Winter is Coming

by Jane Rose

Jane Rose - May 2020

Winter is Coming

10things to look after your skin this winter.   

It's getting colder now as the Australian winter approaches.  So if you're getting tight skin, rough knuckles, chapped lips, what's going on? Say hello to winter; its about to wreak havoc from head-to-toe. 

Here, CameLife founder Dr Jane Rose, what we need know to keep skin happily hydrated throughout the cold snap. From your brows to your feet, here’s how to treat your skin – starting now!

Ten Ways to Love Your Skin in Winter 

1.You Still Need SPF

Just because it is winter, it doesn’t mean you should put away your suncream. Whilst there is less UVB around in winter, levels of UVA are still significant enough to age our skin. I advocate using a high SPF sunscreen all year round, but only apply it to go out and cleanse it off when you come back inside.  It's worth  thinking about Vitamin D3; UVB is the wavelength that stimulates vitamin D production and levels can drop in the winter months.  Consider taking an oral Vitamin D3 supplement.

2.Consider professional skin treatments

Winter is a great time of year for skin treatments. We always worry about peels and laser treatment in the summer months because sun exposure before or after such procedures there is a higher risk of unwanted post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. Autumn and winter therefore represents an opportunity. But, if you opt for a peel or laser treatment, your skin will inevitably be inflamed.  A good anti-inflammatory cream like The Original Camel Balm will quickly sooth post treatment redness.  

3.You Need to Keep Hydrated

“Your skin will become drier and often more sensitive with the onset of colder weather and central heating. Make sure you keep hydrated during the day, swap your coffee for green tea which has great anti-oxidant effects. Gentle cleansing is a must, you need your skin barrier to be as healthy as possible so that it can retain vital moisturiser. As a rule of thumb if your skin feels tight after washing it is likely that the cleanser you are using has disrupted your skin barrier. Skin should feel calm and hydrated after washing, if you are reaching immediately for your moisturiser you may want to consider a gentler cleanser. I developed CameLife's Facial Cleansing Bar to cleanse away makeup and dirt and leave your skin feeling moist and supple.”

4.Tweak Your Daily Skincare Routine

If your skin is so dry that your are having to apply a moisturiser during the day it is likely your skin routine needs tweaking. Try adding a serum to your routine and massaging for 30 seconds to maximise its effects.  For treatments at home, CameLife's Restorative Serum is ideal; it contains organic hyaluronic acid which will balance natural moisture levels in your skin, preventing dry patches from forming.

 5. Treat Yourself To A Facial

Winter skin can be dull.  Your skin needs four weeks or so to move through the full life cycle from new skin cell growth to the  skin cells dying off.  Many skincare experts recommend a professional facial about every three to four weeks in order to slough off dead skin.  But do you really want to subject your skin to chemical exfoliation?  There's a gentler, natural way; exfoliate regularly with a cream containing a natural abrasive.  CameLife's Refining Facial Polish will gently scrub away those dead skin cells, leaving your skin fresh and  more able to absorb your active topical skincare.

6. Protect Your Lips

Licking sore lips will only exacerbate dryness and can cause what is referred to as ‘lick eczema’. Make sure your lips are sealed with an effective ointment at all times, particularly before eating and drinking. Some foods like tomatoes can irritate chapped lips. Here at CameLife, we don't manufacture a lip ointment, but our friends at Camel Milk NSW have a fantastic camel oil lip balm. Alternatively, use a little Nourishing Body Mousse; it's completely natural, all of the ingredients are edible!

If you are heading to the snowfields, remember your lips are vulnerable to sun burn. Zinc oxide is a fantastic physical sunscreen and will help to reflect the UV away from the skin of your face and lips.

If your lips do become chapped, treat them to a little Happy Camel Balm and they will soon recover! ”

7. Prevent Dry, Chapped Hands

Hands are very high risk of becoming chapped and sore in the winter months. With COVID-19, we are going to have to keep using hand sanitisers and wash our hands more than normal. Combine this with cold weather and it may trigger hand eczema.

Camel milk soaps are a fantastic moisturising soap with the added benefit of a mildly anti-bacterial effect. Nevertheless, you will probably still need a hand cream; keep a pot of Nourishing Body Mousse by the sink. If you still get contact dermatitis, night, apply a rich layer at night and, after a few nights, your skin barrier will start to heal. The difference is often amazing".

8. Monitor Scaly Skin

If you notice scaling around your nose and eyebrows in the winter months you may be developing a dermatitis thought to be exacerbated by yeast. Cold winter weather is also a known trigger. Apply The Original Camel Balm to the affected areas at least twice a day for a few days and every so often to reduce recurrence.

If you don't want to use a special cream, then using a very gentle skin wash line our Facial Cleansing Bar and moisturising twice a day with a good Day Cream will help. As with most skin conditions early intervention often stops them in their tracks.

9. Consider Your Feet!

Feet often become dry and cracked in the winter months. Exfoliating frequently and applying an effective moisturiser always helps, but for many there just aren’t enough hours in the day. This is where the Nourishing Body Mousse comes in. Use this amazing treatment and expect to lose layers of skin, unattractive as it is, the results are baby soft feet.

10. Use Bath Time To Hydrate

Baths are great for dry winter skin. Not only do they provide the all-important relaxation to switch of those skin damaging stress hormones; baths are a marvellous opportunity to hydrate skin. How about adding some camel milk to your bath; it worked for Cleopatra

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