Acne and eczema symptoms? SIX ways to ease skin conditions in winter weather REVEALED

Acne, eczema, rosacea and psoriasis are common skin conditions in the UK, and research has shown that concerns about our complexions are on the rise.

According to the British Skin Foundation, a quarter of GP appointments are now about skin problems.

Additionally, it is estimated that 60 per cent of Britons will suffer from a skin issue at some point in their lives.

While symptoms may be triggered for a number of reasons - including stress, lifestyle and hormones - harsh winter weather can cause skin to dry out and flare up.

Here are six ways to boost skin health.

Start your day with porridge

“Oats are a particularly rich source of biotin, a vitamin that is well-known for its role in the health of our skin and hair,” explained Dr Marilyn Glenville, nutritionist and author of The Natural Health Bible for Women (marilynglenville.com).

“They are also an anti-ageing food, packed full of antioxidants that help to battle against cell damage. 

“Additionally they are high in gentle fibre, which helps to maintain a healthy digestive tract and bowel function. 

“A healthy digestive system helps those skin-loving nutrients to get into our body. 

“So make sure you start your day with a bowl of porridge for a skin loving breakfast.”

Protect your scalp

When moisturising our skin, many of us often forget to take care of our scalp. 

However, your scalp is vulnerable to the winter elements especially as the skin on your scalp is particularly sensitive. 

A natural hair oil, such as Samol Herbal Hair & Scalp Oil (smaolherbal.com) can help to moisturise your scalp and reduce any eczema flare-ups, especially during the cold winter months.

Glow from the inside out

Ensuring you nourish your skin from the inside as well as the outside is crucial to maintaining its firmness and moisture. 

“Chlorella helps to improve circulation as well as skin firmness,” said Cassandra Barns, a nutritionist.

“It is also thought to make it more elastic - this is due to the toxin removal properties and the ability to remove fat deposits from the skin.

“Try Natures Plus Ultra Green Juice Powder (naturesplus.co.uk), packed with super-algaes including not only chlorella but also organic spirulina and Irish moss.”

Oil versus moisturiser

An oil-based serum can be far more effective at locking in moisture, according to Dr Adam Friedman, a consultant dermatologist at The Harley Street Dermatology Clinic.

He explained: “As a general rule oil is good wherever it comes from, whether it be natural or Vaseline petroleum based. 

“Oil is best at replenishing the skin’s natural oil because it stays on the skin - it gets in there, soaks in and it essentially does the job. 

“Try a natural serum such as What Skin Needs Hydrating Serum (whatskinneeds.co.uk.” 

He warned that if you suffer from a skin condition such as eczema or rosacea make sure you stay away from floral or scented oils.

“For those who suffer from skin irritations it is much better to go down the natural route, apply olive or vegetable oil rather than lavender or calendula for example,” he explained.

“It’s about avoiding the floral oils as these are some of the commonest contact allergens, which can irritate conditions further.”

Top up your turmeric levels

“Turmeric may be the ultimate skin superfood,” said Barns.

“It has anti-inflammatory activity so may help to combat redness and relieve rashes and skin irritations. 

“It’s thought to have liver-supporting properties, aiding detoxification to support clear skin. And it may even boost collagen production in the skin. 

“Turmeric’s warming properties make it ideal for winter: use dried or fresh turmeric in homemade Indian or Asian dishes, or have it in a turmeric latte or turmeric herbal tea. 

“If you dislike the taste of turmeric try taking a curcumin supplement such as Natures Plus Source of Life Garden Cucurmin (naturesplus.co.uk), which contains the anti-inflammatory properties found in turmeric, and helps combat against inflammation.”

Are you showering correctly?

It can be tempting to indulge in a hot shower at the end of the cold winter’s day, however although the steam can help to open our pores and eradicate any impurities, it can take its toll on the body and cause increased sensitivity and dryness in the skin, especially to the knees, elbows and extremities. 

For the ultimate skin loving shower, use warm water and make sure you moisturise as soon as you’ve dried off to ensure you lock in as much moisture as possible.



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