The cold, dry air and decreased sunlight all contribute to worsening psoriasis. Keep warm and moist with humidifiers and moisturisers to keep the condition under control.
If you notice that your skin has changed in any way with the change of season, be sure to discuss this with your skin care practitioner. We often have to tweak doses or change the frequency of certain products and see what needs to be added or removed from your regular routine.
Also known as vitamin A; many people apply retinoids topically to encourage skin turnover and keep the skin healthy and smooth. Please contact your skin care practitioner for instructions on how to change your routine in winter as retinoids could leave you feeling drier and more sensitive.
S: SENSITIVE SKIN
Sensitive skin always gets worse in winter. In my practice I have often witnessed how hydrating with a lipid-based moisturiser with anti-inflammatory properties often completely cures sensitive skin.
Change of season is always a good time to detox. We build up so many toxins throughout the year, which all contribute to dull skin, puffy dark eyes, acne, pigmentation and many other ailments. Detoxing twice a year is the least we can do to give our livers a break.
U: UV RAYS
Many people don’t realise that most UV rays travel right through clouds and cause the same damage they would do in summer. Don’t neglect a daily sunscreen in winter!
Every vitamin has some benefit for skin changes of winter. Be sure to be on a good, naturally-sourced, comprehensive multivitamin throughout the year.
The best way to beat dehydration is to drink pure water! Natural spring water is best but bottled water will do if that isn’t accessible. The recommendation is still eight glasses a day of pure water, and no, coffee doesn’t count!
The stellar summer exercise routine often takes a knock as the temperature plummets, but did you know that your skin suffers from too little exercise too? Increased circulation and oxygen delivery to cells ensures cell detoxification and a healthy glow, and by reducing stress hormones, many inflammatory skin conditions can be treated with exercise.
Yoga is a great way to exercise indoors in winter and has so many benefits for skin. Specific poses assist with increased circulation to the face, promoting healing and collagen synthesis. Yoga also helps to detox the entire body and, don’t forget, being toned helps us look good too!
Acne can definitely worsen during winter because, as discussed, skin is drier and less able to act as a defence against bad bugs. People often think that moisturisers worsen acne but in winter they are immensely helpful in treating acne and preventing scarring.