Winter skin 101: dry and flaky

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Winter skin 101: dry and flaky

Are you over the dull, lacklustre appearance of your skin despite it being only day one of winter? Never fear, we’ve spoken to three of the industry’s most clued-up pros (a leading dermatologist and researchers from Vaseline Intensive Care and Clinique) about common winter skin complaints and how to fix them.
Up today: dry, flaky skin. Stay tuned eczema suffers, those with chapped, cracked, dull and lacklustre skin. Swing by tomorrow for handy everyday advice for achieving bright and beautiful skin this winter.

Q) What key ingredients should I be looking out for?
A) Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr Adrian Lim says diagnosis is the key. “If the dryness is on the face and associated with dandruff, it could be a yeast problem so look for ingredients such as tea tree oil, tar, ketoconazole and fruit acids if skin isn’t sensitive. However if skin is sensitive and burning try anti-inflammatory agents like aloe vera, chamomile, green tea, coenzyme Q10 and licorice extract.”

According to Alison McBurnie, Clinique’s National Education Manager, dry skin is the result of “a lack of oil and water at the skin’s surface, often combined with a breakdown in the skin’s moisture barrier.” Her advice is to “look for a moisturiser with humectants such as sodium hyluronate, trehalose, wheat bran extract, olive extract and avocado oil to help replace the natural lipids at barrier level.” McBurnie also recommends using “a targeted exfoliator with salicylic acid” to help rid you of flakes.

Ruth Muller, Research and Development for Vaseline Intensive Care, suggests “people with dry and flaky skin use a normal to intense moisturiser that contains high levels of humectants (eg. glycerin) with low to moderate levels of occlusives (eg. petroleum jelly and cocoa butter).” Try: Vaseline Intensive Care Hand and Nail Lotion.

Q) What should be I be avoiding?

A) “Avoid low-humidity environments such as places with heating during winter. Also refrain from showering with soap-based cleansers as these can increase itchiness and dry out skin further,” says Muller. Also a big no, no according to McBurnie is washing your face in hot water. Use tepid water instead as it won’t strip the skin of essential oils.

Q) What should my daily skin routine consist of?

A) According to Muller you should:

1. Begin by cleansing with a mild soap-free cleanser with added moisturisers (Try: Dove Mini Beauty Bar or Dove Triple Moisturising Body Wash)

2. Follow with a normal to dry skin lotion like Vaseline Intensive Rescue Moisture Locking Lotion

3. It’s also important to moisturise regularly throughout the day, especially if you spend a lot of time in an air-conditioned environment.

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