When it turns colds the weather can affect your skin, and if you already have a skin problem that’s visible to other people, it can make you feel like staying in your centrally heated bedroom until the spring.
Common skin complaints during the winter include dry, itchy skin and eczema.
However there are things you can do to keep on top of skin problems at this time of year. Here’s a quick guide to four of the most common winter skin problems, and some tips on how you can relieve the symptoms.

1)     Dry, tight skin
Your skin’s natural moisture is depleted by harsh wind, central heating, low humidity and hot baths or showers.  It’s a good idea to upgrade to a richer moisturiser to stop your skin’s moisture from evaporating.  Use products that are appropriate for your skin type and apply the moisturiser as many times as you feel your skin needs it, especially before you go to bed.
Ensure you drink at least two litres of water a day to avoid dehydration, and eat a healthy balanced diet with fresh fruits, lots of vegetables and proteins to give your skin the essential nutrients it needs.
If you’re going on holiday during the winter, ensure you use a sun protection product with a minimum SPF 15, whether you’ll be on the beach or in the snow.
2)       Flaky, itchy, inflamed skin
Dry skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis can feel worse during the winter, thanks to the dampness and a general lack of humidity indoors and outdoors.  A lack of exposure to sunlight can also contribute to winter psoriasis flare-ups.
Although eczema generally affects children, it can continue into adulthood. Symptoms include itchy, red, dry and cracked skin, commonly found in areas such as behind the knees, on the inside of the elbows, on the side of the neck and around the eyes and ears.
Eczema treatments include medical moisturisers and soap substitutes called emollients which should be used all the time by eczema sufferers.
Psoriasis treatments include steroid creams and vitamin D analogue creams to reduce inflammation, as well as other prescription treatments.
3)       Facial flushing
 If your skin (usually on your face) sometimes turns red and is accompanied by a burning or stinging sensation, you may have a skin condition called rosacea.  It’s a common condition that is aggravated by cold weather, strong winds and hot drinks. Unfortunately, exposure to sunlight, humidity and hot weather may trigger the symptoms of rosacea, which means you may experience it during the summer too.
Rosacea symptoms can be treated with skin creams, gels and oral antibiotics that are available from your GP or a dermatologist.
4) Itchy, burning toes
Small, itchy swellings on the skin (usually toes, fingers, heels, ears and nose) can develop a few hours after you’re exposed to the cold.  Known as chilblains, they typically cause burning and itching, and can become worse when you warm up. The affected parts of your skin can also become swollen and turn red or dark blue, and turn into sores or blisters in more severe cases.


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