As someone with sensitive skin, I know how stressful it can be to find skincare products that actually work. With fall officially upon us and the weather getting cooler by the day, now is the time to search for products that will protect our skin and keep it healthy this winter season.
I’ve been a proud Aveeno Ambassador since 2014, and I love their amazing skincare products. Aveeno recently launched Aveeno® Baby Eczema Therapy Nighttime Balm and AVEENO® ECZEMA THERAPY ITCH RELIEF BALM 11OZ which are not only perfect for those living with eczema but are ideal for those dealing with sensitive skin during these harsh winter months.
I have had the pleasure of interviewing renowned dermatologist, Dr. Jeanine Downie over the last few years, and she was kind enough to join me for an interview recently to dish on everything from sensitive skin to steps we can take to protect our skin this season, Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Nighttime Balm, and Aveeno Eczema Therapy Itch Relief Balm. She also shared advice for those living with rosacea.
Please be sure to check out my interview with Dr. Downie below! She shared great tips that we can all use this fall and winter season.
Candace Rose: Why is skin more sensitive in winter?
Dr. Jeanine Downie: There is a decrease in ambient humidity during the colder weather months, specifically November through April. During this time, the skin can become very dry, dehydrated and itchy. If skin is scratched repetitively, this will lead to a disruption of the skin’s barrier. So in order to decrease skin’s sensitivity during the winter months, I recommend strongly that people moisturize with Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Nighttime Balm. And I recommend that adults use Aveeno Eczema Therapy Itch Relief Balm. These two products will add moisture to your skin as this protective balm has 3X the glycerin, the same patented Aveeno formula with oatmeal, no steroids or parabens, and is fragrance free.
Candace Rose: What can we do to protect our skin from the elements?
Dr. Jeanine Downie: Hydrate with the Aveeno products. Wear layers of clothing that are made with cotton and not wool. Devise a regimen where you are clipping your nails or the affected individual’s nails every other night. Switch to non-irritating detergents. Decrease the amount of fabric softener and perfume used. Take lukewarm showers (not super hot). Moisturize while skin is still damp.
Candace Rose: How does winter weather affect skin conditions such as eczema?
Dr. Jeanine Downie: There is a decrease in ambient humidity so your skin dries up, and you get itchy patches and flares. See responses above for more details.
Candace Rose: What can acne sufferers, or those of us with rosacea, do to protect our skin this winter?
Dr. Jeanine Downie: Must use SPF 30 rain or shine (regardless of your ethnicity) but especially if you have skin with rosacea and/or acne. Most acne pimples leave a pink spot or brown spot when they fade, depending on what your actual coloration is. Acne sufferers need to make sure they’re using oil-free (non-comedogenic products) in their acne prone areas. Rosacea patients need to make sure they stay away from stress and sunlight, which are the two most common things that flare rosacea. Other flares of rosacea include hot foods that are steamy (like pasta), spicy foods, wine, coffee or hot beverages in general, and even exercise. However exercising reduces your stress level which in turn contributes to rosacea so ICE WATER. Exercise with ice water.
Candace Rose: What are some of the best clothing options to protect our skin this winter?
Dr. Jeanine Downie: Layers, cotton/cashmere, turn your heat on in the car but don’t put it up too high. And make sure you have appropriate shoe gear on for the type of weather you’re facing. Don’t forget a hat!
Candace Rose: Should we switch up our beauty/skincare products during the chilly winter months since our skin tends to be drier?
Dr. Jeanine Downie: If you’re using a toner a lot, stop it completely during winter months. If you’re using a lot of perfume during the summer months, that should be decreased significantly because it can be irritating. Winter skin is much drier. I would recommend more moisturizer to your face and body during the chilly winter months. However, I would also recommend just as much sunblock during summer and winter. Sunblock is not to be put away in September.
Candace Rose: Is there anything else we can do to look and feel our best during these chilly fall and winter months?
Dr. Jeanine Downie: Take care not to pick or scratch at your dry skin as this will not make your skin look good, and disrupt the barrier that your skin has and possibly lead to infection, which you absolutely do not want.
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?
Disclaimer: Candace Rose Anderson is an Aveeno brand ambassador. She was sent the Aveeno Eczema Therapy products, but was not compensated in any way.