We all know that in the winter there is a definite shift towards our skin being a lot drier than usual.
Why is skin drier in winter?
Why is it that on certain mornings or evenings, suddenly, skin starts to tighten, itch and becomes dry? The answer is simple: it gets dehydrated.
In the fall, the air is quite humid, but in the winter, when it starts to get quite cold, this is accompanied by much drier air. And automatically, skin will become dehydrated, because this air will literally absorb the moisture from the skin.
In winter, external aggressions (cold, wind and heating) on the skin very often lead to dehydration,
tightness, redness, irritation, itching. Indeed, the cold attacks the skin of the face by attacking
directly to the protective layer of the epidermis called the “hydrolipidic film”. As a result, we have dry skin (and all the little ones
hassles that come with it!). It is therefore important to protect it by moisturizing it as much as possible.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP COMBAT THIS DEHYDRATED SKIN?
- Hydration is the priority: whatever your skin type, it is necessary to use an appropriate routine daily that will provide the skin with sufficient hydration levels. If you have dry to very dry skin, deep nourishment with a cream containing Mango butter or Shea butter is the way to treat skin throughout the day and help it restructure. If, on the contrary, you have combination to oily skin, high concentrations of Glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and phospholipids will regulate excess sebum in oily areas while filling the skin’s lack of ceramides, essential for retaining hydration and preventing skin does not compensate for a water deficiency by an overproduction of sebum.
- Always include your night routine as to help repair the damage that occurred during the day.
- Reduce the frequency of scrubs and exfoliation, especially if you are over 50
Exfoliating regularly removes dead cells and toxins. However, our skin is highly stressed in winter, an overly abrasive exfoliation can cause irritation. It is therefore necessary to choose a gentle exfoliation, with fine grains. Then perform a gentle exfoliation (circular massage without pressure). You can do this treatment every 15 days, this will be enough (if not more than once a week).
- Stay hydrated internally
Overheated house interiors and exterior bad weather attack your skin and dry it out. Although we have just seen all the actions to be taken externally to hydrate your skin well, it is also important to hydrate well internally. This will allow you to maintain supple skin, regenerate your epidermis and thus fight against cellular aging.
To stay hydrated internally, you must:
– Drink sufficient water: Ideally 2 liters of water per day and more for physical activities. And this regularly throughout the day. Water will help you flush out toxins while hydrating your body.
- Eat your hydration
Choose foods rich in vitamin C and essential fatty acids (fish
fat, dried fruits, citrus fruits, hazelnuts …).
Foods rich in fatty acids help the skin fight against exterior aggressions
These are the good ones: fats contained, among others, in almonds and
oilseeds. Vegetable oils (olive oil, rapeseed oil, etc.) are also useful for hydration of the skin. They are used ideally uncooked to be better digested by the body.
This phenomenon is aggravated by the heating of houses, but also by hot baths and even by certain winter clothes which aggravate skin irritations.
To take hydration a step further, you can also consume Aloe Vera gel to drink, which will revitalize you, as if your body is regenerating itself from the inside out. The skin is hydrated. Its anti-inflammatory action brings comfort, limiting irritation and itching …