Caring for your dry skin in Winter

Winter is here, and while you may be reminiscing about the warm summer nights and iced lattes, your skin is probably starting to crack at its seams, because after all, winter is the season for dry skin.

Dry skin is more common in winter months when humidity levels are relatively low, and the cold strips it of its natural moisturising oils. Although more common in winter, dry skin can also be caused by other factors such as too much exposure to heat, harsh soaps and detergents or as a result of ageing. Despite the obvious signs of skin that looks and feels rough, other signs and symptoms to look out for include feelings of tightness, itchiness, scaling or peeling, and fine lines or cracks. Dry skin can affect any part of your body, most commonly your legs, arms and hands. So, what’s the secret to keeping your skin soft and supple this winter? It’s all in the products you use, staying moisturised and hydrated, and avoiding dry heat. See the below tips to help your skin achieve a warm winter’s glow.

REDUCE SHOWER TEMPERATURE

Who doesn’t love to get into a steaming hot shower or bath on a cold winter’s day? While it can feel great, standing under steaming hot water can dry out the moisture and oils in your skin. When possible, a 5 – 10 minute warm shower is best and less likely to damage and dry out the skin. You should also avoid using excessively hot water when washing your hands, as this will cause them to look shrivelled and flaky.

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

As I am sure you are aware, drinking plenty of water is vital for skin hydration. However, people often forget how important it is, especially in the colder months. Among other functions, it carries nutrients and oxygen to our cells and protects organs and tissues, all of which help keep our skin looking healthy. DMK’s EFA Ultra is also great for maintaining healthy skin. Formulated with a powerful blend of plant-based essential fatty acids, seaweed extract, vitamins, minerals and amino acids, EFA Ultra encourages healthy skin, hair and nails!

ALWAYS USE SUNSCREEN

The gloomy winter days can fool us when it comes to sun safety. Applying sunscreen all year round is essential for healthy skin and protecting it from skin cancer. While UVB rays (the ones that cause sunburn) are weaker in winter, UVA rays (which cause premature skin ageing) remain the same all year round. DMK’s Soleil Defence SPF 50+ is the perfect water-resistant, non-greasy sunscreen that doesn’t just aid in the protection from sunburn without clogging the skin but works to help prevent premature ageing and pigmentation.

MOISTURISE AFTER A SHOWER

Not moisturising after your shower is said to be one of the greatest sins of the winter season. Moisture is essential for the skin barrier to perform well and fight against the dehydrating effects of winter. Moisturising is best on damp skin, so when you jump out of the shower, and before you put on your fluffy cat pyjamas, make sure you lather on that moisturiser. DMK’s Acu Crème is great for moisturising and nourishing the skin. Designed with a mix of vitamins, essential fatty acids, antioxidants and nutrients, it works to gently regulate cell turnover (which smoothes the skin) and purify and decongest the skin. Spray with DMK Herb & Mineral Mist before rubbing in to ensure the active ingredients penetrate deep into the pore for supreme hydration. Put the DMK Soothing & Hydrating & Occlusive Mask on after your products for optimal hydration penetration into the skin!

DON’T OVER EXFOLIATE

Although light exfoliation of the skin is essential for getting rid of dead cells, too much of it can aggravate the skin and damage the skin barrier. This can lead to redness, acne breakouts, itchiness and even worse dry skin. Using products such as DMK’s Micro Peel is great for light exfoliation without drying out the skin and damaging the skin barrier. It can be used on both face and body to lift and clear away debris, and dead cell material, whilst rebalancing and refreshing the skin for a glowing complexion! Another great product is DMK’s At-home Enzyme Masque. Designed to remove dead cell build-up and detoxify the skin, this unique masque is best applied weekly and combines a powder (Foamy Lift) and a gel (Exoderma Peel), which when mixed, tightens and firms on the skin: assists to improve blood circulation, leaving you with a fresh, radiant post-treatment glow!

AVOID DRY HEAT

We’re all guilty of sitting right in front of our heater when trying to warm up. But exposing your skin to dry heat can result in dehydrating your skin and disrupting your skin barrier. If the heating in your house is too high, it can draw vital moisture away from your skin, leaving it feeling tight, itchy and dry. Think of other ways to stay warm like having a cup of a warm cup of tea or wearing an extra pair of socks.

USE A HUMIDIFIER

It’s not just the dry air outside, but also the climate inside your home that can dry out your skin. We have all experienced getting off a long flight and our skin looking like a lizard. This is due to the low humidity in the air, often caused by air conditioning and heaters. Dry air or heat leads to a considerable amount of dehydration in the skin. Humidifiers help restore the humidity levels in the air, providing the skin with the moisture it needs to stay hydrated and healthy.