We are more than half way through winter and well on our way to spring, warmer days and sunshine, but winter has more than likely taken a toll on your skin. It’s not too late to protect your skin from the harsh conditions and prepare for better weather.
Falling temperatures, overexposure to indoor heating and lower air humidity can affect our skin, impairing its barrier function and leaving it vulnerable to dehydration and sensitivity.
Dermatologists say that it is important to change our skincare routine in winter to a multi-purpose cleanser, creamier moisturiser and of course, even though there might not be brilliant sunshine, SPF protection.“A supportive soap-free cleanser, effective moisturiser and some sort of environmental barrier (ideally an SPF 50+ UVA/UVB sunscreen) are essentials in delivering and maintaining skin that not only looks healthy, but also functions in the healthiest way possible through the harsh winter months,” said dermatologist Dr Adam Sheridan.
Cetaphil is specifically designed to help protect skin from the elements even in the harshest conditions.
Here are some of Dr Sheridan’s top tips on conquering winter skin woes:
Cleanse – Opt for a hydrating cleanser to lock in moisture as opposed to a gel. “A good cleanser will ‘reset and rebalance’ the skin as it cleans, removing environmental pollutants and microbes to encourage healthy skin cell turnover.” Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser offers a gentle approach in removing surface oils, dirt and light make-up without clogging pores or stinging eyes. It is pH balanced and lanolin and fragrance free. Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser provides effective cleansing for oily, combination or blemished skin by removing oil without affecting the skin barrier.
Moisturise and protect – Switch from a lotion to a thick moisturiser at night time to hydrate dry spots, soothe irritation and restore radiance. After cleansing, it is important to apply a daily moisturiser which contains SPF. A common misconception is that cold, overcast days preclude the need for sunscreen application. Although UV levels are lower in winter, UV radiation still causes a threat to acceleration in skin ageing and skin cancer. Cetaphil Suntivity Liposomal Lotion SPF 50+ is suitable for sensitive skin, easy to spread, non-greasy and fast absorbing. It delivers highly effective UVA and UV protection, is non-comedogenic, hypo-allergenic and fragrance free.
Condition – Before you sleep, use a heavier moisturising cream to hydrate dry spots, sooth irritation and restore radiance. Cetaphil Moisturising Cream contains emollients and humectants A, B and E, to provide soothing and nourishing benefits.