Psoriasis autumn and winter. Psoriasis and cold weather or cold season. In this article we explain how the cold plays an important role in damaging our skin. We will learn how to prevent or fix the damage by following some simple tips. In cold weather our skin becomes more sensitive.
With the coming of autumn and winter our concerns mainly focus on colds, flus and laryngitis and so we often end up neglecting the health of our skin which needs more protection and hydration in cool weather.
In this article we explain how the cold plays an important role in damaging our skin. We will learn how to prevent or fix the damage by following some simple tips. As you know, in cold weather our skin becomes more sensitive. It is quite common to see typical flushing of your skin i.e. the redness that paradoxically is associated with a sensation of heat and burning. There are mainly two consequences of this: the so-called cold weather dermatitis results in the appearance of itchiness (winter pruritus) and it will worsen skin diseases already in progress, specifically psoriasis with its associated unsightly scaly patches usually on the scalp, elbows, knees, or even all over the body. The skin feels thick and rough like sandpaper and itches in an alarming fashion. Typical winter skin is very white and so any imperfections are more noticeable, Women tend to go overboard on "corrective make-up", applying it too heavily and this not only doesn’t solve the problem, it irritates the skin more. Another mistake is to 'forget' to drink water and so become dehydrated. It is a little known fact that in the fall and winter our body sweats abundantly in order to keep body temperatures stable; otherwise we would get too hot when we cover the body with the thicker winter clothing.
Remember to keep these rules in mind: the “Dos” and “Don'ts” to take the best care of yourself.
Cover up with scarves and hats, taking special care to protect the ears and nose, both "sensitive thermometers" for thermal shock.
Wear gloves. If you prefer, there are also fingerless gloves which allow you to warm up the palms and keep the fingers free.
Keep a stick of cocoa butter in your pocket: of course, this must be natural, nourishing and protective.
Choose alcohol-free detergents and perfumes. Your skin will thank you!
Help yourself to food and water.
Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables, choosing from those having high percentages of water and vitamins such as pumpkin (rich in vitamin A and C and composed of 90% water) and pomegranate (rich in potassium, phosphorus and vitamins A and C). Antioxidants will be your best allies!
Switching abruptly from tough outdoor climates to indoor heated environments.
Avoid the Icicle Hand Effect
Rub the little fingers of your hands: after warming up with this movement, the little finger can send signals to the other fingers, causing a pleasant heat wave. Find that hard to believe? Try it for yourself!
The use of silicones and aluminum-rich lipsticks only serve to irritate your lips.
Take fewer really hot baths because the heat deprives the skin of its natural protective barrier
Avoid alcohol and smoking. Some people think they protect you from the cold. Instead it works in the opposite manner!! Alcohol decreases your thermoregulation and so you end up feeling the effects of frost even more. Cigarettes make the body sweat excessively while sleeping and so this further dry out your skin.
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