Winter and Your Skin
We will not start by saying that winter is the biggest foe of your skin (unless you’re in Miami). But it is not a friend either.
Dry air, low temperatures, strong winds: all of these are damaging to your skin. The problem is not only the chapped skin. Skin cells are not regularly getting hydration, which leads to a buildup of dead skin. Pores get clogged and breakouts become more frequent. Then, to “compensate” the freezing temperatures outside, people tend to increase the indoor heat, which additionally affects your skin. However, there are certain tricks to combat the winter effects on your skin and this article aims to make you aware of ways to protect it.
Winter Skincare Tips
First and foremost, let us turn to the most problematic area in winter skincare: moisturizing.
With the nose-dive of temperatures, your skin's moisture plummets as well. If not taken care of, the result is flaky and unattractive skin. The moisturizer will clear away dead skin cells that are standing in the way of fresh skin cells. We recommend nurturing your skin with a fruit moisturizer at least 3 times per week. Our advice is to apply it on a damp skin for better absorption. If you wait a little longer, the moisturizer will vanish before it gets absorbed. It is best to smooth the moisturizer on your skin when you are still in the bathroom, straight after taking a shower. The steam and the humidity facilitate the moisturizer’s penetration. Another way to humidify your skin is to use a spray, while still in the shower. Water must be off, of course.
Dermatologists highly recommend serums containing hyaluronic acid or ceramides. Another popular magic moisturizer is glyceryl glucoside, that is a type of humectant glycerin. Selaginella lepidophylla is famous for its antioxidant properties that stop water from escaping. Coconut extract is valued for its fats, which strip away in winter easily. They all boost hydration and get absorbed in the deepest skin layers. It is good to become ingredient savvy, as most products would claim they fight one thing or another. Do your research and seek Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramides, lactic acid, shea butter – all of which are excellent skin hydrators. Do not forget to drink water – to hydrate your skin, you should really start from the “inside – out”. Use a mild, almost unscented soap and wash your face preferably in the evening. Antibacterial soaps are not well-suited to wintertime, as they strip away essential oils that your skin really needs.
After you have taken care of your skin's moisturizing, it is time to turn towards the external factors, starting from your home. Keeping temperatures up at home does not come without consequences. We recommend the use of a cool vapor humidifier - it will bring moisture back into the air and benefit your skin.
When we talk about skincare, itis commonly perceived as referring only to your face. With winter being just around the corner, it is equally important to get your lips and your hands protected. First golden rule is to wear your mittens. Hand skin dislikes cold and dry weather. Good hand cream should be applied at least twice a day – morning and evening. To protect your lips, use Vaseline and restrain from biting them. Bear in mind that approximately 80% of the sun's rays are able to penetrate during winter time. Putting a sunscreen on your face and lips protects you not only from wrinkle formation but also from skin cancer.
Another part of your body that needs special attention are your feet. Find a glycerine-based lotion and apply exfoliants to get rid off the dead skin.
Things to Avoid During Winter:
- Long hot baths: We know it feels good! But the fact is that a hot shower eliminates the lipid barriers in the skin, which causes skin drying.
- Wearing rough, scratchy fabrics: Your skin will have to cope with other things during winter. Let irritation from fabrics not be one of its problems! Wear cotton and soft fabrics.
- Clay-based masks, alcohol lotions: Seek moisturizers that will not extract oils from your skin, such as clay and alcohol. These are better suited for summertime.
- Antibacterial, scented soaps: Your face can become more prone to breakouts and drying if you use these. Look for a natural, gentle scrub to use a maximum of 2-3 times per week to give way to the new skin cells.
We hope this article has helped you get a better understanding of what your skin needs and what it does not need during winter. Do you prefer your summer skincare routine to your winter skincare routine? Which ingredients do you find beneficial to help your skin glow?