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Winter skincare

Tuesday 5th November

Your skin can suffer in winter as well as summer.  These self-help solutions will help you beat dryness caused by the winter weather and leave your skin feeling soft and soothed.

No matter how well you wrap up, cold winds and plummeting temperatures strip your skin of its natural moisture, which can leave it feeling dry, flaky and sore.

“You probably don’t realise how often you flit between hot and cold environments during the winter months – from warm buses to the freezing outdoors, then into centrally-heated homes or offices,” says Nina Goad at the British Association of Dermatologists. “This causes your blood vessels to rapidly change size, which can leave you looking flushed and your skin feeling taut and weather beaten.”

To add to this, conditions like eczema and psoriasis (LINK to Psoriasis article) often flare up in the colder months making our skin desperate for some TLC.  As the body’s largest organ it not only protects you from the environment, but also regulates body temperature and helps fight off infection, so it is important to look after your skin.

Your winter skin survival guide

If the problem doesn’t clear up, or is interfering with your daily life, Nina recommends seeing your GP. Eczema affects about one in 12 adults and one in five children in the UK, and two per cent of the population have psoriasis. “Your doctor will be able to diagnose if you have dry skin condition like eczema and give expert advice on the best treatment to control your symptoms,” Nina says.

Further information

The British Association of Dermatologists has a number of patient information leaflets available to download in pdf format.

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