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Ask Our Dermatologist: Dry Patches

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  Between the icy weather nipping your nose, central heating blasting into the office, and a little overindulgence at all those parties, the festive season can play havoc with your skin. Even those of us that are blessed with naturally glowing, hydrated skin can struggle to avoid dry, flaky patches in the cold weather. We all know that carrying a tube of hand cream and a pot of lip balm can be a lifesaver in the winter, but how many of us remember to change our skin routine with the changing seasons? Our expert dermatologist has rounded up five simple ways that you can look after your skin in the cold weather, so you always look your best as you navigate the demands of the social festive season.

Avoid Harsh Products

Even if you wouldn’t usually consider yourself to have sensitive skin, the dramatic temperature changes between the outside and indoors in the winter can make even the most robust complexion a little delicate. If you usually use a cleanser with harsh ingredients for targeting problem skin, you might want to switch out your usual formula for one that is gentler. Soap (and some cleansers) can dry the skin out, making the damage caused by the winter weather worse, and leaving you with dry flaky patches. If your skin feels tight and dry after you wash it, stick to a mild cleanser that will leave your skin feeling fresh and smooth, without removing essential moisture. Not only will your skin feel soothed, but your foundation will sit better, ensuring you look your best from dawn til dusk.

Dry Skin Thoroughly

When you’re in a rush, it can be tempting to give your face a quick rub, and leave it damp as you run out the door. Or perhaps you reason that leaving a little dampness will increase the moisture on your face, preventing the tight feeling that skin sometimes gets after washing. Both of these things are making your skin feel more irritable in the long run, however, as the water will evaporate and leave your skin even drier than before! To prevent dry patches, pat your face thoroughly with a soft cloth to make sure that your skin is completely dry, and try to avoid irritation.

Use Warm Water to Lock in Natural Oils

Coming home after a long, cold day and relaxing in a hot shower is a great feeling, but if you’re struggling with dry patches it probably isn’t helping your skin. Long showers and hot water both strip the natural oils out of the skin, leaving it feeling tight and dry. If this is part of your daily routine, it can quickly lead to uncomfortable dry patches, especially on your face. Rather than forgoing your restorative shower completely, turn the temperature down a little and try not to spend more than ten minutes in there. It will be enough to relax you and warm you right through, without leaving your skin dry, flaky and painful.

Choose the Right Moisturiser 

Most people include a moisturiser in their routine, but how many of us change our moisturiser to reflect our skin’s changing needs throughout the year? If you are prone to dry flaky skin in the winter, it can be a good idea to invest in a richer moisturiser that will hydrate the skin more fully. You may also wish to consider adding a facial oil to your routine, as this can help to target dry patches without overloading your skin. Just as with hand cream, pop a small moisturiser in your bag to rehydrate flaky and dry areas throughout the day!

Keep Hydrated

Healthy insides mean healthy outsides, as anyone who develops a blemish the second they even look at chocolate will be able to tell you. This also applies to hydration, and drinking plenty of water throughout the day is a key way to make sure that your skin stays hydrated and healthy looking. So, if your skin is feeling unusually dry, make sure you’re drinking six to eight glasses of water a day, as well as plenty of moisture-rich foods.
    If you follow these simple tips from our expert dermatologist, your skin should soon be glowing, healthy and free of dry patches. If you need to boost your skincare routine for the harsh winter months, browse Vivderma’s full range of dermatologist-approved clinical solutions over on our homepage or call us today on 01484 538 967.

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