As the seasons change from slightly warm, to freezing cold, you’ll probably start to notice changes to your skin – although this does depend on your skin type. During the autumn and winter months many people develop dry, itchy, rough and flaky skin when it becomes colder. There are many reasons why your skin suffers and becomes irritable in winter, so let’s take a look at why your skin may be suffering.
The Harsh Wind
The wind can strip your skin of natural lipids, therefore allowing your skin to dry out. You can protect yourself easily enough by wearing hats and scarves to cover up parts of your skin – this will certainly keep you warm and comfortable! Sun cream can also help to protect you from the rays of the sun and keeping your skin moisturised.
The Cold Air – Brr!
Cold air can seriously dry your skin out, why? Well, it’s simply because cold air contains less moisture than warm air. This can cause areas to become rough and dry – even itchy! So again, try to keep covered up and keep your skin moisturised.
Too Many Hot Baths/Showers
Having a steaming hot or shower can be certainly attractive in the winter; however, too much heat can actually be detrimental to your skin’s health. Instead of being tempted into fiery waters, stick to warm water and don’t stay in too long! We know it feels nice now, but when your skin starts to itch, it really won’t be pleasant. Be careful about the products that you choose as strong chemicals found in some bath products can dry out your skin too.
Indulging in Too Much Heat!
We’ve mentioned that the cold can be damaging to your skin, but so can too much heat – especially the artificial heat of central heating. The air in your home can become very dry due the lack of moisture in the air. You can improve the quantity of moisture in the air by using a humidifier – especially whilst you sleep.
The Sneaky Sun!
We’re all aware of the dangers of the summer sun, but the same sun is still there in winter and it can be just a damaging. It’s a subtle danger in the winter as you can’t usually feel the heat (unless it’s a freaky winter – we wouldn’t put it past England’s weather system!) but the UV rays are still present, therefore your skin can still become damaged. Use sunscreen, or creams that contain some, to ensure that you are protected. If you plan on going skiing this winter it’s important to remember this:Your lips are the area that is likely to suffer the most.
So, we’re not saying don’t wear any clothes – that would be damaging to your skin! What we’re saying is that woolly jumpers often leave people with itchy skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. Scarves, hats and gloves are imperative for winter wear, however many people fail to wash them very often. These items touch your skin a lot, and therefore become covered in sweat and bacteria. Wearing them too often without washing can cause your pores to become clogged, causing outbreaks of spots!
These are a few reasons why your skin suffers in the winter time – becoming dry, itchy, flaky and sensitive. So take all the methods necessary to protect your skin and update your skin care regime accordingly!
Here at Skin Station we provide an incredible range of skincare products, including the highly recommended Obagi Clenziderm, so take a look at our collection and see how we can help you to have the most beautiful skin throughout the year. For more information, please get in contact by phoning 01481 736699!