Winter skin care.
Most people start preparing their clothes & even house quite before the onset of winter. But They don’t do the same for their skin. It is anyway wonder they can’t shake that dry, itchy feeling during the winter months?
No doubt the drop in temperature, combined with low humidity can strip the skin of moisture and cause dryness and cracking. However, making a few simple changes to your daily skin care Routine in the winter months can help offset this problem.
When it is come to skin care routines, there is no such thing as a common rule. For some it is essential to follow a separate routine in the winter as well as in summer. When humidity is decreases, the skin loses the moisture & the skin feels dry & it may itch. Therefore it is a essential to change your skin care regimen.
Naturally there are certain oils on the surface of the skin, which protect the skin from losing the moisture thereby keeping it soft, supple. Then also your skin losses the moisture & every time you wash face, you strip away the lipids thereby drying your skin. However the skin can replenish it from the atmosphere provide the humidity is high. But when the Humidity is low (During extreme cold & hot climate) along with hot bathes and shower, your skin is bound to become dry & irritated.
Use a mild soap during the winter soap like Dove is the best for the season. The most important winter skin care tip is to moisturize properly. When choosing a moisturizer check product labels and look for lotions and cream containing any of the following ingridients : petroleum, mineral oil, linoleic acid, ceramides; dimethicone; or glycerin. For best results, it is recommended to apply moisturizers to the skin within three minutes after the bath. This will help trap the water in the upper layers of the skin and decrease dryness and itching.
Those with sensitive skin may feel skin irritation with woolen clothes, for them, they shouldn’t wear woolen directly on the skin. In addition, certain cosmetic ingredients, such as antioxidants, can provide added benefits to your skin care routine in the winter. On an average day, your skin is exposed to pollution and ultraviolet rays from the sun that can cause aging and other damage.
These lead to free radical formation and can increase the skin’s aging process. Antioxidants can counteract these free radicals and help to prevent aging skin, and even skin cancer. In addition, retinoid can help the winter skin. They can be used to decrease acne and oiliness, reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots, and help prevent the signs of aging. They help reduce the sun spots. But these can be irritating to the skin & lead to dryness, flaking & redness. So its essential to use them with heavy moisturizer & sunscreens.
Winter Skin Care Tips
What can you do to keep your skin from becoming dry throughout the winter?
Winter skin isn’t always dry. You may be able to keep your skin looking soft, smooth, and vibrant all winter long by making certain changes to your skin care routine and habits, as well as using the proper products.
Let’s take a deeper look at 5 recommendations that can help you improve your skin’s health during the winter months.
1. Moisturize Shortly After Bath.
You remove your skin’s natural oils every time you wash your face, hands, or body. It’s critical to update these oils since they help to seal in moisture. That’s why, especially in the winter, it’s critical to use a moisturizer every time you wash your hands.
Keep a bottle of moisturizer next to your sink as a reminder, and carry a travel-size moisturizer with you when you’re out and about.
2. Use Sunscreen on a Daily Basis.
It’s tempting to skip sunscreen in the mornings during the winter because of the shorter days and less sunlight, but don’t. Even in the winter, damaging UV rays can cause damage to your skin’s moisture barrier, which is essential for skin health and hydration.
After using a moisturizer in the morning, apply a layer of sunscreen.
3. Use Treatments That Last Overnight
Overnight treatments are a fantastic technique to hydrate and prevent dry skin. Emollients are excellent moisturizers. However, because they’re a thicker sort of cream, they may take longer to seep into your skin.
Your skin will have the time it needs to absorb the therapy and the emollient will supply your skin with the moisture and oils it need if you apply an emollient to your skin overnight.
4. Make Changes to Your Skin-Care Routine
If your facial skin appears to be particularly sensitive or inflamed as a result of the dry winter air, you might wish to simplify your skin care routine for the time being.
Keep in mind that your skin’s moisture barrier must be healthy in order for serums, toners, and other beauty treatments to work properly.
Also, inflamed skin may be more sensitive to chemicals such as scent and alcohol. As a result, things that would typically feel nice on your face may become irritants.
Keep your skin care routine as easy as possible. In the morning, use only a moisturizer and sunscreen, and at night, use a light cleanser with a moisturizer.
5. Put on Your Gloves.
Gloves are the most effective physical barrier against environmental chemicals that might dry up your hands’ skin.
Wear warm gloves while going outside in the cold and silicone gloves when washing dishes to protect your hands.
Keeping your hands smooth and hydrated can be as simple as limiting the amount of dry air and hot water that comes into contact with them.
If you’re applying ointment to your hands or feet, use a plastic bag or gloves to keep the emollient from getting on your sheets or bed coverings.
If you are having trouble dealing with your skin, in spite of the weather, my best advice is to visit a dermatologist who can work with you to devise a personal skin care regimen.
Consultant Dermatologist & Cosmetologist
Shree wardhan Complex, Wardha Road, Nagpur.