Winter winds are beginning to flow making us feel cold when sun is not present to warm us up. But this cold breeze along with soothing us is also making our skin go dry. Winter weather is not fun for skin. Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day.
The main cause of skin changes associated with a sudden switch to cold, dry air is a reduction in your skin’s natural moisturizing factor (NMF). It is a natural blend of amino acids that helps maintain skin moisture levels. Dry skin has lower levels of NMF, and environmental factors like sun exposure and dry air can reduce NMF even further. As a result there is increased dryness and flaking skin.
To reduce chapping, redness, itching, and keep skin more healthy and comfortable this season, try these tips.
#1 Listen to your skin
A change in climate can lead to a change in skin type. Depending on where you live (or travel) you may be “oily” in the summer and “dry” during the due to the state of your skin’s barrier. Some people incorrectly refer to this as combination skin, but it’s actually a change in skin type caused by environmental factors. Any time your skin type changes, it is necessary to adjust your skincare regimen accordingly.
#2 Switch to a soap-free, non-foaming cleanser
Foamy, lathering cleaners have an alkaline pH, whereas our skin’s pH is acidic. That means their alkalinity can strip away your skin’s acid mantle, which is the barrier that protects it from drying out as well as the elements and bacterial invaders. Soap-free, non-lathering cleansers have a neutral pH, so they don’t disturb the acidic pH of your skin and are much less drying.
#3 Wash is Luke warm water
Hot showers and baths always feel good in the winter, but when you can, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin. Also limit showers to 15-minutes or less, using warm water, rather than hot water.
#4 Use a richer moisturizer more often
If you have oily skin and your daily sunscreen usually provides enough hydration, add extra moisture into your skincare routine with a hydrating serum or lotion. If your skin is dry year-round, switch to a more intense cream or balm for cooler weather. Remember your skin not only needs more moisture, but moisture right after you wash. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle near the bathtub, shower stall, and at every sink and use liberally every time you wash.
#5 Wear soft clothing.
Avoid putting on abrasive or irritating fabrics like wool or polyester directly against your skin, especially the neck. Stick to soft fabrics, such as cotton, especially if they are in direct contact with your skin.
Protecting your skin is very important. Get used to wearing gloves and scarves to protect skin from cold winds. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen. Winter sun can be just as damaging as summer sun. And don’t forget the lip balm with SPF because this is delicate skin more vulnerable to cold and UV rays. Reapplying regularly is key for keeping lips smooth and soft.
#7 Eat the winter protection food.
The best are high-antioxidant fruits and vegetables in this season. So eat up lots of cranberries, blueberries, pumpkin, pomegranate and squash. These foods will help feed your skin from the inside out and keep it looking its youngest most beautiful best. Also try hydrating watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Also consider Be omega-3 supplements or consume more fatty fish and flaxseed to give your skin the building blocks it needs to appear supple and smooth.
We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like cocoa and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time.
#9 Exfoliate gently.
We often forget to help the skin slough off dead cells in the winter, particularly on our hands. Yet moisture can’t get in if the dead cells are too plentiful. Find an exfoliating mask and use it on your face and your hands, as well as gently on your lips, then follow immediately with moisture to truly see a smoother difference.
#10 Don’t forget overnight moisturizing of sensitive areas.
Dryer areas like hands, feet, elbows, and knees have thin skin and tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body. Consider slathering on a deep moisturizing balm or lotion at night. Try finding lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerin. You can wear gloves and socks to avoid rubbing the moisturizer away to your bed sheets.
So people Keep glowing and flaunting healthy skin this winter!
Have a happy winter!
Dr. Asmita Sawe.
[Homeopath, Nutritionist, Acupressure Therapist & Reiki Master.]
Rejoice Wellness Pvt Ltd.