Observations in clinical settings show that exposure to warm temperatures can elevate a person’s mood. Simply put, warming the skin makes people feel good emotionally.

Winter can be gloomy and uncomfortable. A quick fix to counter the gloom is to turn up the heater, light the fireplace or to take a hot bath. It can be heaven on a cold night!

That tight, dry and hot feeling in the skin is the result of spending too much time in a heated environment. It encourages the water in your skin to evaporate. Regular and prolonged exposure can lead to chronic dry and rough skin. It can also aggravate conditions such as eczema.

The antidote to the problem is lots of hydration. Here are some tips to help you steer clear of dry and sensitised skin this winter.

Swap your morning coffee for herbal tea

Coffee is a mild diuretic. It can cause frequent urination and dehydration by depleting the body of much-needed water. Herbal teas, on the other hand, hydrate the body. They deliver antioxidants and phytochemicals that have anti-inflammatory, restorative or stimulating properties. Excellent for anti-ageing!

Drink as much water as you do in summer

It may be more difficult to consume this amount of water in winter because the body’s thirst response lessens in cooler weather. But the effort will be well worth it. Water helps remove impurities in your body, keeps skin cells hydrated and healthy, and revitalises dull skin.

Don’t lick your lips

We all instinctively lick our lips when they are dry. This just temporarily adds moisture. As the saliva evaporates moisture is pulled from the surface which further dries the lips. Rather invest in a good lip balm with nourishing and hydrating ingredients like beeswax or try natural lip therapies such a coconut oil or aloe vera gel.

Humidify the room

Low humidity, commonly caused by heaters, can lead to itchy eyes, a scratchy throat and dry skin. It can worsen allergies and increases our susceptibility to catching colds. If you don’t own a humidifier, you can easily humidify the room by placing a bowl of water near the heat source, by boiling the kettle or by leaving the bathroom door open when taking a shower. Another alternative is to keep houseplants. Plants that are regularly watered give off water vapour and increases humidity in the room.

Moisturise regularly and use a rich cream

Seal moisturising and other active ingredients into your skin by applying a thicker textured cream directly after your bath or shower, during the winter months. Repeat the moisturising step at night, before bed, to feed and nourish the skin while skin repair processes take place.

Try our deep hydrating African Potato Cream, for very dry skin and conditions such as eczema and cracked heels. Our Revive Moisturiser is a face cream formulated for dry, mature or tired-feeling skin that keeps skin plump and nourished, especially at night.