Dry skin can be challenging, especially in colder months when low temperatures can really irritate your skin. Here are some tips to help you manage your dry skin over the winter period.
Hydration is Key
Proper hydration is the best way of avoiding or managing dry skin. When our skin lacks moisture, small cracks appear that can leads to increased irritation. Think of it like a brick wall: if the mortar between the bricks- your cells- starts to crack, the wall will get weaker. This happens to our skin without hydration.
Use a high-quality moisturiser often, especially when the weather is cold. This will help to maintain your skins barrier function, and help prevent dryness and irritation. Look for moisturisers that are specifically designed for sensitive skin; they should be free from common irritants such as fragrance and colour, and they should also be dermatologically tested.
How our skin is cleansed goes a long way to ensuring it is in its best possible shape. Avoid the use of soap, and opt instead for soap-free cleansers that will not dry your skin out or further irritate it.
Our skin naturally has a slightly acidic pH of around 4-5, whereas soap has a highly alkaline pH of about 10, which can disrupt the skin barrier, causing it to dry out further.
As with moisturisers, look for cleansers that are also designed for sensitive skin, and free from common irritants.
Remember that the sun can be just as damaging to our skin the winter
It might sound odd, but the sun can pose just as much risk to our skin during the winter as it does during the hot summer months. UV radiation can still be quite strong, even on cold days, so it is important to protect your skin whenever you are outside.
Try to get into the habit of using sunscreen daily, especially high SPF products. Some sunscreens even come with moisturising ingredients such as vitamin B3, so you can also keep your skin hydrated while protecting it from the sun’s harmful UV rays.