The FROSTY air, the noisy houses and the chaotic weather – our skin has a hard time going through the winter.
It’s no surprise that 74% of us are facing head-to-toe skin problems, according to an exclusive Fabulous Instagram poll.
Along with the common yearly worry – dry hands caused by the weather – many of you are battling other issues, with 67% reporting body acne, also known as back acne. or butt acne.
For the ultimate guide to winter skin care, SIOBHAN O’CONNOR talks to industry experts who share their tips and advice.
Vaseline won’t fix chapped lips
Q) My lips are sore, red and chapped. I’ve been applying Vaseline daily, which helps a bit, but how can I remove it completely?
Helen, Bedlington, Northumb
A) Low humidity in winter makes our lips harder to nourish and 72% of us suffer from dry lips.
Beauty expert Katie Onyejekwe says: ‘Lips tend to get dry because they don’t have sebaceous glands – responsible for secreting the skin’s natural oils – to retain moisture.
“Vaseline has a temporary pleasant feeling because it is very good at forming a protective barrier on the skin to prevent water from escaping, but it is neither moisturizing nor very nourishing, so they have the potential to capacity will be cracked.
“Look for products that contain a mix of humectants, emollients, and emollients. Humectants like hyaluronic acid attract and hold water, occlusives like kerosene provide a protective layer to prevent water loss, and emollients like jojoba oil soften and smooth the skin. ”
- Try La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 soothing restorative lotion, £7.50, lookfantastic.com – BUY NOW
Steam in a water bath with an oil pan using a radiator
Q) My skin is flaky, looks dry and feels tight. I even started noticing more wrinkles. What can I do that is affordable?
A) Japanese scientists found that the faces of people living at 10% humidity were stiffer, with thicker skin folds, than those of people at 80% humidity, supporting the hypothesis that humidity Low humidity can speed up the formation of wrinkles.
Facialist Lisa Harris, whose celebrity clients include Ruth Langsford and Lizzie Cundy, says: “Putting a bowl of essential oil in the room will help remove dry air and keep skin from drying out.
“Use relaxing scents like lavender and place it next to a radiator to create your own humidity. This will help keep it moist, but be aware that they are not recommended while pregnant or breastfeeding.
“For a festive scent, add a sliced orange, cinnamon stick, and nutmeg to a pan of water – over low heat and to moisten the room.”
- Try Neal’s Yard Lavender Oil, £9.50, nealsyardremedies.com – BUY NOW
Best warm baths for itching
Q) I HAVE DRY skin but now it becomes uncontrollably itchy, very uncomfortable and painful. Is it eczema?
A) Itchy skin tends to stem from eczema, but that’s not the only reason, says Dr. Ophelia Veraitch.
L’Oreal Paris dermatologist adds: “There are several different types of eczema but the best known is atopic dermatitis, which can make skin dry, itchy and inflamed.
“It usually involves small fluid-filled bumps that break open when scratched and can lead to infection.
“Many people with eczema find that they can experience flare-ups during the winter. This mainly stems from transepidermal water loss or dehydration of skin cells.
“Other skin conditions that can lead to dry, sensitive, and itchy skin include psoriasis and rosacea.
“Use warm water for your body and face and try a soap-free cleanser, these are better for the skin. If the skin becomes infected due to itching and breaks off, see a doctor.”
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Keep your hands free of perfume
Q) My dry cracked hands sometimes bleed. What can I do?
A) Stay away from scents. Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme, skin specialist and medical director at Adonia Medical Clinic in West London, says: “Use a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser on your hands and apply an emollient hand cream.
“Scented moisturizers and cleansers can further irritate a damaged skin barrier. For extra lustful hands, give them a deep moisturizing session by applying a glove mask at night.”
“What you eat keeps your skin barrier strong, so stick to healthy fats that contain Omega 3 and 9 fatty acids, including olive oil, flaxseed and fatty fish like salmon”.
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Never scrub the skin of the buttocks and body
Q) I have acne-like bumps on and under my butt. I’ve tried scrubs but they won’t budge. What can I do?
Teresa, Basingstoke, Hants
A) Sitting for long periods of time can cause friction and irritation, leading to folliculitis or folliculitis, says Joanne Rendell, therapist at skincare website The Skin Experts. She added: “Too much booty on a chair can lead to butts.
“If your job requires you to sit, get up often during the day. Instead of using an exfoliator to get rid of bumps, break up congestion with the Medik8 Blemish Control pad, which is pre-soaked in salicylic acid to dissolve oil and dirt deep in pores.
“The alcohol-free formula fights dryness and helps maintain your skin’s natural moisture balance.
“Use after cleansing, on face and larger areas like back, bottom, neck and arms to clear up breakouts. Also, wear fabrics that are breathable, don’t make you sweat too much or contain fibers that irritate the skin.”
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Moisturizing is key even for oily skin
Q) Why does my skin become oily?
A) Cold weather can mess up our self-produced sebum.
“Even oily skin types can become dehydrated,” says dermatologist Cristina Psomadakis. Your skin may have an oily top layer but underneath it may be flaky, cracked, tight, or textured – indicating signs of skin sensitivity.
“This can be complicated to deal with but it’s all about getting back to the basics, making sure you’re protecting your skin from the environment and keeping it hydrated. Many people with oily skin think they have to skip moisturizer to prevent it from feeling greasy, and that’s one way to end up with oily but dehydrated skin.
“Try an oil-balancing cleanser, such as Cetaphil’s Oily Skin Cleanser, £9.50 at Boots. Followed by a lightweight, non-comedogenic gel moisturizer, meaning it won’t clog pores.
“If you’re still greasy in specific areas, try using a salicylic acid toner on those areas after cleansing and following with moisturizer.”
- Try Face Theory Supergel M3 oil-free moisturizer, £13.99, facetheory.com –BUY NOW
A long shower is the enemy of scaly feet
Q) I FOOD most days, but my feet still look like reptile skin. What can I do?
A) Facialist Lisa Harris says, “Don’t stay in the shower for more than five minutes – this is enough time to cleanse skin without damaging its natural oils.
“Add Himalayan or Epsom salt with some essential oils to restore moisture. Seaweed is great for detoxifying and hydrating the skin, and drinking more water will also help relieve dry feet. You should consume about 2 liters per day.
“To remove flakes, try a gentle exfoliator while soaking, once skin is softer. Rub in a circular motion. ”
Try the Ole Henriksen Lemonade Smoothing Scrub, £12, Boots.
Lisa adds, “If you find exfoliating too harsh, use a chemical exfoliant to gently remove dead skin. Use once a week and increase to twice if it is stubborn. ”
- Try INKEY List’s Lactic Acid Exfoliator, 30ml, £7.99, lookfantastic.com – BUY NOW
Antibac scarves and masks to beat acne
Q) I have severe acne on my chin and cheeks. I think it’s a combination of wearing a mask and now a scarf when it gets cold. How can I manage my breakouts and prevent them from developing further?
A) First, determine if your acne is hormonal or bacterial by tracking your menstrual cycle. Psychotherapist Charlotte Ferguson, founder of skin care website Disciple London, says: “Masks are the new standard, but one of the unfortunate side effects is acne aka maskne.
“This type of acne can be different from hormonal acne – small white bumps under the skin can also be itchy. It is caused by irritation, friction, and clogged pores.
“Even people who have never had acne can experience maskne – it doesn’t discriminate. Protect your skin by spraying a mask or scarf with an antibacterial spray.
- Try the Disciple Skin Maskne mist, £17, Cultbeauty.co.uk – Buy now
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