Many common skin conditions can be aggravated in the Winter. Protect eczema, rosacea and psoriasis from the festive season with our quick tips.
Changes in temperature can cause your skin to feel itchy, whether it’s the change from the cold outside to your warm house, or even just as you get undressed at night.
Try to regulate your temperature as much as you can. Keep your house a consistent warm, but not hot, temperature. Sleep under layers instead of one thick duvet, so you can adjust them as needed. Keep baths and showers warm, rather than hot, and avoid sitting too close to a heater or fire. Ditching the hot-cold cycle will help your skin avoid the scratchy feeling.
The cold temperature makes the outside air dry, and as we match the cold by turning up the heat inside, the air in our homes and offices is dry too.
Many find that a humidifier, or even just a bowl of water in each room, helps to keep some moisture in the air, and avoids the dreaded parched skin feeling.
It might sound strange, but the clothing you wear during winter might also be making your skin worse. Wool in hats, scarves and gloves can be scratchy, and for those who find chromate is an irritate, leather gloves can also be a trigger.
For women, cotton tights can be kinder to eczema on the legs. Shop around for the right gloves for you, or wear silk gloves under the wool or leather pair. Try and keep layers light, so you can regulate your temperature better.
Don’t give up your skincare regime. When you get out the shower to a cold bathroom, it can be tempting to just scurry back to the bedroom and get dressed as fast as possible, but don’t be tempted to skip your moisturiser or any topical treatments you use.