How to take care of your skin in winter.
Winter is already beginning to be felt in many latitudes, where temperatures have started to drop progressively. And, of course, faced with this weather change, we began to take out our winter clothes to protect our bodies.
But an important part that is affected by this climate is the skin of our face, which, being so delicate, deserves special care during these winter months. Therefore, today we will talk about the special attention that you should give to your face to get through the cold without dying in the attempt.
How cold affects the skin
Both rain, wind and cold weather, when they come abruptly, affect the skin. Because low temperatures cause the capillaries to contract and reduce blood flow. Thus hindering the transport of oxygen and nutrients, accumulating dead cells in most surface layers of the skin.
This makes the face look pale and opaque with a feeling of tightness, tending to be dry and sensitive. Finer and lighter-colored skin is more affected by this type of change. So, in winter, deep hydration becomes more necessary compared to other seasons.
Hygiene and facial care in winter
The core of skin care is cleansing. And since our face is the part of the body most exposed to external agents, including the weather, it´s essential to use a suitable cleanser that respects the maximum skin barrier. So, it is almost mandatory to use a neutral soap, preferably containing surfactants, to avoid irritation.
Likewise, we recommend avoiding aggressive exfoliations. Go for products that contain lactic acid, gluconolactone or enzymatic exfoliants. And, of course, use it a maximum of twice a week. Do not forget to hydrate your lips, so you must keep them protected with products based on vitamin e, shea oil, and avocado, which provide softness to this delicate skin that is susceptible to drying out.
Exposure to natural light is just as harmful in summer as in autumn and winter.
So, sunscreen is mandatory at all times when you are exposed to the sun or outdoors.
UV rays are the main cause of photoaging since it accelerates the appearance of signs of ageing, such as wrinkles and spots.
Therefore, sunscreen is essential because it is the most powerful shield to avoid severe skin damage.
Steps to care for your skin in winter
On the face, body and lips.
Staying hydrated is essential in winter since, due to the change in temperature, which drops significantly, the skin tends to dry out more than usual.
Therefore, resort to a creamier moisturizer than you usually use to keep skin emollients at their normal levels.
Avoid excessive hand washing
Yes, we know that we come from a campaign where frequent hand washing was the rule.
However, excessive hand washing will dry the skin in this area twice as much.
So try to use antibacterial so as not to resort to the wash every so often, and have a special hand cream on hand in case you can’t avoid going to the sink.
Use neutral products
Avoid highly alkaline soaps that irritate the skin.
On the contrary, use neutral or mild soaps and products that, in addition to gently cleaning, maintain hydration in the skin.
Avoid very hot or very cold water
Both extremes will give the same result, dry skin. Therefore, use lukewarm water to shower and avoid doing it more than once a day.
Protect your eyes too
Especially if you visit or are in places with snow, since it reflects 80% of solar radiation.
Remember to wear a good coat and gloves.
Protection from the cold will not only depend on the products you use and the cleaning routines you use. But it also depends on your clothes, so it is vital to have a good coat and a pair of gloves that keep our body warm to prevent it from drying out.
Avoid temperature changes
We know that sometimes it is not in our hands. However, avoid moving from one environment to another abruptly as much as possible. Since this increases the possibility of the appearance of dilated capillaries on the face (especially on the cheeks), making this an aesthetic problem.
Skincare in winter
Suppose you do not have sensitive skin and are used to following a skincare care routine. These active ingredients are highly recommended for frequent care and cold days: vitamin C, retinoic acid, glycolic acid and hydroxy acids (with an important anti-ageing function).
In the same way, products that contain alcohol, preservatives or perfumes that can irritate the skin should be avoided. And remember to moisturize it immediately when washing it, ensuring that the texture of the cream is light for oily skin or a little heavier for normal and dry skin.
Masks and deep hydration
A very important step during these winter days is to take 1-2 days to do deep hydration. Either with masks or some aesthetic treatment that helps keep your skin bright and hydrated.
Avoid tobacco and alcohol
In addition to wreaking havoc on health, they also contribute to dry skin and premature aging.
Take care of your diet
Try to eat healthily and stay hydrated by consuming plenty of water throughout the day.
To keep up to date with the latest in skincare and health in these cold months, subscribe to our newsletter and don’t miss out on the latest fashion and beauty news.