up my temperature. True Story! Make sure you don’t wrap up too much, and no matter how pretty the garment, make sure it doesn’t irritate your skin
Don’t go OTT on the heating
Dr Bav Shergill Says: “Whilst it’s natural to want to stay warm indoors, even the central heating can affect our skin. The drier air in centrally heated buildings means the skin can dry out, so try not to turn the thermostat up to maximum”.
Not to mention it will save on the bills! Maybe try going out for walks in the fresh air too.
Dr Bav Shergill Says: “Avoid the temptation to have a long hot bath, as this can strip away much needed natural oil from the skin. Try and shorten the length of time and remember to keep the water temperature warm”
This is actually a really difficult one for me, because I love my long hot baths (not that I even have a bath, but when I visit my Parents you can’t get me out the thing!) but it can’t be doing my skin much good to be soaking it in boiling water! I’d probably have to distract myself from the lack of scalding water by filling my baths with lots of pretty bath bombs. Any excuse to go to Lush.
Have you found these tips helpful? If so, then why not show your appreciation to the British Skin Foundation by doing some online shopping! You see, when you sign up to giveasyoulive.com, every time you shop with certain online retailers (Amazon, Asos, Tesco, and John Lewis to name just a few) a donation is made to the British Skin Foundation. It doesn’t cost you a penny; instead the retailer donates a percentage of the sale. You get to shop, and the charity comes out on top. It’s a no-brainer really!
For further info or for more skincare tips I suggest checking out BSF’s website britishskinfoundation.org.uk or tweet them your question at @BSFCharity . Or even better yet, add them to your Facebook Feed by liking their Facebook Page
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