IF you’re out and about this weekend take care in Sunday’s harsh winds, which could be hard on the face.
Consultant dermatologist and British Skin Foundation trustee Dr Bav Shergill says at this time of the year our body is exposed to harsh changes.
The blood vessels in the skin change rapidly to cope with fluctuating temperatures which can leave skin looking flushed, red and weather beaten.
And wind, rain, central heating and soggy clothing can all irritate the skin.
His seven tips are to be still be smiling on Monday morning are:
- Regularly apply moisturisers and lip salves to help replenish
- lost moisture. All skin types benefit from a moisturiser this is one of the best and simplest ways to combat the winter effects on skin.
- Avoid harsh, alcohol-based cleansers and soaps. Stay away from cleaning products that contain alcohol and go easy on the exfoliation.
- Protect skin with warm clothing – scarf, hat and, yes, gloves – while outside. If your clothes get wet in rain make sure you change into something dry as soon as possible. Leaving wet clothes in contact with your skin which may cause further irritation or chaffing.
- While it’s natural to want to stay warm indoors, even central heating can affect our skin. The drier air in centrally heated buildings means skin can dry out, so try not to turn the thermostat up to the max.
- Avoid the temptation to have a long hot bath after getting cold, as this can strip away much needed natural oil from the skin. Try and shorten the length of time and remember to keep the water temperature warm rather than hot.
- Apply a moisturiser to skin straight after a bath or shower while the skin is still slightly damp. Drying your skin vigorously with a towel can damage it, so pat dry and don’t rub.
- Be careful with the kinds of clothes you wear. Some materials may irritate skin and cause flare-ups.
The British Skin Foundation is the only UK charity dedicated to raising funds for skin disease and skin cancer research. It pays for research into cures for common skin problems like eczema and acne through to potential killers like malignant melanoma.
This year the foundation is 20 years old – it has raised £15 million to fund research projects since 1996. Further details here