Dr. Jacqueline Matulich, Specialist Dermatologist at Platinum Dermatology and QV skincare consultant, gives us her insider tips on using the right products to maintain healthy skin on a day-to-day basis and to keep people feeling confident.
While it is great that the majority of us are frequenting the gym and eating wholesome meals, we tend to often forget one of our largest and most important organs, our skin. During the winter months, we’re surrounded by heated environments, while in summer we tend to expose our skin to air conditioned environments which in both cases can be taxing on our skin. If you experience sensitive skin, changing weather conditions can aggravate your symptoms, so it’s in our best interests to understand how to properly care for our skin and be aware of which ingredients to avoid.
Sensitive skin symptoms generally include dry, flaky and uncomfortable areas. These sensitive areas may sometimes have blemishes and you may experience tightness or stinging depending on the level of severity. It’s important to understand that these symptoms are common and with the correct education and skincare routine you and your skin will be able to survive seasonal changes.
Skin typically becomes drier in the winter and often due to the cooler, less humid conditions. We cover our skin with more layers of clothing, with fabrics like wool or synthetics, which can irritate and dry our skin. We tend to have longer, hot showers, which further dries it out, and if we use soap we also remove oils and water from our skin, leaving it more dry and irritated than before. During these times, we should be looking to switch up our usual cleanser to a soap-free cleanser, which also moisturises our skin and creates a special hydrating film to maintain the natural oils that are important for skin health, a moisturising cleanser is perfect for this role. When the temperature warms up again, our skins needs change once more and we may need to switch down to a gentle body wash as our skin is no longer dry but still needs to be left clean and soft.
As a dermatologist, I see many cases of sensitive skin brought on by environmental changes. It’s essential that individuals are educated on how to appropriately look after their skin and understand what their skin needs. I advise keeping your skincare routine simple and sticking with a trusted brand where the research has been invested to generate excellent results for your skin. As a result, you should be able to achieve good skin health and feel confident no matter what the day’s challenges may be!
A daily skin care routine is fundamental to maintaining clear confident skin and it should be adjusted to address the time of day, the activities you’re involved in and your skin type. I’ve outlined below a check list for you to incorporate into your own daily routine:
– In the morning and evening, cleanse to remove accumulated sweat, oil, dirt and make-up to give your skin a fresh look, unclogging pores and hydrating it, allowing your skin to naturally rejuvenate overnight
– A foam cleanser is better for oily skin types and the removal of heavy make-up and sweat build-up from working out.
– A gentle, creamy cleanser is better suited to those with dry and sensitive skin and those prone to allergies.
– Moisturise your face and body, morning and night. Moisturiser will create a temporary barrier for your skin, protecting it from the harmful effects of the sun, wind and heat as well as help it to retain water to function optimally. This means the skin cells can rapidly repair and reduce the formation of wrinkles, keeping you looking young. It will also improve the texture of your skin and help to mask imperfections. This is especially important for people with dry and sensitive skin
– Dry skin requires a creamier moisturiser, which has a greater oil content to hydrate the tissues
– Sensitive, allergy-prone skin is better suited to low irritant or preservative-free moisturiser.
For those who suffer from sensitive skin, it’s essential to understand the specific ingredients, which trigger reactions within your skin. Common irritants such as soap and fragrances are key ingredients to avoid. Petrolatum, also known as soft white paraffin, is a very effective moisturiser and can be used by those with sensitive skin. When used in moisturisers or cleansers it delivers long lasting moisturisation and hydration, which is essential for those suffering from sensitive skin issues.
Sensitive skin can be brought on by a number of factors, including seasonal changes and irritant ingredients. In order to maintain healthy skin, it’s important to learn our individual skin types and incorporate a simple and effective skin regime. This will not only prove effective in the short term but more importantly in the long term as well. Finding out what works for you and your skin will no doubt leave you feeling confident and ready to take on the day!