With cold temperatures outside and central heating up to the max, chapped lips, sore red patches and flaky skin is for some a daily occurrence during winter months.
What actually happens to our skin in cold weather?
Dry skin is especially common in the winter months, when the humidity level outside drops. When the air outside is cold and dry, the water in your skin evaporates more quickly; this makes your skin feel dry and tight and makes it look flaky. Central heating can add to the dryness making skin sore, red and chapped, particularly noticeable with lips. If your skin has got really dry and damaged, you might find that everything you put on it stings. Lips can be the first part of the face to show an adverse reaction to cold weather, so use them as your early warning system. If your lips feel dry and damaged, treat them and start preventative measures for the rest of your face. You might well see an increase in fine lines around the eye area too as the skin around the eyes is thinner by comparison, so more sensitive to harsh weather conditions. Because the cheeks are exposed, they are also susceptible to cold weather damage too, especially if sun is also a factor so always wear high-factor sun protection.
Moisturising will help dry, inflamed skin providing the products you choose are right for your skin type, otherwise it can lead to different problems. It's important however, to ensure your skin feels protected all year round, not just in the winter months!
What product should I use?
pamperbanana's recommendation is to use Environ Super Moisturiser, a special moisturising cream formulated to help relieve dry skin conditions by regulating the skins natural moisture levels and replenishing its moisture barrier.
If you're interested in finding out more information on how best to protect your skin this winter, please call the spa and we can book you in for a skin consultation; we look forward to hearing from you!