Winter brings along picturesque snowfall, cosy sweaters, and hot cocoa by the fireplace. However, for many, especially those with psoriasis, it also marks the onset of skin challenges. So, how exactly does the winter season impact the skin? Let's delve in.
- Loss of Moisture
The winter air, both indoors due to heating systems and outdoors with its cold, dry winds, lacks humidity. This strips the skin of its natural moisture. For individuals with psoriasis, this exacerbation can lead to flare-ups, with skin becoming itchy, tight, and sometimes even cracking.
- Reduced Sun Exposure
The sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can help reduce inflammation of the skin, which in turn can decrease the number of psoriasis flare-ups. However, during winter, days are shorter, and we often cover most of our skin to keep warm. This means reduced sun exposure, which can impact those with psoriasis adversely.
- Hot Showers & Baths
There's nothing like a hot shower or bath to combat the cold. But, high water temperatures can further strip the skin of its essential oils, leading to increased dryness. This is particularly problematic for psoriasis-affected skin.
The winter season, with its festivities, can sometimes lead to stress, be it due to holiday preparations or the year-end rush at work. Stress is a known trigger for psoriasis flare-ups.
- Winter Illnesses
Colds and infections are more prevalent in the winter. Some individuals might notice psoriasis flare-ups after they've recovered from an illness, especially if they've been prescribed antibiotics.
Navigating Winter with Psoriasis
The challenges might seem many, but with proactive care, winter can be navigated with ease. Here are some tips:
Moisturise Regularly: Opt for ointments or heavy creams that can lock in more moisture than lotions.
Limit Hot Showers: Lukewarm water is ideal. After bathing, pat (don’t rub) your skin dry and moisturise immediately.
Consider a Humidifier: Using a humidifier in your home can help to add moisture back into the air, benefiting your skin.
Embrace the AxisBiotix Supplement: Incorporate the AxisBiotix food supplement into your daily routine. Our summer 60-day skin challenge showed significant potential in nurturing the skin from within.
Stay Stress-Free: Adopt relaxation techniques like meditation, deep breathing, and yoga.
Winter, with its unique beauty, shouldn’t be a season of dread for those with psoriasis. With the right care, knowledge, and support systems like AxisBiotix, you can enjoy the season in all its glory while ensuring your skin remains nourished and protected.