During the winter season, our skin is exposed to the harsh and drying effects of the cold, windy weather, and dry, indoor air-conditioning, electric blankets and hot showers. When your skin is affected by these conditions, it needs extra care and attention. With exposure to damaging, dehydrating conditions, we can suffer from an impaired barrier function in the outer layer of the skin. Your skin’s barrier is made up of naturally occurring oils and water . During the cooler months, we are exposed to conditions that damage this important barrier. When your skin’s barrier is not in tact, Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL) occurs, resulting in dry, itchy, flaky, irritated skin.
1. Avoid Damaging your skin
- Avoid long, hot showers and opt for a warm temperature instead.
- Air-conditioning and heating tend to draw the moisture from our body and lipids from our skin. Be aware of this and use the following tips to combat these effects.
- Dry skin, eczema, and psoriasis prone skin can be extra sensitive during the winter months and take extra care.
- Remember to wear sunscreen to avoid UVA and UVB rays which damage the skin… even if the sun doesn’t have its usual “bite”.
2. Stay hydrated
- Remember to drink water!
- Water carries nutrients around the body (and to your skin cells), plays a role in detoxifying the body and skin, assists the enzymatic reactions in the skin that help our skin cells to desquamate naturally.
- A helpful formula to calculate how much water we should be drinking is to drink a minimum of 33ml per 1kg of body weight, and add more if exercising!
- Reduce or eliminate your coffee, tea and alcohol intake as these are diuretics which also draw water from the body.
3. Increase Healthy Essential Fatty Acids in your diet
- Healthy fats play an incredibly important role in producing healthy skin and essential fatty acids are the building blocks to healthy skin cells.
- Some sources of important essential fatty acids include Avocados, Flaxseed oil, Olive oil and coconut oil. You can add these oils when cooking, dressing salads, adding to smoothies, or porridge and soups in winter.
- Omega 3’s are important for your skin and are found commonly in good quality seafood such as sustainably or wild caught Salmon or Mackerel. Omega 3’s are an essential fatty acid that the body cannot naturally produce.
- Practitioner-only fish oil supplements are scanned for heavy metals, purity and plastic contamination.
4. Nourish Your Skin & Protect Your Skin’s Barrier with Dermaviduals
- Introduce Body Lotion in to your skin care routine. It is free of emulsifiers, rich in vitamin E, jojoba oil and shea butter. Perfect for application after your shower and is a rich formula but does not leave any greasy film on the skin.
- Oleogel Plus – Winter Skin Survival in a jar! Oleogel does not contain any water and is perfect for melting into the skin to provide essential lipids to maintain the skin’s water content and optimal skin health. This amazing product combats impaired skin barriers, dry lips, cracked heels, dry elbows, cracked nipples, cradle cap and is a great night mask for lips dry skins / hands, barrier protection from wind burn and assists AND accelerates wound healing.
- Lip Balm hydrates and provides protection to repair dry, cracked lips and maintain healthy lips. Incorporate the application for lip balm, into your night time routine and let the product work it’s magic overnight!
- Other nourishing oils for your skin are avocado and kiwi oil which can be added to your customised serum or base cream moisturiser!
Enjoy the extra TLC your skin is asking for this winter… and focus on nourishing, restoring and protecting your skin’s barrier!