is cold weather causing your sensitive skin?
As the winter season approaches, it's essential to pay special attention to sensitive skin. Aveeno's recent report revealed that a substantial 71% of adults have sensitive skin, and this concern becomes even more pronounced in the cold, dry months. Here, we'll provide practical tips for maintaining healthy skin throughout the winter.
Sensitive Skin symptoms
Your skin can become sensitive when environmental factors disrupt the skin's normal function. Autumn and Winter weather, with their cold winds and low humidity, are a common triggers for skin sensitisation and can manifest with discomforting symptoms such as:
cold weather Challenges for Sensitive Skin
During cooler months, the environmental conditions can exacerbate sensitivity. Cold temperatures, low humidity, and strong winds can strip the skin of its natural moisture, leading to increased dryness and potential irritation. In addition, the contrast between the cold outdoors and heated, dry indoor environments can further stress the skin.
Protecting Your Sensitive Skin During Winter
- Gentle routines - Opt for a mild, hydrating cleanser to cleanse your face. Harsh or overly astringent cleansers can exacerbate dryness and irritation. Follow up with a fragrance-free moisturiser, like our Mattifying Barrier Moisturiser. With its gel texture, its a great option for oily skin types and can be layered under thicker creams during the winter.
- Extra moisturisation - Consider switching to a richer, emollient-based moisturizer to combat dryness. Look for products with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, which help lock in moisture.
- Barrier protection - Use a protective, emollient-rich balm or ointment on particularly sensitive areas, such as the cheeks and lips, before heading out into the cold. This creates a barrier against the elements.
- Sun protection - Don't forget to apply SPF, even in winter. The sun's rays can still be harmful, and snow can reflect UV radiation.
- Humidify your environment - Use a humidifier indoors to combat the dryness caused by heating systems. This can help maintain a more comfortable indoor atmosphere for your skin.
- Avoid hot showers - While tempting in cold weather, hot showers can strip your skin of its natural oils. Opt for lukewarm water and shorter shower times.
- Stay Hydrated Stay Hydrated - Drink plenty of water to ensure your skin stays hydrated from the inside out.
By understanding the specific needs of your sensitive skin during the winter and taking these precautions, you can help maintain a healthy, comfortable complexion even in the harshest of conditions.
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