Thankfully, Spring is nearly here and as the nights draw out again, we can look forward to some finer weather and hopefully getting outside a bit more. The change in season doesn’t just call for a different wardrobe and whether the central heating is on or not. As we emerge into the light, from a long cold winter, everything from cooler, less humid weather and overly hot baths to hanging out too long in dry, stuffy indoor environments has deprived our complexions of moisture and played havoc on our skin.
Humidity levels fall in the autumn and winter months and the drier the air, the more moisture it sucks from your skin, so you’re more likely to experience dryness and flakiness during the colder months of the year, especially if you’re prone to eczema or other dry skin conditions.
Hopefully, you’ll have been using rich, nourishing skin care products during the colder weather to compensate for the dry conditions. As the nicer weather approaches you might be able to switch to a lighter, summer moisturiser. To keep your skin well balanced throughout the transition of the seasons, consider a skin care routine for sensitive skin. For Avene Sensitive Skin Gift Set, visit http://www.lifeandlooks.com/avene-sensitive-skin-gift-set.html.
Months of central heating has not done us any favours either when it comes to the moisture in our skin. Heated air inside causes low humidity, which leads to water evaporating from our skin which can cause irritation, flaking and cracking.
You can offset these drying effects by installing a humidifier to keep the air moist in your home or a portable device that you can also bring to work and pop near your desk. A cheaper alternative is placing a few bowls of water near your radiators which should do the trick, too. And don’t forget to drink lots of water and slap on your rich moisturiser as often as necessary, along with replenishing lip balm and extra-thick hand cream.
Having spent all winter going to and from the cold outdoors into centrally-heated buildings has taken its toll on your complexion. Sudden changes in temperature can cause the capillaries in the face to contract and expand quickly leading to those little broken spider veins we all hate so much.
For many people with oily, acne-prone skin, the drier weather can actually help with breakouts and reduce flare-ups by stripping some of the moisture away. But all that cold weather comfort eating might have had the opposite effect. Studies suggest that diets high in refined carbs may exacerbate acne. Foods with a high glycaemic index lead to a spike in sugar in the blood, which is thought to increase the levels of hormones in the body that are responsible for oil production. If you want to avoid diet-related breakouts next winter, try not to go overboard on the carby comfort foods. It’s tough at Christmas but carby comforts include white bread, pasta, crisps and potatoes.