Chilly weather pitfalls are upon us so it’s time to suit up to have a healthier season, armed with knowledge and healthy routines. Though many of us have dodged chronic skin conditions, much of the US population struggles with flare ups of Eczema, Psoriasis, and more, with cases on the rise. We know that environmental effects are the main culprits of these trends and believe a return to simplified, natural skin and internal care may serve to ease many of these troubling ailments.
What happens to our skin during cooler weather?
Filaggrin, a crucial protein in our skin for maintaining barrier function and natural moisture decreases in winter as well as with age and hormonal changes. Dry, cold weather, low humidity, and indoor heating, dehydrates skin further and worsens skin conditions for many. Environmental factors such as allergens and temperature extremes can affect filaggrin function, contributing to barrier loss, leaving skin more vulnerable to pathogens and irritants.
Tis the season to be jolly so yes, cold weather equals celebratory events, and social occasions driving us to drink less water and draw us toward more dehydrating substances such as alcohol and caffeine.
What skin conditions are triggered by cooler weather?
Rosacea - small, red, pus-filled bumps on face
- Affects approximately 16 million Americans
- People between 30-60 years of age
- Women, especially during menopause
- Those with family history
- People with fair skinned and features
Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) - itchy inflammation of the skin
- Affects approximately 31.6 million Americans
Psoriasis - skin cells build up to form scales and itchy, dry patches
- Affects approximately 7.5 million Americans
- Occurs in all age groups but highest in those between 45-64 years of age
Keratosis Pilaris - KP or chicken skin - rough patches with small acne-like bump
- Most common in teenagers (50-80%) and 40% of adults
Tips to for a feel good cold season
- Moisturize skin frequently and as a routine to maintain benefits
- Avoid harsh facial cleansers
- Avoid harsh scrubs and artificially scented products to prevent irritation, dryness and flare ups of skin conditions
- Contrary to our desire for the coziness, limit hot showers to 15 min and preferably use lukewarm water
- Limit alcohol and hydrate with water well
- Consider humidifiers, especially at night to combat dryness for skin as well as breathing
- Use healthy lip balm
Limit or avoid foods that cause inflammation (certain individuals are more sensitive to these than others)
- Fried food
- Processed food and sodas
- Artificial chemical additives, food coloring
- Trans fats
- Refined flour
Investment in total body care is a lifelong journey, one we are all-in with. We’re here to add to the tool kit, spreading empowerment and love this season.
At Ellovi we believe skin health is deeply connected to overall health and well-being. Our mission is to offer wellness using pure ingredients with safe and transparent methods. Self care is not just a luxury and it cannot wait. We’re here to remind you to invest in your health from head to toe, inside and out.
Team Ellovi 🌺