Wintertime is especially harsh on the skin, and when the skin is dehydrated, it becomes a less effective barrier allowing chemicals to penetrate it more easily. This increases the risk of irritation and eczema flares, even with products you have used for months without a problem! The key to staying on top of flare ups is staying aware of your environment and lifestyle choices. It’s also vital to know how to nourish, rehydrate, and protect vulnerable skin with eczema approved products

Discover leading dermatologist Dr Heather Roger’s top tips to help care for—and prevent—sensitive, dry, eczema-prone skin this winter:

Tip 1: Boost hydration by applying a heavier moisturiser after every wash

After you wash your face, make sure you follow up with moisturiser to help replace the oils you washed away. For very dry skin, the heavier the cream, the better. Look for products with glycerin, a powerful humectant that pulls water out of the air and back into the skin, and squalane, a fatty acid your skin can easily absorb. Both these skin-loving ingredients are in Doctor Rogers Face Cream

"The key to staying on top of flare ups is staying aware of your environment and lifestyle choices. It’s also vital to know how to nourish, rehydrate, and protect vulnerable skin with eczema approved products"

Tip 2: Avoid long, hot showers and baths

Prolonged water contact can remove the water-soluble, natural moisturising factors from the skin. This contributes to dryness, irritation, and can cause eczema flares. Before you get out of the shower, turn down the heat to a tepid temperature to help prevent your skin from losing more water when you step out of the humid shower. Also avoid putting your face directly under hot water! big no no. Always follow a hot shower with a nourishing skin ritual to replenish lost moisture.

Tip 3: Monitor topical skin treatments like retinol, peels, acids, and exfoliants during the winter months

If you’re eczema prone, avoid manual exfoliation of any kind, as it's all too easy to cause microcuts on the skin. This can lead to the loss of water, inflammation, collagen breakdown, skin aging, and eczema flares. Gentle chemical exfoliation on the other hand can be beneficial for dry skin—you just need to take it slow. You may only be able to tolerate these treatments a few nights a week because as your skin dries out, the better they penetrate. Same goes with retinol- cut back on use or eliminate all together during a flare up. Opt for gentle resurfacing treatments with hydrating properites such as Medik8's Crystal Retinal, or Medik8's Press & Glow. After any treatment step, always always follow with a moisturiser.

Tip 4: Don't over cleanse

We all know that feeling of tight dry skin when we’ve over done our cleansing ritual. Less is more with inflamed eczema prone skin- Instead of cleansing your face in the morning, just splash some water on it or gently use a warm facecloth before applying your day serum and SPF. In the evening employ a gentle hypoallergenic face wash like Dr Rogers Face Wash. This is an absolute go-to for aggravated skin. Extremely gentle, hydrating while doing an efficient job of cleansing skin. Don’t be put off by the lather, we promise it’s as gentle as can be.

Tip 5: Stay away from products that contain fragrance, dyes, and other common allergens

When your skin is drier, it absorbs more of what you put on it, making it more likely that you will have an unwanted reaction during the winter months. Ideally, you would use hypoallergenic products year round because fragrance does nothing for your skin. This is particularly important when your skin is more sensitive. Dr Rogers products are all 100% fragrance free and completely hypoallergenic. Tick!

Tip 6: Don't skip the sunscreen

Even though the winter months are colder, your skin may be absorbing more ultraviolet rays, so don't skip the sunscreen. Apply a zinc-based sunscreen- zinc is a mineral that is soothing to the skin and the best choice for dry, easily irritated skin. Make sure to reapply if you are exposed to the sun, even on a winter day.

Bonus Tip: Slugging 101

In extreme cases of dry skin, slugging with an ointment can be helpful. Not sure what slugging is? Slugging is a skincare trend which includes coating your face in petroleum jelly or vaseline, effectively forming a seal over the skin barrier preventing trans epidermal water loss and keeping moisture on lock. As you can imagine this is a pretty slimy task (hence the name ‘slugging’), but believe it or not- this is a legit ritual frequently recommended by derms and aestheticians. It can be extremely effective for those with a compromised skin barrier, or those suffering eczema 

Dr Rogers Restore Healing Balm is just the ointment for the job. Unlike petroleum or mineral oil based ointments, Dr Rogers Healing Balm is vegetable oil based- meaning it not only creates the seal, it also offers hydrating fatty acids the skin can absorb for advanced healing.

Tip: Ointments do not contain water, so dampen your face or apply a cream before the ointment for added hydration.  

Remember tackling eczema is not just a topical approach. Nutrition, sleep, stress and lifestyle are the most significant contributing factors when it comes to uncovering the root cause of your symptoms.

* Doctor Rogers products are incredibly effective at hydrating and are all approved by the US National Eczema Association. They are safe and effective for all ages and for the most sensitive of skin, including eczema.