The best tips to protect your skin during the winter months
Not only does your body need different clothing in winter than in summer, your skin now also needs different care than in summer. It is not only the cold that is a problem for the skin, the dry heated air does the rest.
Why is skin care different in winter than in the summer months?
Winter months are generally colder and drier than summer months.
When the skin is exposed to the harsh weather, it has to deal with and suffers from excessive dryness. Clothing protects most of our skin, but our face is mostly exposed to the weather, wind and cold.
If you stay at home, it is usually no better, as the constantly running heaters remove the moisture from the air, so you have to pay attention to appropriate winter skin care.
Moisturizing care in winter
A special part of skin care in winter is the supply of moisture by means of skin care series, which have a certain fat content .
For external use, use lotions and skin creams, do not forget any parts of the body that are prone to dryness, such as the feet.
The parts of the body that are uncovered outdoors , such as the hands and face, especially the lips, require your full attention. Use the appropriate care products if you discover dry areas there.
Also, always remember to drink enough fluids . This happens internally with water and foods that contain water (such as fruits, cucumbers, soups, etc.)
Face care in winter
At temperatures below eight degrees, the production of the sebum glands and the moisture in the skin decrease. In particular, the falling temperatures ensure drier skin . Make sure you use creams with enough fat , skin products with vegetable oils, such as argan, are also good, as they give the skin optimal support.
When it’s cold, skin care with linoleic acid or shea butter is also suitable. These have a high fat content and provide optimal protection in freezing temperatures.
Foot care in winter
The dryness favors cracks on the foot, and a thick callus is often complained about. This can be remedied by nourishing foot creams that often contain urea. You can easily apply the cream before putting on your socks, then the skin is well surrounded by nourishing substances that are later absorbed.
Hand care in winter
The first thing you see on the hands is often the traces of dry skin in winter. Without gloves, the hands are permanently exposed to the dry air in the open air, which is of course noticeable in the case of insufficient skin care. Ideally, you should use an appropriate moisturizing hand cream in the morning and evening in order to protect the skin accordingly.
Lip care in winter
Due to the cold and dryness, rough, chapped and chapped lips are a common side effect in winter. With an appropriate lip cream one can easily get these problems under control. It is recommended to use it twice a day, in the morning and in the evening.
Make-up in winter
Now is the time for a make-up that gives the skin enough moisture. Moisturizing make-up should also be adapted to the respective skin type. If the skin reacts with irritation or blemishes, the care range should of course be changed as soon as possible.
Masks in winter
In order to provide the skin with moisture quickly, you can apply a moisturizing mask several times a week . Pay attention to nourishing ingredients to pamper the skin accordingly.
Peeling in winter
For supple skin with a healthy complexion, a mild peeling is recommended once or twice a week . The skin is freed from dirt particles and dead skin flakes. Then a corresponding care lotion or cream can be applied.
Bathing and showering in winter
An extended bath in winter is a real treat for the soul, but an extended bath also stresses the skin.
It is best to shower or bathe warm (below 35 degrees), since water that is too hot absorbs natural fats. To optimally support skin care in winter, you can also add moisturizing bath additives or bath oils to the bath water.
Clothing for the skin in winter
The right clothing in winter not only ensures pleasant warmth, but also helps the skin . For example, wearing gloves in winter ensures that your hands do not lose moisture so easily, so that irritation to the skin in winter is less likely.
A good room climate for healthy skin
First of all, you should also think about humidifying the home. After all, heated rooms are just as bad for the skin as the cold temperatures outside. The dry heating air removes a lot of moisture from the skin. A humidity of 40 to 60 percent is considered optimal. To achieve this, there are humidifiers that release moist air into the room by means of hot mist. Air washers are also available, which also release moisture into the room. Other options: place a pan with water or a wet towel on the radiator.
Plants also give off moisture to the environment and are also natural humidifiers. Indoor plants such as cyprus grass can improve the indoor climate if you set up enough.
Nutrition for the skin in winter
The stress on our skin is particularly high in winter, so it makes sense to eat healthily now. A balanced diet with many vitamins is important for healthy skin . If necessary, vitamin supplements can also be used if there is insufficient supply. Those who then drink enough fluids (preferably water) also ensure good skin care from the inside.
Moisturizing products for skin care in winter
In order to additionally protect the skin from drying out, it is advisable to use moisturizing washing or shower lotions for showering ; these should also be pH-neutral (pH value 7). Shower oils are also well suited. After a shower or bath, moisturizing body lotions are the best choice for caring for the skin in winter. Products with a high proportion of moisture binders, for example with the synthetically produced urea urea, are ideal. The protective function of the skin is restored and the loss of fluid compensated.
In winter, legs and elbows in particular tend to have dry skin. Skin oils , for example with almond oil, are ideal for quick relief . You can also get intensive care for the dry areas with skin care products with shea butter. You should also support the skin internally by drinking enough liquid, preferably clear water.
Sun protection in winter
Use sun protection products regularly even in winter, especially if you are out and about in the mountains. The skin is extremely sensitive in winter and not used to the sun. In spring, despite the beautiful winter landscape, solar radiation can be very strong. Use sunscreen, moisturizer or make-up that has at least a sun protection factor of 15 . There are specially developed winter sun creams for extremely dry skin. Don’t forget to protect your lips while doing this.
Skin care for men in winter
The skin of men struggles with the same problems in winter as it does for women. Due to the different skin conditions, only special products for men should be used. This is especially true of face creams. You can easily share the skin care products for hands and feet with your partner.
Skin care for children in winter
Younger children should not be bathed too often and hot, especially in winter , as this would only irritate the skin unnecessarily. If irritation of the skin is noticed, help should be given with appropriate care products. To keep the cold away from your skin, you should always bring warm but comfortable clothing.
Skin care products for the winter
When choosing skin care products, you should be careful not to use any products that remove moisture from the skin. So always make sure to use alcohol-free or at least skin products with a low alcohol content.
With the right skin care, you can look after your skin very well in winter and protect it from damage.
Until next time, Happy Winters