Skin suffers in winter: Bardati

March 12, 2009

There is a direct relationship betwen skin dryness and the use indoor heat in winter, says a professor of environmental studies at UPEI.

Darren Bardati said indoor relative humidity in winter tends to drop unless humidity is added by a humidifer or an air exchanger.

“This latter system relies on outside humidity, which may also be quite low in winter but higher than indoors.”

Dry skin isn’t considered a serious medical condition but for chronic sufferers of dry skin, winter weather will often times make the condition worse.

Holland College nursing instructors Christie Lougheed Bambrick and Andrea Slysz said winter can be hard on the skin.

As in the summer, there are simple ways people can protect their skin in the winter.

“Put a scarf around your face,” said Slysz.

Lougheed Bambrick said skiiers sometimes don’t protect their face and end up with wind burn.

“Be mindful. Even in winter, your skin can be damaged.”

Heather Robinson of Economy, N.S. is a diabetic and suffers from dry skin all year long.

As a diabetic, my skin is drier than it used to be. Plus, my age plays a factor too.”

She uses a gentle cleanser and moisturizer which contains an SPF of at least 15 every day, Robinson said.

“Any product containing urea is really good for dry skin and is recommended in many diabetic resources.”

(Published in the March 12, 2009 issue of The Surveyor.)

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