This November, there are still some beautiful sunny days to be enjoyed, but temperatures are definitely dropping. The start of the winter can be a hard time on your skin, as it adjusts to the cold, biting winds and central heating. To avoid dry, flaky or inflamed skin - or exacerbating conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis, which can be worsened by harsh weather - give yourself a bit of extra TLC at this time of year.
Update: We have now published a whole section of further tips and info on dry skin in winter.
The skin on the face is particularly sensitive and exposed, so needs the most care. Use a gentle cleanser so that you don’t rob the skin of its natural oils. Dry or mature skin will love our Silk-Touch Cleanser, which leaves a smooth and hydrated after-feel. In dry air conditions with low humidity, opt for an oil-based moisturiser (non-petroleum-based); this helps lock in hydration. Our Avocado 24-Hour Replenishing Cream with organic avocado, shea butter and sea buckthorn moisturises and protects, plus it contains a pure essential oil blend including frankincense that helps regenerate the skin. For especially dry skin, our Superfruit Concentrate is rich in nutrients that protect, regenerate, and guard against the effects of aging, making it a winner for those with mature skin.
To look after your lips, and help keep chapped lips at bay, try our Lip Silk, with its healing blend of calendula and shea butter.
It’s tempting to ward off the cold for a little while by having a hot shower or bath, but doing this too often can strip the skin of natural oils, especially when using soap or body wash containing artificial ingredients and chemicals. Instead, use warm water and try either our natural cleansing bars or body wash which are both gentle and moisturising. After stepping out of your shower or bath, restore the moisture in your skin with Toning Fruit Butter or our new Tropical Bliss Body Silk.
Wearing gloves can really help to avoid chilblains and can keep your hands from getting cracked. As an extra preventative measure, massage a little of our new Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie into hands and nails. It’s richly moisturising but won’t make your hands greasy.
For particularly dry areas of skin, try either our Ultra Rich Balm (scent free) or Calendula Balm – both contain extra-virgin olive oil, which is packed with protective vitamins A, D & E, and coconut oil, which absorbs deep into the skin layers to moisturise and nourish.
Winter winds can leave hair looking a little bit worse for wear during the colder months, so try a gentle natural shampoo that doesn’t dry out your hair. Our award-winning much-loved Gentle Herb Shampoo comes into its own on sensitive skin and dry hair. PH-balanced, it is free from sulphates, artificial preservatives and all harsh detergents, and nourishes the hair and scalp with a generous helping of organic coconut oil and herbs. For extremely dry hair or scalp, Ultra Rich Balm can be used on the scalp as an intensive pre-shampoo treatment, as well as sparingly on dry or frizzy ends.
For more information and suggestions around managing eczema, have a look at our full information sheet.