5 Ways To Protect Your Skin From Central Heating
17 Nov 2016
It’s coming to the time of year when most of us unthinkingly flick the central heating switch to ‘on’ but do you realise the potentially damaging effects it has on your skin? Cooler weather and centrally heated houses play havoc with all skin types. If yours is naturally dry, this often means increased sensitivity, itchiness and discomfort.
We’re not suggesting that you don’t need central heating (perish the thought, if you’ll excuse the pun) but you can counter its dehydrating effects with the following tips:-
Switch your heating off at night : If you suffer with eczema or other inflammatory skin conditions the simple act of turning off the heat before you go to bed will ease skin dryness – as well as saving on energy and money. If you really can’t sleep without your heating on, set the thermostat to ‘low’ overnight.
Moisturise your skin : The combination of colder air, indoor heating and subsequent changes to your skin means that extra moisture is essential. Choose an all over body moisturiser packed with essential fatty acids to revive weary skin. Shea butter is favoured by many beauty experts and is a key ingredient in My Trusty body butter. Pay special attention to neglected areas of your body such as your heels, feet, elbows and knees. As you begin to cover up with warmer clothing, it’s easy to forget they still need your attention.
Use a humidifier : Combat the drying effects of indoor heating with a humidifier. Create your own at home by filling a bowl with water and placing it on or close to radiators, allowing it to evaporate into the air. The more humidity there is in the air the less moisture will be drawn from the surface of your skin. Alternatively you can try a standard humidifier placed in the warmest areas of your home.
Drink water : When the nights are long and the weather is cold we naturally take comfort in warm drinks which often means our caffeine consumption is higher and our water intake takes a dive. Throw in the drying effects of central heating and your complexion risks becoming dull and sallow. Drinking lots of water is a must throughout the year to give you that inner glow, which means autumn and winter too! If a glass cold of water is understandably beyond you at this time of year, try warm water with a slice of lemon or a caffeine free herbal tea, such as camomile. If you can, drink a large glass before going to bed. Your parched skin will thank you for it.
Nourish your skin with a body oil : While rich, nourishing body moisturisers are highly effective, sometimes your dry skin craves that something extra. My Trusty’s new face and body oil is rich in essential fatty acids to deeply moisturise dry skin and provide a protective barrier against the effects of the environment and cooler weather. It’s also great for pampering and massaging into your skin as it absorbs easily and is fragranced with an uplifting blend of rosemary, neroli and bergamot.
My Trusty skincare range is developed by Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust and specially formulated to revive and rejuvenate dry skin. All of our products are suitable for use on skin prone to inflammatory conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Also suitable for use on babies over the age of 8 weeks and mums-to-be. Free from parabens, lanolin and colour.
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You may also find our previous article Gently Does It : 7 Ways To Deal With Dry Skin helpful.