Looking after your skin during winter
As the colder months arrive humidity departs
and this often leads to dry, itchy skin. Sometimes this is referred to as
“Winter Itch”. While it may seem hard to
keep the skin hydrated in these months it is far from impossible. Below are our
top tips for keeping your skin hydrated during the dryer months.
Avoid long baths or showers in excessively
hot water- Over washing in heated water can strip the skin of its natural oils.
Opt for quicker lukewarm showers and baths to protect your skin.
Avoid soap where possible - as
with hot water, the chemicals in soap strip the skin of its natural protective oils.
Choose mild, natural, pH Balanced and fragrance-free washes or soap substitutes.
Moisturise- Moisturisers help
maintain the existing oils in the skin. By moisturising immediately after bathing
you help supplement the natural oils within your skin. Choose creams and
ointments before lotions – they last longer. You can speak to your pharmacists
about the best option for you.
Consider a humidifier- Adding moisture
to your local environment will give you that extra advantage in avoiding dry,
serious symptoms such as cracking, weeping and oozing and extreme itchiness may
need additional treatment. Ask your pharmacist or consider a visit to your GP.