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why dry air is the rosacea sufferers enemy

by Finola Fegan

Everyone wants to have that perfect ‘just in the middle’ skin (not too dry, not too oily). For most of us, this isn’t an easy ideal to reach.

Rosacea sufferers in particular will know that the colder, lower humidity times of year can be a nightmare. When the humidity levels drop we become more prone and open to that dryness and redness that we want to avoid. Luckily, there are some tips and tricks you can adopt to combat this as best as possible and protect your skin from dry air flares.

Humidity, simply put, is the percentage of water vapor in the air at any given time. The considered ideal humidity level ranges somewhere between 40-60%.

The problem with wintertime is that in order to keep ourselves warm, we stick on the central heating (which has to be done). The central heating in turn, dries out the air in its mission to provide us with heat. This obviously presents a challenge.

As the humidity level plummets, we will start to notice it in our skin. Type 1 sufferers particularly will feel the change before seeing it. Skin will begin to feel tighter due to the lack of oils and water.

Some simple remedies

1. Increase air humidity levels at home The best way to increase humidity levels in your home or at the office is to purchase a humidifier. These are plugged into the wall and subtly send out small amounts of water into the air in the form of vapor. These range in price, usually beginning at around €20.

If you don’t happen to have spare cash at the moment, or simply don’t want to spend on one of these, there are other cheap and effective measures you can take. Placing a bowl of water on top of your radiators when they’re on can produce the same effect without having to spend a thing.

Another innovative way to humidify your air is to simply hang your wet clothes over the radiator! As the clothes dry, the water that was once on them is now in the previously dry air. This solution isn’t recommended if you or someone you live with is asthmatic. Another top tip - use a non bio washing powder...

2. Buy eyedrops

Just as low humidity draws moisture from the skin, it also does the same to your eyes. If you suffer from ocular rosacea this will be especially annoying. Eyedrops will help to combat this by lubricating your eyes and giving them the extra moisture that they need. On rosacea.ie we sell a lovely range by Eyelogic. They aren’t tested in animals and are plant sourced so suitable for vegans as well.

3. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise

Just as you change your clothes when it’s cold, you should also switch up your skincare.

Light moisturiser that may have been fine in June just won’t do the trick. Harsh winds and extreme temperatures can be a nightmare for rosacea, which is why it is so important to protect it as well as you can from the cold.

In winter a thick, rich balm should be applied in the morning and at night, and during the day too.....Just as oily skin produces oil all day long so the type 1 rosacea sufferer should get into the habit of constantly adding oils to their face via a good rich moisturiser.

Our Finca Rosacea Balm is perfect for this, providing protection for sensitive skin from the elements. It also contains raspberry seed which is a powerful natural SPF.

raspberry seed oil and rosacea

Research has shown that raspberry seed oil has the highest of all the plant oils in terms of its UVA and UVB protection. Its the second largest plant oil ingredient in our rosacea balm for that exact reason..

We want it all – super moisturisation with the added benefit of a natural spf provided by mother nature.... It’s always a good idea to moisturise straight after a shower if possible, as it traps the extra moisture into your skin.

4. Hydrate from the inside out

The most important thing you can do is make sure to drink plenty of water and keep yourself well hydrated. Adding an Omega 3 capsule to your daily routine can also really help with this!

I hope some of this helps you. My radiators always have towels on them drying in Winter. It doesn't always look great ..but my skin says thankyou... Till next time finola