9 ways to avoid having dry skin in winter
Things are happening right now: sweater weather, coffee with milk for the holidays and dry skin. And we are not excited about that last.
As the temperature of the air decreases, so do the humidity levels, which remove moisture from the skin cells. It combines that with the wind and the internal heat (both deplete its protective barrier, which makes skin hydration difficult) and the risk of dryness, redness and peeling increases. If you are prone to eczema or rosacea, winter weather can exacerbate those conditions.
No matter what type of skin you have, even oily skin feels the effects when you turn on the thermostat. In the cold, your skin tries to conserve heat by constricting the blood vessels, which in turn dries the outer layers of the skin, which makes it feel dry and dull.
But you can make sure your skin stays soft and smooth throughout the season, here are how to:
1. Invest in a humidifier
This will help maintain moisture in the air and prevent the conditions that lead to dry and flaky skin in the first place. It is especially useful to sleep with one at night, when the skin is doing its deepest restoration work.
2. Keep your skin covered when you're out in the cold
Scarves, hats, gloves, etc. Wind combined with cold temperatures can quickly dry exposed skin. It also helps to use natural materials such as cotton. Synthetic fabrics can itch and irritate sensitive skin, drying it in the process.
3. Skip the showers and long hot baths
They deplete the skin's lipid layer! Instead, keep the hot water temperature and duration in less than five minutes. Do not rub, dry the skin with a cotton towel, and immediately apply the body cream while the skin is moist for maximum absorption.
4. Use skin care products with aggressive active ingredients in moderation
Acne medications and anti-aging serums with powerful ingredients such as retinol may have dry side effects. Limiting use to alternate days can help mitigate peeling.
5. Stock up on products with the right active ingredients
Ceramides help create a strong shield and retain the necessary moisture in the skin. Meanwhile, probiotics and prebiotics can increase the natural production of ceramides and balance the skin's pH (both musts for a healthy barrier). When used in serums and creams, it can help increase the fatty acid content of the skin, an essential component in the barrier function.
6. Change your light moisturizer for one that has ingredients such as shea butter to maintain hydration
If you also have adaptive hydration technology (code for a flexible lipid layer that contracts and loosens by changing moisture levels to ensure that the skin receives the ideal amount of moisture from the surrounding air), it will be incredibly beneficial for your health.
7. Exchange your foaming bath gel for a lotion-based formula
Foam washes often contain drying components called surfactants that make the skin barrier dirty.
8. Apply moisturizer on dry skin
Preferably one minute out of the shower to block moisture and, if you are sensitive, skip the scented formulas, as they can cause dryness.
9. Treat your hands with ingredients such as glycerin and chamomile
They are among the most difficult areas to treat, but these ingredients are up to the task. Glycerin is a moisturizer that extracts water from the air to the outer layer of the skin and serves as a protective layer that helps prevent moisture loss. Chamomile, meanwhile, is ideal for dry skin and eczema due to its anti-inch and anti-inflammatory properties.