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How to steer clear of cracked skin during winter

By Cover Media

How to steer clear of cracked skin during winter
It is common to suffer from dry skin during the colder months. Taking care to protect it will help prevent sore, cracked areas.

Cold weather can impact your body in a number of ways.

As we approach the winter months, you might notice that your skin is starting to feel drier and tighter than normal.

Paula Oliver, a dermatology nurse consultant, has shared how to keep your skin happy and healthy during the colder months.

Avoid rapid temperature changes

Going from hot to cold, or vice versa, can often cause your skin to feel dry and uncomfortable.

“Big changes in temperature particularly during winter when you go from outdoors to indoors can lead to increased dryness and sometimes broken skin,” Paula warns.

“Covering sensitive areas of skin when going outside and wrapping up warm can help prevent flare-ups. It is also a good idea to avoid hot water when you’re feeling cold as the extreme change in temperature could make skin feel very uncomfortable, instead use warm water.”

Wear layers

To avoid your skin getting too cold when you step outside, make sure to layer up your clothes.

“Layering up in the winter months is a good option for those with eczema as it allows them to easily respond to changing temperatures – keeping skin warm and letting skin breathe when needed,” the expert explains.

Also, pay attention to the material of your clothing. Wool can irritate the skin so opt for softer fabrics such as bamboo, cotton, and silk.

Don’t let the air at home become dry

If you have your central heating on regularly, you might notice that your skin feels drier and tighter than usual.

“Those who live in dry, heated accommodation are more at risk of developing asteatotic eczema, which is a common type of eczema as a result of dry skin,” Paula says. “This is more common in older people and can leave the skin feeling very dry, rough, and scaly.”

She adds, “Central heating strips moisture from the air, so placing a bowl of water near radiators can help to add moisture back into the atmosphere.”

Keep your house clean

Eczema can be triggered by dust, so it is important to stay on top of cleaning your home.

“It’s important to try to avoid anything that can irritate the skin, dust and dust mites can be a big trigger to those with eczema,” the expert explains.

“Make sure to vacuum regularly and dust surfaces with a damp cloth. It’s also important to regularly open windows to let rooms breathe, and to help prevent them from becoming a breeding ground for dust mites.”

Stay moisturised

Moisturising regularly is key when dealing with dry or cracking skin.

“Moisturising is an essential part of any skincare regime, but during the winter months when your skin has to adapt to the harsh colder weather, it might be worth switching to a heavier emollient such as an ointment,” Paula suggests. “It is also useful to carry a cream with you when you leave the house so you can top up as required.”

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