Skin Care: a Survival Guide for Winter

skin care a winter guide

It’s not just the outside temperature which reminds us that it is winter, the state of our skin unfortunately confirms it. The dryness, itching, dull complexion are some of the inconveniences associated with winter. It is possible to prevent and combat these symptoms, and have a radiant and hydrated skin. With a few precautions, you can enjoy the cold season while avoiding these problems.

Dry Skin Moisturizing

The most common problem is a way that your body takes to tell you that you have neglect your skin. But it’s not just a question of comfort. A well-hydrated skin creates a protective barrier that repels infections, bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Maintaining hydration of the skin is a constant challenge. Our overheated environment, combined with our business, constantly absorbs moisture from the skin. Hence the stress on importance of hydration. It is essential not only for health but also for its appearance. When skin is dehydrated, it seems older, and the wrinkles are more pronounced.

What Factors Dehydrate the Skin?

There are several, some among them are:

Age. The production of estrogen decreases at menopause, causing a lower production of lipids. As we age, cell turnover also slows and the result is a dull and dry skin.

Genetics. Some people are genetically predisposed to dry skin. This is often because they have fewer sebaceous glands or because they are among the thousands who suffer from eczema, a hereditary disorder of the skin.

The change of season. Cold temperatures, icy winds, low humidity and electric heating make the water evaporate quickly from the skin. The contrasts in temperature are also terrible for the skin and responsible for its drying.

The long hot baths and extended showers. Washing it too long removes the protective barrier of the skin, which dries up automatically. Washing with soap can be too abrasive on dry skin. Favor fatty soaps for a hydrated skin.

Smoking. Extremely toxic to the skin, smoking deprives it of its oxygen and its nutrients while developing its early aging. It also reduces the cutaneous microcirculation, and patients who smoke may be denied some plastic surgery because they heal poorly.

Some tissues. Some wool and other synthetic fabrics increase the risk of being too rough and cause itching.

Chronic health problems. Diabetes, thyroid problems, kidney and other conditions can affect the ability of the skin to retain water. Some drugs, like antihistamines, tamoxifen (for breast cancer treatment) and antidepressants, can also dry the skin.

How to Protect Your Skin This Winter?

1. By adjusting your routine care and your daily habits to climate. During the winter, it is better to clean face only once a day – at night – to remove dirt and makeup and in the mornings, just rinse your face with water. Because alcohol dries the skin, during the winter shed the products that contain any alcohol, such as toners and astringents. Exfoliate your body and your face once a week.

2. Take only warm showers (never hot, which can be too drying) and limit them to five minutes or less (it is better for your skin and environment). Hot baths dilate blood vessels and may thus aggravate the problems of varicose veins. Just as you use hot water and soap to remove grease from your dishes, you remove the natural oils of your skin by using these two items on your body. If you prefer baths, consider adding colloidal oatmeal, which moisturizes and softens the skin, and is also useful for irritated skin .

3. Moisturize your skin. Drinking water is necessary but not sufficient. If you are well hydrated, the skin will be healthier, but it will not make a difference on its outer layers. You must use a moisturizer over the entire body during the winter months. Ideally, twice a day, just like your face, after your shower and before going to bed. Plus the dryer your skin is the more you should use a rich and nourishing cream.

4.Coat your hands with cream at night and wear cotton gloves. There is nothing better than this to heal the cracks. You can do the same thing with your feet by wearing cotton socks.

5.Use a humidifier in your room if you do not have a central humidifier. Do not forget to clean it regularly, since when wet, fungi and bacteria grow in it rapidly. To prevent the proliferation of bacteria and fungi, be sure to change the water daily and clean the unit every three days, i.e. twice a week.

6.Cover up before going out. Gloves protect your hands from chapping (the leather provides better protection). When you go outside, remember to protect your lips with wax-based products to moisturize and protect them from the wind. Just as you should not wait to be thirsty before drinking, you should not wait for your skin and lips to dry up before moisturizing. Think about prevention beforehand!

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