If you’re in South Africa’s Northern or inland provinces, you’re well aware of the impact that the winter months have on your sensitive skin. A lack of moisture causes that ‘prickly’ feeling of dryness or even an ashy, lacklustre appearance. This winter, don’t make your sensitive skin beg for a lashing of rich moisturiser! Prepare yourself for months of indulgent skincare, to care for your sensitive skin and keep your biggest organ looking healthy, smooth and moisturised.
“Sensitive skin is particularly hard hit when the weather is cold and dry. There are many products that can help, but keep in mind that you need to treat sensitive skin with care. Choose a sensitive range of products that are formulated to be gentle on the skin,” says Claire Bowen from Shower to Shower.
She recommends the following tips to keep your sensitive skin in great condition this winter:
- Avoid making your bath or shower too hot: If your bath or shower is too hot it can further draw moisture from your skin.
- Restore the hydration in your bedroom with a humidifier: A humidifier adds moisture to the air to prevent dryness. This can also ease other winter ailments like the common cold.
- Choose Sensitive products: Not all products are equal when it comes to caring for dry skin. The pH balanced Shower to Shower Sensitive Body Wash contains tissue oil and camomile to moisturise and nourish dry and sensitive skin as you wash.
- Look after your lips, hands and feet: Your lips may have the thinnest skin and your hands and feet the thickest – but they are subjected the most to the harsh elements. Keep your lip balm and moisturising lotion close to prevent these areas becoming dry, itchy and cracked.
- Sunscreen is important, even in winter! Avoid damage to the skin on your face and body by applying an SPF daily, even in the winter months.
- Moisturise from the inside out: You may remember to hydrate your skin but don’t forget to hydrate from the inside out too – be sure to keep your water intake up.
Bowen says that diet can also contribute to dry skin. She recommends limiting the intake of foods that have a high salt content, too much sugar or high levels of caffeine.