Winter Skin Protection and My Routine

Autumn/Fall is upon us in the Southern Hemisphere. Although you wouldn’t know it if you saw it. It’s currently 30C/86F as I type this and I probably should have the air con on as I have a mild sheen across my forehead.

We’re expected to experience the heat right through to the end of the week until the rain settles in. When it rains it then begins to feel like Autumn/Fall and not long after Winter is here and I’m in knee high boots and fighting the wind not to turn my umbrella inside out.

So it got me thinking about my skin in Winter. Now if you know me enough on my YouTube channel or here on my blog you’ll know I have combination skin and for the most part during Spring and Summer it’s oily through the T-Zone and through Autumn/Fall/Winter it tends to lean on the drier side.

I get something calledΒ Eczema/Dermatitis, a very mild case of it mind you and no I haven’t been clinically diagnosed, I Dr Googled it (don’t judge me). I suffer with it in different places mainly on my head but always the same and they seem to flare up every now and then and more so in the colder months.

First off I believe I experience it on my face when it gets too dry as I develop patches of red irritated skin. I get the most unbearable ear canal itch that make me want to scratch it with a knife (I don’t do this!) crusting and oozing, (because I scratch it sometimes), flakiness in my eyebrows, along my hairline on my forehead (which is more exposed to the elements) and my least favorite apart from the facial flare ups, the little crook or cartilage bit on the outside of my right ear. I can’t even sleep on that side when that happens! I know first world problems right?

But nonetheless it’s skin drama I don’t want and this Winter, I’m going to nip it in the bud. Your friends for battling troublesome skin in winter include;

Moisturizers, Emollients, Prescription Topical Creams

  1. Your all time favorite moisturizer. My 2 holy grail products are the Nivea Day Cream Moisturizer for combination skin and Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture for combination skin.
  2. Body moisturizer, I use Vaseline Intensive Care for my hands, legs and everywhere else.
  3. Prescription medicine creams like Hydro Cortisone, I have Advantan 0.5% this is like a steroid so it thins the skin.
  4. Vaseline, petroleum jelly.

Moisturizing is essential in replenishing the skins moisture barrier and promotes healing and plump, youthful skin. Emollients are a little different and I’ll post more about them in another video/blog so stay tuned. They work to create a layer that can helps with moisture loss.

I stick to applying all of these morning, throughout the day and evening minus the Advantan 0.5% and Vaseline because they’re more of a nightly product. Protect your skin from the wind, cold rain and all the other elements that are just waiting to create dryness, redness and not happy skin overall.

Remember to love your health!

Dee X

Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor, Dermatologist, Beauty Therapist, or Esthetician, I just love skincare and health and love sharing what I learn with you. Seek medical attention when required.