The changes in temperature that our skin suffers in winter cause us to dry out and dehydrate. In this season, the skin is exposed to adverse external conditions related to the weather, such as cold, wind, lack of humidity, etc., but also to other conditions such as abrupt temperature variations ( cold of the street/heat of heating in closed places) and other factors such as pollution, that is why here we give you the keys to knowing how to take care of our skin in winter.
In winter, what is most noticeable are the hydration and skin nutrition levels where the barrier function is altered and we have to compensate that dryness and dehydration, but how? We have to focus our efforts on face, hands, and lips. But in addition to these areas, there are other parts of the body such as arms and legs that deserve attention and especially areas that dry out more like the elbows and knees.
It is essential to use facials with formulas that repair, but at the same time nourish the dermis because the cold alters the hydrolipidic film responsible for regulating hydration and flexibility of the stratum corneum, of which it is coated. If the latter weakens, the skin becomes dry and is more sensitive to the aggression of external agents. On the other hand, when the stratum corneum is intact, the water present in the skin is retained effectively and it remains toned and elastic.
Next, you will find some tips that will help you to take care of your skin during the winter season.
Tips that You Can Follow in Winter
1. External hydration: it’s vital to protect the skin of the face with a cream that helps fight the loss of lipids of the epidermis. In general, dermatologists advise creams that contain paraffin, glycerin, oils and ingredients such as coconut, shea, and jojoba.
2. Food is very important: to protect the skin from the inside and to help it regenerate and to be healthy, during the winter you must consume lots of liquids. Drink water, but also tea, herbal infusions, and natural juices. By moisturizing more, you will see improvements in the skin.
3. Pay attention to the products you use: be careful with the type of facial products you use for your daily cleaning routine. There are products that can be aggressive for the face during winters such as some for oily skin or those that contain a lot of foam because they will dry the skin even more. For cleaning, use water that is not too cold, accompanied by a product that contains coconut milk or soft cleansing almonds.
4. Countryside vs. City: if you live in the city, use creams that also have ingredients to protect from external factors such as pollution. If you live in the countryside and in addition, is a place where snow falls, it is also important that the creams have a high sun protection factor because with the snow the intensity of the UV increases.
5. Fluid makeup: as far as make-up is concerned, opt for fluid and hydrating foundations. Those that are powdered, unless they are especially concentrated in active nutrients, are likely to dry the skin even more.
6. Temperature changes: going from extreme cold to heat is one of the main enemies of the skin. It can cause lesions on the cheeks or lips, characterized by unsightly red spots. For this reason, use always a cream protector with coconut to protect your face and also use a labial protector.
7. Avoid very hot showers: this point can be quite complicated for those who adore showering with very hot water even in summer. Too hot water helps to deprive the skin of its natural protective barrier, which can cause it to lose hydration and become more fragile. The water should not leave your skin red after the shower. In addition, will be helpful if you use a shower gel with some hydration cream.
Experts agree that sleep is a very important factor for the skin. There are studies that show that between 11 pm and 4 am, a peak of collagen production is registered, a process of detoxification and regeneration is activated, therefore, the lack of sleep causes the skin to lose luminosity. Hence, the beauty industry has placed so much emphasis on creams for night use because it is precisely when our skin is most receptive.