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Tips to minimise dry skin in winter
Winter is here and as the cold weather sets in, many people seem to suffer from itchy & dry skin in winter.
Why People Suffer From Dry Skin In Winter?
There are a few possible reasons including:
Decreased use of emollients: In winter, the cold weather makes people less inclined to strip down and moisturise regularly.
Decreased humidity: Lower temperature equals lower air humidity. Low air humidity outside caused moisture to be extracted from your skin, making your skin drier, itchier and more inflamed.
Artificial heating: The use of central heating in Winter, combined with the drier air causes even lower air humidity that will aggravate dry skin even further and cause eczema flareups.
Layers and types of clothing: In Winter, people tend to wear more clothing and often woollen clothing. Wearing wool and synthetic materials can cause irritation and promote itching. Synthetic substances also tend to trap heat against the skin and excess heat can cause overheating that can further irritate your skin and cause flare-ups.
What can be done?
Regular emollient use in Winter is important. Using emollients regularly help retain moisture in the skin and also provide an occlusive barrier that protects the skin from irritants.
Wearing many layers of breathable cotton is recommended; this will also mean you can adjust layers so that you’re always warm, but not overheated. And you can keep yourself warm using clothing rather than artificial heating.
FIVE tips for younger skin
1. Making sure you get enough sleep
Lack of sleep can lead to increased stress hormones in the body which detracts from your skin’s natural beauty. Having increased inflammatory cells in the body can lead to the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, which help to give our skin its glow, bounce, and translucency. Therefore, it’s important that we get enough hours of sleep each night so that our skin can repair itself. Sleeping for 7-8 hours will help prevent a dull complexion and will also help to prevent you looking older than what you are
2. Exercising regularly
Exercise is KEY! There are so many benefits of exercising and one of them is youthful skin. This is due to the stress hormone “cortisol” decreasing in our bodies and the increase in endorphins which helps to boost our mood. Exercising also gives our skin an immediate glow and helps to shed all those dead skin cells that have been building up over time.
3. Skipping Meals
We all can be extremely busy at times and sometimes we can forget to eat. When we skip meals, our brains are running on no fuel however, constantly skipping meals can make our skin age so much faster as well as dry out quicker. Therefore, it’s always important to keep a little stash of snacks that are easily accessible. Peanuts, almonds, oats or even picking up an orange and some grapes are all great in helping to keep your skin looking and feeling great.
4. Not drinking enough water
Drinking water should be one of the most important things we do each and every day. Eight glasses of water is the right amount that our bodies need internally to help provide hydration to the skin. When we don’t drink enough water our skin can show patches of dry and flaky skin. Even adding a few slices of lemon to water for a yummier taste can be quite beneficial. Lemons contain antioxidant properties which help to combat free radical damage, one of the main symptoms of ageing.
5. Using an Anti-Ageing product
It is never too early to start using products that can help in assisting us to look younger than what we really are. Finding a product that works well for our skin is always really hard however, Dermal Therapy has created a NEW Anti-Ageing Hand Balm to assist our hands to look visibly younger. Formulated with Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, a unique plant based ingredient that helps to improve skin elasticity as well as lighten age spots and pigmentation. Dermal Therapy Anti-Ageing Hand Balm is also designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles as well as moisturise and protect the skin from the sun with added SPF 15. (The great thing is it can also be used on the face and other parts of the body.)