As the cool breeze of winter sweeps across Fiji, many of us find our skin becoming dry and irritated. While Fiji is renowned for its tropical climate, the winter months can bring a surprising change to our skin’s condition. Understanding how to prevent and treat dry skin during this season is crucial for maintaining healthy, glowing skin.


Though Fiji’s winters are mild compared to many parts of the world, the drop in temperature and humidity can still lead to dry skin otherwise more commonly known as ‘kanikani’. The cooler air, coupled with increased use of air conditioning and hot showers, can strip the skin of its natural moisture. This results in dryness, flakiness, and sometimes even itching and discomfort.


Preventing dry skin starts with a few simple changes to your daily routine:


1. Moisturize Regularly

Choose a thick, oil-based moisturizer to lock in moisture. Apply it immediately after bathing when your skin is still damp to help seal in hydration. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides are excellent for maintaining skin moisture.

2. Limit Hot Showers

While a hot shower might feel comforting in cooler weather, it can strip your skin of natural oils. Opt for lukewarm water and keep your showers short to minimize drying out your skin.

3. Use a Gentle Cleanser

Harsh soaps and cleansers can further dry out your skin. Choose a gentle, hydrating cleanser that doesn’t strip away natural oils. Look for products labelled as “fragrance-free” and “hypoallergenic.”

4. Hydrate from Within

Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Incorporate water-rich foods into your diet, such as cucumbers, oranges, and strawberries, to boost your hydration levels.

5. Protect Your Skin

Even in winter, the sun can still damage your skin. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to exposed areas to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Additionally, wearing protective clothing can help shield your skin from the drying effects of wind.


If your skin is already dry and you suffer from kanikani, here are some steps to help soothe and heal it:


1. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera gel is a natural moisturizer and anti-inflammatory agent. Apply pure aloe vera gel to dry, irritated skin to help soothe and heal it.

2. Humidifiers

Using a humidifier in your home can add moisture back into the air, helping to prevent and treat dry skin. This is especially helpful in air-conditioned environments.

3. Avoid Irritants

Certain fabrics and detergents can irritate dry skin. Wear soft, breathable fabrics like cotton and use fragrance-free laundry detergents to reduce the risk of irritation.

4. Over-the-Counter Remedies

For persistent dry skin, over-the-counter creams containing urea or lactic acid can help exfoliate and moisturize the skin. In severe cases, consult a dermatologist for prescription treatments.

Last but not least;


This may be a difficult one to follow through with, especially since a few of us like to have a baby mix with the temperatures drop. However, that may not be the best idea especially if you are trying to look after your skin and prevent ‘kanikani’.


While winter in Fiji may be mild, it can still have a significant impact on your skin. By taking preventive measures and addressing dryness as soon as it occurs, you can keep your skin healthy and hydrated throughout the season. Remember, the key to combating dry skin is consistent care and the right products. Enjoy the beauty of Fiji’s winter while maintaining the radiance of your skin!


Stay warm and moisturized!