Why you should take care of your skin during winter?


Winters seem to have some "less-fun" aspects to them (as opposed to the fun aspects such as sitting by the fire, steaming mugs of cocoa, and Christmas). We're talking about the trademark dry and itchy skin that develops for the long haul. While it is beneficial to look towards a decent humidifier at the first sign of chilly weather, the dry atmosphere and internal heat may compromise your skin's health further. Additionally, it takes time to build a daily routine that helps maintain hydrated and luminous skin. Fret not, since we are here to talk about just that! We shall discuss here the best guide for dry skin reduction, with the insights garnered from top international dermatologists. All your skincare concerns such as 'how to take care of dry skin in winter' or 'how to treat dry skin in winter' shall be addressed here. 

There are plenty of easy ways to combat the triggers of dry winter skin that will help keep your skin moist and luscious during the winters and beyond.  For e.g., after taking a shower with lukewarm water, a towel dries your skin and add a thick moisturizer later, as per the recommendations of Linda Stein Gold, a dermatologist at Henry Ford Hospital, Michigan. For more such healthy tips, keep reading:

Good Winter Skin, Top 10 Tips

  1. To optimize the moisture content of your skin, invest in a decent room humidifier.
  2. To avoid dryness, lower your house's thermostat, or avoid using the room heater for prolonged periods.
  3. Lower the duration and temperature of your hot-water shower sessions.
  4. Use gentle, fragrance-free cleansers, and moisturizers.
  5. Modify the facial skin treatment routine to include more hydrating creams/serums.
  6. Moisturize your hands, arms, and knees regularly.
  7. Throw away your old, regular moisturizing lotions. Invest in a rich, oil-based moisturizer.
  8. Include more vegetables in your diet.
  9. Get your routine fix of omega 3 fatty acids.
  10. Stop using soaps manufactured with toxic compounds.
  11. Give yourself a coconut oil massage.
  12. Start sipping some pomegranate juice
  13. Exfoliate gently.

Why does our skin dry during winters?

During the winter season, your hands might turn rough, red (or maybe even pale in the excessive cold), raw, while your skin might start peeling out due to excessive dryness.

Dry skin develops when your skin does not retain enough moisture — for instance, because of excessive bathing, aging, using harsh soaps, or undergoing medical conditions. Winters pose a unique issue because not only is humidity low both indoors and outdoors, but also the moisture content of the epithelium (skin's outermost layer) goes remarkably down. However, there are several inexpensive and easy tricks you can gainfully employ to relieve some of the stress of your winter induced dry skin, medically known as winter xerosis or winter itch.

How To Treat Dry Skin In Winter

Here are some effective methods to combat winter dry skin:

  • Invest in a good humidifier to withstand the winters. Set the dial to somewhere about 60%, a level probably enough to replenish the epidermis' moisture.
  • Restrict yourself to a single 5-10 minute bath a day. If you bathe for longer, then you might rob yourself of the skin's natural oils, as discussed before.
  • Consider soap-free cleansers such as Oilatum-AD, Aquanil, and Cetaphil.
  • Steer clear of all alcohol-based products (except a hand-sanitizer in the context of COVID-19)
  • Use bath oils with caution: keeping their use as minimal as possible.
  • To reduce trauma on your skin, avoid scrub brushes, washcloths, and bath sponges. You do not necessarily have to throw them all out, however, if you want. Just minimize their exposure to your skin. Hence, you should blot or pat dry (not rub) your skin with a good, microfiber towel.
  • Apply a moisturizer right after taking a bath or washing your hands. This would allow you to fill-in space in between your skin's cells while sealing in moisture in your damp skin.
  • To reduce feeling excessively greasy, just use the coin-sized amount of thick lotions and petroleum jelly, and spread it evenly thin all over your affected, dry areas until you do not feel greasy anymore.
  • Never, scratch vigorously, even if the itch is excessively intense. Usually, a good lotion is cure enough for itches like these. You can even just pat some oil on your itchy spots to relieve them.

Winter Skin Care Products

Here are some common winter care essentials

  1. Common Winter Skin Care Products - A cream-based cleanser
  2. A hydrating toner
  3. A nutrient-rich moisturizer
  4. Moisturizing serum
  5. A mild defoliator
  6. A thick body lotion
  7. Lip balm

Skincare routine for winters

It might seem too clichéd to be saying that your wardrobe alone does not need a turnover during winters—but your skincare products as well. Those light charcoal cleansers and gel-based lotions that worked alright during the summers might not withstand December's or January’s cold wrath. As the mercury dips, constant exposure to frigid and dry air, along with indoor heaters suck out all the moisture levels from your skin, stripping it off essential oils necessary for healthy skin. These fundamental conditions may also lead to heightened skin sensitivity, and irritation. Bottom line: Overhaul your set of beauty products to accommodate more from the list mentioned above.

If you discover that your skin is flaking excessively, give dry brushing a try. This involves using a light brush in a circular motion on the scalp. This highly effective mechanical action can be wonderful for winter skin exfoliation and lymphatic drainage. Besides, it is an easy hack for a quick self-massage.  

Conclusion

Winters-with their onslaught of harsh weather- also bring with themselves a splendid opportunity for incorporating highly targeted skin treatments. For instance, those dealing with eczema can take advantage of aloe and ceramide skin treatment. On the other hand, while those looking for anti-aging properties from their products might seek a night mask containing bakuchiol or retinol.

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