In winter, we find our skin struggles more than usual. The cold weather and wind causes our skin to dry out, become flaky, or even make our skin conditions, such as eczema, worse. To help you put your best foot, (or face!) forward, we’ve collected some tips for you on how to treat the 10 most common skincare conditions during the winter months. With these tips, you’ll also find our favourite winter skincare essentials.
The one skincare condition that almost everyone has had to deal with at some point, is acne. Acne turns up on our face during puberty, but for some, it continues to appear every once in a while. We get insecure and try to cover it up with layers of foundation or concealer, only making it worse! The best ingredients to use for combatting acne are benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alpha-hydroxy acids, retinol, tea tree oil, and sulfur. Obagi Clenziderm Daily Care Foaming Cleanser uses 2% salicylic acid, which removes excess oil and leaves the skin feeling clean and refreshed. Another product that uses 2% salicylic acid to reduce acne, is the Dr. Dennis Gross Breakout Clearing Gel. The product also includes retinol and niacinamide to soothe any redness and calm inflammation.
Eczema is a skin condition that causes dry and itchy patches, mostly around the elbows, knees, hands, and face. To avoid eczema flare ups on your face, avoid using fragranced products as this can often be an irritant for sensitive complexions. A product that works effectively against eczema is the SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque. The mask has been created especially for sensitive skin and will soothe and calm the skin when irritated.
3. Chapped lips
Cold and dry weather causes our lips to chap. This can be very painful! If you are looking for ways to prevent or fix chapped lips, a lip balm can work magic! During the cold winter months, it’s important to keep your lips hydrated. The Dr. Barbara Sturm Lip Balm is perfect for keeping your lips hydrated and prevent them from chapping.
As with a sunburn in summer, you can also burn your face in the winter, which is called a windburn. The cold, windy air can cause redness of the skin, which feels like a burn. You can prevent a windburn by protecting your face from the wind with a large scarf or by keeping your skin thoroughly hydrated. With the SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel, you can hydrate, soothe and brighten your skin. The gel contains a natural humectant that hydrates the skin and retains moisture.
5. Dry hands and feet
Everybody knows the feeling of dry hands and feet during winter. To keep your hands moisturised throughout winter, you can use a hand lotion that hydrates the skin. The same applies if you’re struggling with dry feet. Simply use a lotion or cream that hydrates your feet and keeps them moisturised, like the Dr Barbara Sturm Hand Cream.
Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes red, itchy scaly patches, most commonly on the knees, elbows, trunk, and scalp. Psoriasis is a long-term skin condition that is difficult to treat or cure. Steroid creams are used to treat mild symptoms of psoriasis. But in general, it’s important to keep the skin hydrated to prevent psoriasis as much as possible. Obagi Hydrate is a very effective product and loved by many people with its long-lasting hydration that is ideal for dry skin.
Cold urticaria is caused by cold weather and is therefore a common skincare condition during the winter. Similar to sun allergies, it is also possible to be allergic to the cold. It is not a very common skin condition, thankfully, but still, there are about 30,000 people in the UK who suffer from cold urticaria. When the symptoms are severe, it’s best to protect yourself from the cold as much as you can. If you’re looking for a skincare product that will protect your skin and helps to repair damaged skin, the iS Clinical Sheald Recovery Balm is the perfect solution.
A skin condition that can occur any time around the year, is rosacea. Rosacea causes your skin to flare up drastically. This skin condition causes flushing and redness of the skin. At Skinstation, we have a Rosacea skincare range that consists of products that reduce the redness of the skin and calm any inflammation.
9. UV damage
It is not only in summer but also in the winter important to protect your skin from UV radiation. Even though it might not be 30 degrees with a lot of sunshine, your skin can still experience UV damage. Always use an SPF each day, or alternatively a moisturiser with SPF to prevent your skin from being damaged by the sun. The MZ Skin moisturiser has SPF 30 added to it, which ensures the skin to be safeguarded from the sun.
10. Winter itch
A winter itch is also known as dry skin, which is caused by dry air in the winter. When someone has a winter itch, the skin doesn’t appear patchy and a rash doesn’t show. The skin will be, however, slightly dry. To make sure you won’t suffer from a winter itch, it is important to keep the skin hydrated. Apply your daily moisturiser, such as the Dr Barbara Sturm Anti-Ageing Body Cream, every morning to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.