There’s nothing quite like getting home from the chilly evenings and snuggling up in the warm with a hot cuppa and a few sweet treats. Temperatures may be dropping but two things will be on the up, the central heating and our favourite comfort foods and puddings.
It’s a well-known fact that central heating dries out our skin, leaving it feeling taut, dry and even itchy. But did you know too much sugar can also affect the skin? When sugar is digested, glucose is released into the bloodstream. The sugar attaches itself to collagen, the protein fibre that keeps skin smooth, firm and elastic. So when collagen is weighed down by glucose, it becomes more rigid and less supple which makes skin drier. This is why people with diabetes often suffer from dry complexions.
So here are some Top Tips that will help your skin to stay supple during the winter months and beyond!
- The power of water: Drinking plenty of water is perhaps obvious but an absolute must. Without adequate water, your skin looks dull, dry and lines look more prominent. When skin is properly hydrated it’s plump with good elasticity and doesn’t crack so easily.
- Skincare: Using an adequate moisturiser and having a regular exfoliating regime are important to help your skin remain at its best.
- Let the fresh air in: Central heating dries out the air and many homes are essentially airtight because of double-glazing – so it’s a good idea to get some fresh air circulating around your home regularly. And if your cosy retreat gets very dry, consider using a humidifier to put some moisture back into the air.
- Exercise: Many of us hibernate in the winter but exercise increases blood flow and your blood carries oxygen and vital nutrients to all the cells in your body, including skin cells.
- Go easy on those carbs: It’s not just desserts… pasta, bread and other carbohydrates can wreak havoc. Whole grains tend to be digested more slowly than white rice, bread and pasta, which means your skin isn’t hit with as much glucose at one time. Foods high in sugar can cause the blood glucose to rise so it is best to replace these with reduced sugar products where possible.