Why does our skin go red in winter?

Why does our skin go red in winter?

Braving the elements of season changes, especially the colder months, can really take their toll on your skin. Redness occurs because our bodies are trying to heat themselves, bringing blood close to the surface of the skin and dilating capillaries and as we get older, it’s more problematic for those capillaries to close as quickly. It’s a hard pill to swallow but the older we get (gracefully of course), the harder it is to bounce back.

If you tend to be prone to redness, choose fabrics fit for sensitive skin types and try to cover and protect your skin from the great outdoors. Try to let your skin breathe and avoid heavy make-up. When redness becomes a persistent problem, avoid alcohol and certain foods like spicy offerings and dairy.

When faced with a sudden flare-up, the simplest solution is to regulate your temperature as quickly as possible and seek calming creams to save a winter-chapped face. Be mindful not to strip the skin more with harsh products. Fragrance-free is key and picking products with few ingredients as possible is beneficial.

Tips for managing sensitive skin prone to redness particularly in winter
So fresh and so clean.

Whether it’s winter or not, we recommend taking these steps to combat sensitive, redness-prone skin. If your skin is consistently feeling tight, pink, dry, flaky, or inflamed, it’s time to switch things up and supercharge your complexion.

  1. Use a gentle cleanser but be careful not to strip your skin of its natural oils.
  2. Exfoliate weekly. It removes dead cells on the surface so that products will penetrate more efficiently.
  3. Lather on the moisturiser. When applied to a freshly cleansed face, it‘s like a magnet for retaining moisture in dry skin.
  4. Use a light make up like a BB cream.

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