WINTER DRY SKIN
Lack of hydration in winter months demonstrates as dry, tight feeling skin that is red, itchy and scaly. Winter skincare is all about protecting the strength of your skin barrier! When walking outdoors, wrap up warm and watch for that tight feeling that signals low levels of hydration. It leaves your skin more open to environmental damage including broken capillaries and more lines and wrinkles.
- Change your skincare to protect and strengthen your skin barrier – tone down active ingredients.
- Change your cleanser in the evening - a rich cleansing milk or a balm with a muslin cloth.
- Change your moisturiser to a richer cream with hydrating, occlusive ingredients. Use low SPF in the morning.
- Exfoliate once every two weeks. Use nourishing masks once a week.
Former Leeds Skin, now Evocutis, have produced, in collaboration with Professor Michael J Cork BSc MB PhD FRCP, an interesting video about the treatment of eczema. Prof Cork has developed a special interest in `translating´ the complex pathophysiology of skin disease into cartoons and language that can be understood by a child of six, used by National Eczema Society and the Skin Care Campaign.
Successful treatment of eczema requires to strengthen the skin barrier that is thinnest on the face. It is genetic predisposition and environmental influences that make skin barrier thin and skin open to allergens. Complete emolient therapy + antimicrobials work well together by soothing the skin, breaking the negative itch-scratch cycle and preventing Staphylococcus aureus from breaking the skin barrier further and activating the immune system. As always, a skincare routine works better than a single product.
I have not tried Eczmol, the Evocutis product. I usually recommend two brands that are above the average: Evolve Plus ( a spray for good efficacy and ease of use, particularly for men) or Spiezia Organics (for a borderline eczema and people with strong eco credentials).
More information about these two brands:
The belief of Spiezia brand is that products you put on the skin should be good enough to eat and in fact edible! Handmade on an organic farm in Cornwall, none of them contain anything other than 100% organic ingredients certified by the Soil Association. Each Spiezia product has aromatherapy qualities so it can uplift; soothe and calm. The chief carrier oils are jojoba and olive oil, the closest oils to the sebum. Because Spiezia don’t dilute any products with water so a little goes a long way and they naturally bring the skin back to it’s natural balance.
For the past three years Spiezia have been working with people with cancer with the Made for Life Foundation, a charity with an integrative programme designed to support and work with people diagnosed and recovering from cancer. All Spiezia products are fine to be used during chemotherapy with no contraindications.
Evolve Plus http://it-evolve.com/
A 100% natural moisturising emollient, it contains only a hypoallergenic, second generation, medical grade lanolin which is similar to the lipids in the skin which regulate moisturisation. Evolve Plus contains no emulsifiers, solubilisers, preservatives, fragrance, water, alcohol, colourants, petrolatum, mineral oil or diluents. It is suitable for use on all types of dry skin including sensitive conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Evolve Plus is a soothing, non-sticky, cooling spray – good for sore, itchy skin.