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Top Tips for Winter Skincare

As the weather gets colder and wetter, it can have a significant effect on our skin. The impact of winter weather can be particularly bad if you suffer from dry skin or a condition such as eczema or psoriasis which can be exacerbated by the cold. If you notice your symptoms flaring up, you can always consult your dermatologist in London, but it can also be a good idea to take a look at your skincare routine. Here are some simple tips to help you to take better care of your skin in winter.
 

Your Winter Skincare Routine

The colder winter weather can damage your skin in different ways to the summer sun, so it can be a good idea to adapt your skincare routine as the seasons change. Although sun damage can still happen at this time of year, it isn’t as strong as in the summer. The main problems to watch out for in winter are the drier air and lower temperatures, which can cause dry skin, cracked lips and flare ups of conditions such as eczema. Your winter skincare routine can help to protect your skin against these issues.
 
Cleansing and moisturising your skin twice a day is important all year, but there are a few extra things that you can do to help to protect your skin in winter:
  • Skin can dry out more easily in winter, thanks to the combination of cold air outside and central heating inside. Make sure you moisturise every day to keep your skin hydrated, especially if you’re being treated by a dermatologist at the London clinic for a condition like eczema.
  • You might need to exfoliate less often in winter. Too much scrubbing could make your skin drier by removing the natural oils that protect it.
  • Don’t forget to moisturise your body as well as your face. It can protect your skin against dryness and rubbing against the bulkier clothing we wear in winter.
  • Remember to keep drinking plenty of water. Although you might feel less thirsty in colder weather, it’s still essential for your skin and general health to stay properly hydrated.

Sun Protection in Winter

Wearing sunscreen might seem unnecessary in winter as your skin isn’t at risk of burning as long as you are in the UK. However, using a sunscreen or moisturiser with an SPF of at least 15 can still be a good idea. It can protect your skin against the invisible UV damage that can gradually cause problems such as actinic keratoses and skin cancer. It is much better to prevent these problems before they require treatment by a dermatologist in London. It is important to keep protecting your skin throughout the year, so make sure that you are wearing sunscreen, especially if you’re spending a lot of time outside. It is also important to be aware that the sun could be stronger if you are travelling overseas. Make sure that you use a stronger sunscreen and protect your skin if you are going skiing or visiting a warmer climate for some winter sun.

 

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