That’s right, the winter season has come upon us and seems to be staying around for a bit. While it brought snow, coziness and hot chocolate, it also brought cold, freezing temperatures and dry air - something that our skin is not so fond of. For this reason, we are bound to make a switch in our skincare routines. Are you ready for regeneration and deep nourishment? That's a plus of the winter months when you can indulge in richer formulas and truly pamper yourself. Before we hop into it, let’s see how winter influences the skin.
What We’re Fighting Against
A study presented in the British Journal of Dermatology has unequivocally pointed out the seasonal impact on the skin. In winter, the structure of the skin cells changes so that even healthy individuals can develop eczema, dermatitis or rosacea. The concentration of NMF (Natural Moisturizing Factor) decreases because of extremely drying exposure to cold temperatures or dry air and spending most of the time in centrally heated spaces.A GENTLE CLEANSER + LUKEWARM WATER
Cleansing is the very first step everyone’s routine should start with. Throughout the year, but especially in winter, it is extremely important not to dry out the skin further with harsh cleansers or steaming hot water. Switch to sulfate-free hydrating formulas enriched with Hyaluronic Acid for a gentler result.PEEL IT!
In winter, as our skin becomes drier and flakier, the accumulation of superficial dead skin cells increases. It can be troublesome if you suffer from acne or have a tendency for clogged pores. Go for a chemical peel - a mechanical one for face is always a big no! First off, it is not effective there, secondly, it creates micro-injuries on the skin, promoting inflammation.A GREAT TIME TO USE RETINOL & VITAMIN C!
All dermatologists are fans of wintertime in terms of it being the best time to utilize Retinol. Since Retinol can make your skin photosensitive (sensitive to the sun), the doctors couldn’t be more right. Whether you want to step up your anti-aging routine, fight hyperpigmentation or acne, now is definitively the best period. Not only will it provide the skin with active ingredients in need but it will also prevent winter - associated comedones formation or discoloration.
Moreover, did you know that the skin is more susceptible to aging processes during this season?
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MOISTURIZE YOUR WAY
It goes without saying that you need more moisturizing in winter and you need it richer. Water-based, light formulas won’t do this time! Choose moisturizers with health-giving oils and butter as well as vitamins to build up your skin’s lipid protective barrier - in cold days it is damaged more easily.
Don’t forget that the sun shines throughout the year! Use this information to make your skin glow in winter by applying sunscreen regularly. Furthermore, if you live in a snowy area, the snow tends to actually reflect sunrays more efficiently than grass or any other surface. Watch out!
USE A WINTER WONDER MACHINE
Naturally, we’re talking about an air humidifier here. It is crucial that you create an optimal, healthy environment for your skin to get by in the cruel weather conditions within the frame of your possibilities. More humid air = a happier skin.
If you have any questions concerning winter skin care please leave a comment below. A future doctor, 4th year medical student Anna will be more than happy to answer it!
- K.A. Engebretsen, S. Kezic, C. Riethmüller, J. Franz, I. Jakasa, A. Hedengran, A. Linneberg, J.D. Johansen, J.P. Thyssen. Changes in filaggrin degradation products and corneocyte surface texture by season
- Help for Dry Winter Skin; Consumer Reports on Health. Feb2018, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p10-10. 1p. 1 Color Photograph.