Care for skin in winter

For many the cold, clear days of autumn and winter can bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. For around half the population this time of year can also bring dryness and triggers for skin prone to conditions such as eczema, seborrhoeic dermatitis, rosacea and acne.

TURN DOWN THE HEAT FOR ECZEMA

Skin conditions, such as eczema, may worsen due to extreme changes in temperature such as overuse of central heating during the winter months. By keeping the thermostat as constant as possible, you may also help keep skin symptoms under control. Most importantly look after your dry skin with a good quality moisturiser that can not only tame flare ups but also keep your skin feeling soft and smooth over this season. Remember, while you should manage your eczema flare ups, treatments, for example topical steroids, should only be used in short bursts. My other top tips include drinking lots of water and wearing loose clothing and cotton pyjamas.

If you have eczema-prone skin and are looking for an alternative, or something to use alongside medical treatment, then SEQuaderma Red Dry Itchy Skin serum is perfect for you. The patented nanotechnology makes sure pure water enters right into the skin. You can use this serum together with your usual moisturiser. Make sure you apply this product with long smooth strokes but don’t rub it in, but allow it to soak into the skin.

FLUSH AWAY SEBUM FOR SEBORRHOEIC DERMATITIS

Seborrhoeic dermatitis, often mistaken for eczema, is caused by a sensitivity to the yeast malassezia. The condition can cause dry, red, irritated or flaky patches on the skin. For those who have oily skin, symptoms may also include greasy and yellowish scales.

SEQuaderma Red Irritated Skin can be applied to the affected areas, often face and scalp. This effective serum reduces the amount of sebum on the skin by improving the lymph function. The sebum is the nutrition source for malassezia, so reduction of excess sebum improves the symptoms and helps prevent symptom recurrence.

BE COOL FOR ROSACEA

Heat is a well-known trigger for rosacea, and so try to keep cool, or at least avoid over-warm central heating. Often wrongly mistaken as a flush after drinking alcohol, rosacea is actually a skin condition with many symptoms, including flushing and redness of the face. One of the factors believed to contribute to the redness is a build-up of toxins in facial skin due to poor lymph drainage. SEQuaderma Redness Prone Skin helps your body flush away these toxins, as well as send pure water deep into the skin. This serum can be used long-term to treat flushing and background redness, and you should also avoid oily cosmetics and soap-based face washes as these products can cause flare ups.

SIMPLE ROUTINES BEST FOR ACNE

Acne is another skin condition that can worsen and flare up over the colder months. Your daily routine to keep acne under control should include washing with an acne facewash and lukewarm water, and a light moisturiser. You should always avoid overusing products or using too much make-up to cover up breakouts, as this will increase irritation and sebum production, the cause of spots. SEQuaderma Acne Prone Skin can also help by reducing excess sebum. It clears up spots and can reduce the spread of the acne-causing bacteria.

MOISTURISE TO KEEP YOUNG LOOKING

The autumn and winter weather can play havoc on even the healthiest of skin, often leaving it feeling dry, and exacerbating the common signs of ageing. No-one can turn back the clock but beauty products can plump and tone the skin to reduce some of the tell-tale signs. The SEQuaderma serum for Ageing and Thinning skin is proven to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as improve skin tone and elasticity. In addition, richer moisturisers may be needed during the winter against the drying effects of the harsh conditions.

As we age our skin becomes thinner so there are certain things to avoid, such as harsh detergents, soaps or heavily perfumed cleansers and moisturisers. You should also avoid super-hot baths or showers, no matter how tempting, as the hot water will strip away layers of the skin. Also consider sleeping on your back, or swapping your winter pillow case for silk, to prevent skin creasing overnight which can lead to wrinkles.

RELAX AND DE-STRESS IS THE KEY SKIN SECRET

As a dermatology nurse I see many patients over autumn and winter experiencing breakouts. These are often due not only to the unpredictable weather, constantly moving between hot and cold environments, but also stress, sometimes associated with the impending festive season. Stress leads to skin conditions becoming inflamed and can trigger breakouts. A daily routine to look after your skin, with advice from your pharmacist on how to manage your symptoms, and making sure you take some time out to relax are especially important over the winter season.

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By JULIE VAN ONSELEN Independent Dermatology Nurse and Educator