Wintertime is a season of extremes. Outside, the weather is usually cold and windy. But once you’re inside the temperatures are much warmer. With heat blasting, hot showers, warm kitchens and hot drinks, you're constantly changing temperature. For most rosacea sufferers these extremes can often cause annoying flare ups.
Never moisturize on dry skin
It’s best to apply moisturizer to damp skin. The best time to do this is just after your bath or shower. If you are not bathing or showering don’t worry, just rinse your face with warm water. You have approximately 3 minutes of good time to lock in the moisture before your skin begins to dry out again.
Use Lukewarm water
Hopping in to a roasting bath or shower when your cold can feel blissful, but not advisable for rosacea skin types. If it all possible though, try to wash face and hands with lukewarm water to avoid stripping skin of natural oils.
Humidify the Room
Place a bowl of water on top of radiators (if you have a thirsty cat, think about buying a humidifier). Even placing laundered clothes to dry on the radiators is a good idea. As the heat in the room rises, so will the water, keeping the room humid and your skin hydrated.
Put the Visor Down
Whether you’re going to work in the morning or out for a Sunday drive, make sure to keep the sun visor down. Car windows can let in more that 60% of UVA rays (data from www.skincancer.org) which can potentially harm skin. (UVA ages skin). The windows tend to block UVB though (UVB burns skin). UV rays are the single biggest trigger for rosacea skin types.
Use heavier skin creams designed for sensitive skin in winter.
But avoid products with certain ingredients e.g. perfumes, essential oils, harsh preservatives including parabens and anything containing medicated or anti-bacterial ingredients. These ingredients can strip the natural oils from your skin, leaving it dry and irritable.
Moving from cold to hot - and vice versa.
This is by far the hardest thing to control. Moving from hot to cold or cold to hot causes the capillaries to constrict or dilate and skin to redden. But try this - When outside, try to keep your scarf covering most of your face, to just under your eyes.
This will make the transition between temperatures less dramatic. When inside, keep internal temperatures down a bit and keep away from direct sources of heat eg. fires or cookers.
Don’t skip sunscreen.
Even in the harsh winter, dangerous UV rays can interfere with the skin barrier and cause your skin to lose precious moisture. Whether it be in your moisturizer, foundation or powder, make sure you are using SPF to keep you protected.
Be careful with sources of dry heating.
This is a big one. When in your car, try your best not to have the heater blasting hot/warm air directly toward your face. This is known to cause redness and dry skin. The best option here is to gently direct it either by your feet, or toward the window.
In work keep away from plug-in electric heaters, which usually have fans in them. Again, a bowl of water on top of the radiator is a good idea. If your desk at work is underneath a source of warm air heating, ask can you be moved away from it… 8 hours a day is too long to be directly under a rosacea trigger!
At this time of year, we tend to turn to teas, coffees and cocoas to warm us up. We mustn’t forget that we need some basic H20 to keep our skin on top form. Why not try a warm glass of water with a lemon wedge? It helps keep our system alkaline which is always good for rosacea sufferers as well as being good for our general health.
For many sufferers, overheating of the body can worsen rosacea. Wearing layers of clothing allows you to add and remove garments as you drift between temperatures, without overheating or remaining cold.
So what can I use to further protect my skin in these conditions? At finca skin organics, we have created a luxurious moisturizer specifically for the cold and windy period called finca Winter Balm It is made with only the finest natural ingredients including:
- Shea Butter,
- Jojoba Oil,
- Rosehip Oil,
- Green Tea Oil,
- Cucumber Oil,
- Liquerice Root Extract
- Raspberry Seed Oil.
These ingredients were chosen specifically for their soothing, protecting and anti-inflammatory properties. so you can wear this moisturizer worry free! There is also inbuilt High SPF Sunscreen, to protect you from those damaging UV rays.