How to protect your skin in dry, indoor heat in winter

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Your skin is craving extra hydration

Winter’s chill takes a toll on your skin. Cold temperatures and low humidity create dry air, robbing your skin of moisture. Brutal winter winds and indoor heating exacerbate the issue, often leaving your skin cracked and prone to bleeding. Combat the harsh effects with a tailored skincare routine to keep your skin nourished and resilient throughout the colder months.

Always use a rich moisturizer and sunscreen when you are outdoors. If you are prone to acne, consult a dermatologist to choose products for your skin so it doesn’t worsen your skin condition.

Rhysa Phommachanh, Skin Care and Makeup Specialist at Landys Chemist, said: “Central heating causes the air to become less humid and dry, which causes the skin’s moisture to evaporate swiftly from the surface. This causes the skin’s top layer to lose its natural oils and moisture, resulting in dryness and dehydration.” She added that indoor heating’s low humidity leads to transepidermal water loss (TEWL), causing accelerated skin dehydration resulting in a tight, rough feel and heightened susceptibility to fine lines and wrinkles.

Central heating weakens the skin’s protective barrier, increasing vulnerability to irritants.

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Wear warm clothing

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Amy Peterson, Medical Aesthetician and founder of Miami-based Skincare by Amy Peterson Medspa, said, “The heating systems we use are mostly dry air that sucks out moisture, and you do lose more water from your skin when there’s less water in the air.” She added that the skin tries to compensate for this by slowing skin cell turnover, which makes the outer dead skin layer (the stratum corneum) thicker, and while that may help slightly, it can also make the skin look dull and flaky. So, instead of cranking up the heat and drying the air more, stay bundled up, as it’s better for your skin.

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