If you’re someone with eczema, you’ll know that winter can be the worst season for flare-ups.
Eczema is a common skin condition that causes dry, patchy and itchy skin.
Usually in summer, thanks to the natural sunlight, eczema sufferers will feel some relief – but winter is another story.
According to Dr Martin Nimmo, leading aesthetician and founder of The Nimmo Clinic, this is down to the drier air.
‘Eczema tends to get worse in winter as the skin struggles to stay hydrated due to indoor heating and drier air,’ he says.
The lack of humidity combined with central heating leads to water loss, making your skin more likely to be drier and itchier.
At this time of year, it’s important to look after your skin, especially if you want to avoid eczema flare-ups.
Dr Nimmo recommends staying well hydrated – ‘which may mean keeping an eye on the alcohol intake over the party season,’ he says – making sure you have adequate Vitamin D by supplementing it throughout the colder months and avoiding heating up the skin excessively, like in a sauna or a long, hot bath.
There are also a number of products and treatments that can be used to protect your skin throughout winter.
Dr Kathy Taghipour, consultant dermatologist at DermConsult, has recommended some of the best kinds of products for treating eczema in winter.
Change up your cleanser
‘One way to prevent this from damaging your skin is by swapping your light cleanser for something more hydrating.
‘We recommend micellar cleansing water as this can help to instantly hydrate dry while supporting your skin’s barrier from the damaging effects of the cold weather.
‘Alternatively, try a rinse-off cleanser, as this will help wash away dead skin cells, without leaving skin feeling tight or dry.’
Add in a booster
‘Try adding a booster.
‘Hydrating Boosters which include plant extracts are a great way to help increase your skin’s hydration levels.’
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise
‘Adding a richer moisturiser to your routine is another effective way to prepare your skin for the winter. Balms, oils, and creams are perfect for keeping your dry skin happy.’
Opt for skincare super-ingredients
‘Use products rich with skincare super-ingredients like vitamin C which will brighten up and re-energise your skin, whilst hyaluronic acid adds instant hydration.
‘Hyaluronic acid can also be found primarily in masks and creams, but we recommended you use it in serum form.’
Use essential oils
‘People with sensitive skin, dealing with conditions such as psoriasis or eczema, might experience a burning sensation from a change in temperature.
‘Use essential oils with elastin and collagen to speed up the recovery process.
‘Aloe and thicker creams are also great for hydrating skin suffering from these conditions.’
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