ALTHOUGH we’ve been lucky with the mild autumnal climate so far, it’s wise to be prepared for the thermometer plunging any time soon.
Cold weather means 30% less moisture in the warm air, explains Sue Mayou, consultant dermatologist and Neutrogena advisor, which can lead to dry, irritated skin.
Central heating and wind can also contribute to losing your glowing looks, she adds.
“This fluctuation between cold and warm air means skin is constantly losing moisture, resulting in the dreaded dry, flaky skin.”
But, never fear, you can fight Jack Frost by upping your skincare SOS and employing some toasty beauty tactics.
Snuggling up with creature comforts is the obvious reaction when the window panes start frosting up, but sadly this isn’t a good seasonal forecast for your skin.
“The excess use of central heating and having more hot baths are a contributory factor to chapped skin,” says Julie Brackenbury, Nurture skincare’s cosmetic nurse.
“Both increase moisture loss from the skin, and once compromised it can become sensitive and flaky.”
Winter diets can also play havoc with skin, as we enjoy more treats and stodge, and less fruit, veg and salad.
“Our eating habits change in the winter and, from a psychological perspective, we may not want to drink as much water, as it may seem too cold! Instead, we tend to go for hot drinks like coffee and tea which are diuretics and can contribute to dehydration,” Brackenbury explains.
“We also tend to cosy up at home and consequently, some people may drink more alcohol in the winter.”