Winter is a challenge for the skin. The wind, snow, cold air, indoor heating and even clothing are hard on skin and can dry it out. How can you care for your skin? Why is your skin drier in winter? How can you protect and hydrate it? Find out how to adapt your beauty routine to winter!
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Beautiful wintertime skin 101To have beautiful skin all winter long, you first have to understand how the skin works. So here we go!
Better understand how the skin worksThe skin is a natural shield protecting the body from outside irritants. It is our biggest organ and the only one that’s exposed to the elements. Although many people only see its aesthetic side, the skin plays many roles. It protects us from the outside world and keeps us balanced by hydrating our body and by absorbing sunshine to produce vitamin D. It also is a major source of elimination since a large quantity of toxins are released every day via the skin (by sweating). Some even say that the skin is our third kidney. But, actually, the skin plays a big role in absorption. So, all this means it’s really very important to pay special attention to the quality of the products we put on our skin since they quickly find their way into the blood.
Why does my skin dry out faster in winter?The skins works much harder in winter to keep our body at the right temperature. Wide variations between indoor and outdoor temperatures tend to accelerate the evaporation of the natural moisture contained in the body’s hydrolipidic film. In winter, this film is unable to produce enough sebum to be an effective barrier from the outside world. And this can have unpleasant effects, like sensitive skin, rashes, dehydration, etc.
Winter skin problems to watch forHere are a few of the most common wintertime skin problems:
- Chapped lips: The lips are the most sensitive part of the face and often the first indication of dry skin. As soon as the weather gets cold and dry, care for your lips with a natural product.
- Rashes and stretched, dry and itchy skin: The skin suddenly loses its moisture and sebum, becoming even drier. Everyone’s skin doesn’t react the same in winter, but most of us notice our skin getting sensitive and very dry, which can cause irritation and itching.
- Dry hands: Is the skin on your hands dry (even very, very dry)? The primary culprit are over-washing that dry out the skin.
- Dandruff: Extreme winter temperatures also irritate and dehydrate your scalp. Do you have more dandruff than usual or maybe your scalp itches? Don’t worry! It’s normal. Try hydrating shampoos and conditioners that match the pH of your hair.