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Seasonal skin care: Winter
Skin Institute
June 12, 2017

Flexibility in your skincare routine is essential in keeping skin healthy from season to season. Skin care shouldn’t be a static routine. When the weather changes, our skin often changes as well. Fluctuating temperatures and humidity means that our skin responds by changing its chemistry, which requires that we make adaptations to our skin care regimen.

These are our top four tips for adjusting your routine to suit Winter weather.

Keep the skin hydrated – Cold, wind, low humidity and indoor heating combine to dry out the skin and reduce its barrier function. The new hyaluronic serums are an ideal way to combat this, as they provide intense hydration without oiliness. Hyaluranon is a natural component of our skin. The hyaluranon molecule can hold 1000 times its own weight in water and is thought to play a vital role in maintaining skin hydration. Hyaluranon serums are suitable for all skin types, being incredibly gentle and soothing. Skin Institute offer several options of lightweight serums including Synergie SuperSerum, Aspect Dr Hyaluronic Serum, containing five types of hyaluranon which penetrate to different depths of the skin. These serums are a favourite with our Appearance Medicine Team because they feel so delicious to apply, as well as being an effective addition to any winter skincare regime.

Never skip sunscreen – Many people think because summer’s over, sunscreen isn’t needed. In fact, although burning UVB rays are reduced in winter, UVA rays, which penetrate deep into the skin to cause ageing, are just as prevalent. Additionally, UVA rays can pass through glass, so you are exposed driving in your car or sitting in front of a sunny window.  This means you need to wear sunscreen all year round. We recommend sunscreens that contain zinc to physically block the entire spectrum of UV rays. If you’ve had a hard time tolerating thick, chalky zinc creams, try a tinted, zinc-based sunscreen like Dermquest SheerZinc SPF30. It’s as smooth and sheer as a tinted moisturiser, but provides you the peace of mind and protection of high 20% zinc levels. It’s an easy, wearable sunscreen solution.

Treat sun damage – At Skin Institute, we care about both the beauty and the health of your skin. With our years of experience specialising in treating skin cancer, we can’t help pointing out that Winter is the ideal time to treat precancerous spots caused by years of UV exposure. Prescription creams like Efudix, Aldara and Picato target skin cells damaged by the sun, causing them to die and flake off. This process can make the skin look red, raw and patchy. Winter is the ideal time to cover up and hide with scarfs, collars and hats while your skin heals.

Switch your cleanser – If you’re using a foaming cleanser, switch to a creamy cleanser or cleansing oil. In colder, dryer months, your skin will benefit from using cleansing oil or a creamy cleanser rinsed off with warm water. They won’t strip your skin of the precious natural oils that keep skin supple and maintain good barrier protection against the challenges of harsh winter weather. When summer returns with accompanying humidity and a sweaty glow, feel free to switch back.

If you’d like to talk to someone about a personalised skin care regime this season, take advantage of our free appearance medicine consultation with one of our expert Appearance Medicine Nurses. Alternatively, if your main concern is detecting or treating skin cancer, make an appointment with one of our dermatologists or GP skin specialists.