This morning I woke up and it was pitch black outside! We’re well into hat and mittens season now- the heating is cranked up and the kettle is on constant boil to keep up with tea demands.
It’s cold and grim out and I wished it looked like Lapland…
I work outside a lot and my skin is really starting to suffer. When you have Eczema winter can be a blessing and a curse. On one hand you can hide your lizardy elephant-skin hands underneath a snazzy glove and layer yourself in tights, long sleeves and any amount of clothing! On the other hand the winter also brings the wind and cold to attack your skin from the outside and central heating and the temptation to eat all kinds of crap from the inside.
I am trying to take action to prevent my skin from going full lizard, which has meant the VERY difficult task of shopping for some new beauty products (what a chore hey…) and also just trying to be a bit more pro-active in terms of prevention rather than cure. We do have sensitive shells, and they need all the help they can get- it’s a crazy world out there!
Here’s my six top tips!
I would LOVE to be typing ‘Gin’ in this section but alas no. In winter we tend to drink lots of hot drinks (and alcohol- especially at this time of year) and forget about hydrating our skin with water. Ditch the coke and try and up your H2O intake. Yes tea contains water- but it also contains caffeine, which dries your skin out. I am guilty of not drinking enough water so each Monday I buy a few bottles to keep in my work van and try and drink two a day at least.
As I have sensitive skin exfoliating is often the last thing I want to do but it actually makes a difference. Taking the time out to give your skin a little scrub really helps- as long as you moisturise straight afterwards. All that moisturiser can’t get in if you don’t slough away dead skins cells- which all build up over winter. Having Eczema is horrific- your followed around by a constant skin cloud (gross yes) so everything I can do to help my poor skin I will.
I recently reviewed the TruSelf Organics face mask in this blog post and I’ve been using this once a week and it is really helping. I’ve also invested in the Caudalie body scrub and it’s AMAZING! It hasn’t irritated my skin at all and it smells incredible. I love Caudalie so much. I can’t speak highly enough of their products. Exfoliating also means lips too! Lipstick on several layers of peeling skin has never been a good look. Try Lush’s Bubblegum lip scrub, which is a godsend and a right bargain!
OBVS. I was told by a dermatologist that in winter it’s better to shower and bathe in luke warm water rather than scolding hot. I can’t handle boiling showers and often make the mistake of not turning the temperature down after my house mate (who must have asbestos skin) has been in. Apparently really hot water strips the skin of vital protective oils, which are needed in winter more than ever. I really up my game with moisturiser in winter. I swear I should be sponsored by a moisturising brand the amount I use! I always moisturise straight after a shower. It’s better to go with oil based moisturisers rather than water based and stick to natural products rather than slathering chemicals all over yourself! At the moment I’m using my FAVE Elemis SOS cream (You can tell how much I use it by the pic- it goes everywhere with me), Lush Dream Cream, and Salcura BioSkin Dermaspray (review to follow soon!) Don’t forget winter sun can be just as damaging as in the summer so slather on the SPF. If there was ever a reason to splash out on quality skincare the time is
DAY TO NIGHT
In summer I steer away from heavy night creams. I bought an Elemis one this year and had to save it until last month as it brought me out in spots. It’s my life saver now though! A little extra help at night can really make a different. Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate is amazing too and well worth a try. I can also recommend for sensitive skin Decleor‘s Aroma Night Rose balm. Smells so good and leaves your skin felling incredibly hydrated in the morning. It also lasts AAAAGGGGESSSS! Sensitive skin in winter is so fragile so I avoid as many chemicals as possible. Steer clear of any allergens and switch your products to really gentle, organic or chemical-free skincare. Ben’s Rosa Centifolia No1.Purity cleansing balm is amazing as a cleanser.
Protect your shell
Wearing a hat and gloves will keep you warm and protect your hands. Even when I’m cuddled up to my Fjord I wear a hat in winter. Carry a good hand cream, such as the Aveeno oatmeal version. Mine is getting rinsed at the moment. Hand creams are a pain if you have eczema. They’re normally full of perfume and too thin and watery. This is a great cheap cream to keep in your bag. I can’t operate my camera with gloves on and my hands REALLY suffer for it, but where you can keep them wrapped up.
If you’ve got sensitive mits like me try dolloping on the hand cream last thing before you go to bed sleep in cotton gloves. Mine never stay on but they do help, although a word of warning- the temptation before you go to bed to do a Michael Jackson dance wearing just one white glove is just too much!
EAT FOR YOUR SKIN
You are what you eat and all that… This is so true. When I was training for the London Marathon this year I couldn’t eat burgers every night and expect to make any progress. Equally you can’t stuff your face with selection boxes and Christmas treats you’ve actually bought for someone else and then expect your skin to be flawless (other people do this right?) If you’re more Victoria sponge than Victoria secret model then it’s time to switch things up a bit. Eating hydrating foods will help look after your skin- such as melons, apples, celery, cucumber, tomatoes and carrots. Don’t forget your greens for vitamins and fish or flaxseeds for Omega 3.
Good luck out there! Stay healthy and happy : )