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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Consultant Dermatologist Dr Catherine Borysiewicz was featured in Sunday Times Style talking about winter skincare.
Below, she shares an insight into why our skin needs a little extra TLC over the winter months and why we need to change our skincare with the seasons.
Our skin is exposed to extremes in temperature throughout the winter months and our reliance on central heating creates lower humidity environments. Therefore, during winter the skin barrier is more vulnerable to moisture loss, creating dry and irritable skin.
This is a time when underlying inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis can become more problematic. Exposed facial and hand skin is also vulnerable to further sensitivity and dryness. Keratosis pilaris can be a real problem in the winter- rough bumps on upper arms and thighs. Exfoliating creams can be helpful- using AHAs and BHAs to remove keratin plugs from hair follicles.
Comfortable balanced skin can be achieved by supporting a healthy skin barrier. To follow are some considerations for cleansing, moisturising and caring for skin during winter:
+ Cleansing skin: all soap-based products strip the skin of natural oils and can be extremely drying. Try swapping your soap or shower gel for a soap-free cleanser. You will notice the difference and may find you do not need to use as many moisturisers. Many over the counter products are soap-free: Dove, Sanex and Xetaphil to name a few. If you have skin problems such as acne or eczema, there are soothing multi-tasking products that cleanse and calm skin.
+ Moisturising: for dry sensitive skin apply a moisturiser at least twice a day. You will soothe and improve skin texture. There are a variety of different products out there. Focus on the consistency of the product: for very dry skin during winter use a thicker cream or ointment, a word of note when using these products always apply them in the direction of hair growth as rubbing them the other way will plug hair follicles and lead to spots. For normal skin types a light cream, lotion or gel is usually sufficient. Look for ingredients including ceramides which really help improve the epidermal barrier and hyaluronic acid to draw moisture into the skin. Maintaining a healthy skin microbiome is also important and some products contain prebiotics to help maintain healthy skin barrier function.
During the day continue to apply a daily high factor sunscreen to your face- look for multi-tasking products containing a moisturiser.
Winter months are the perfect time to try getting your skin used to a topical retinol as the low ambient UV reduces the risk of post-inflammatory pigmentation. Nighttime retinol or prescription retinoid can be used as tolerated. If too drying for the skin, try to apply once or twice a week with a moisturiser or hyaluronic acid serum.
To read the full article visit The Times website.
For consultations with Dr Catherine please call 0207 901 8500.