You've heard that the skin is the largest organ of your body a thousand times before, and that is why we put so much thought and effort into keeping it nice and healthy. There are so many dermatological words like ceramides, trace elements, pH and allantoin and many more; some we can’t even bring ourselves to pronounce correctly. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about today. We are here to give you beauty tips for winter; how to take care of your skin during these cold months. It is important you give special attention to hydration. Your skin needs it more during the cold months to stay soft and youthful.
Why is Our Skin More Dehydrated During Winter?
It's a vicious cycle: warm shower we desperately need plus the heating system eliminate the little moisture there is left on our dry skin we tend to have this time of the year. Then we leave our house in scarf, gloves and hats, and warm clothes but our face is still there “naked”, enduring the cold temperatures. The cold wind and air rapidly depletes the moisture in our skin making it dry and flaky which later will result in fine lines and wrinkles.
That’s not all. We tend to make the mistake of not wearing sun screen during the cold months assuming that the sun is being lazy. That’s a big mistake. Just because we don’t see it shining, doesn't mean the sun is not working. The sun and ultraviolet rays continue to rage. And some days when there is a bit of a sun shine, don’t make the mistake of sun bathing. (I know it’s nice, but it’s not worth it!) The heat from the sun ray combines with the cold wind is probably the worst enemies to your skin.
So be sure to stock up some moisturizers that are of organic oil like almond oil, coconut oil, and moisturizers with sodium PCA as moisturizing agent. Synthetic oil like mineral oil (found in baby lotion and many body lotions) gives you temporary relief. It dries out your skin in the long run.
Winter Is Not Necessarily All Bad For Your Skin
Besides having to be extremely careful to prevent the skin from drying out and losing elasticity due to weather, winter is the ideal time to repair and treat sun damage spots.
How do we go about that? In this post, I'll propose three parallel roads to travel and beat the cold and heal your skin with the use of products, developing good habits, and dermatological treatments.
Let’s Start off with the Moisturizing Products;
A moisturizing cream is used when you want to restore water to provide the amount needed by skin cells to feed their metabolic functions in the deeper layers. This type of product is typically rich in ceramides, vitamins E, C and A, minerals, amino acids and trace elements.
Another type of moisturizing cream has the ingredients that are supposed to help retain moisture and acts as a protective barrier preventing evaporation of water contained in the tissue. This type of moisturizers is rich in glycerine, urea, allantoin and panthenol.
There is also the type of moisturizer that is fast-absorbing balm. It is a good alternative to creams because it can harmonize the balance of hydration and nourishing moisturizer.
Expert Tips: get used to the habit of moisturizing on face, neck and hands after shower daily. That is the best time to moisturize because the skin horned layer softens and allows better penetration.
Choosing The Right Moisturizer For Your Skin Type
- Normal skin: creams or lotions with retinoic acid, alpha hydroxy acids or antioxidants
- Oily Skin: gels and lotions with alpha hydroxy acids or retinoic acid, preferably oil-free
- Dry skin: creams with ingredients like methylsilanol (sea algae), furfuryladenine (kinetin), vitamin C. Also, emollients, vitamins A and E, aloe vera and urea
Develop Good Habits For Nice Healthy Skin
There are things you can do, that although you are not guaranteed to have perfect skin, they still do help a lot:
- Use moisturizing soaps and cosmetics with a suitable pH balance
- Even though the only way to get out of bed to turn it into a sauna shower, it is healthier you use warm water. The bathing water that is too hot only damages the protective layers of the skin
- Use makeup remover daily (even if you don’t wear makeup)
- Always wear sunscreen
- Drink plenty of water (if not, your body will to consume the liquid of your skin).
On the other hand, there are habits that you should give up
- There are habits that harm your skin and you need to give them up as soon as possible, and they are:
- Smoking, taking diuretics, laxatives or excessive alcohol
- Using poor quality cosmetics
- Excessive hygiene (every time you bathe, water, sponge and detergent soaps drag the hydrolipidic from your skin which results over drying and flakiness of skin)
- And, of course, nothing can replace a healthy diet and physical activity.
Clean: Apply a good cleaning emulsion or cream once or twice daily.
Tone: fresh water, thermal or tonic lotions.
Moisturize: Apply thin layers of the moisturizer of your choice (based on your skin type as explained above). Thicker layers will only result in waste of product.
Skin Treatments: Make Technology Your Ally
The new appliances our on the market provide solutions to our skin problems. The following is my favorite treatment of all time:
Deep facial moisturizing
- Firstly, thoroughly clean your face
- Then use a microdermabrasion device and go over each area of your skin but avoid under the eyes, lips, and nose sides.
- Once finished, put a hydrating mask with Aloe Vera extract on and leave it for 10-15 minutes, no more. This is a common mistake many people make. They go about doing other things while having the mask on and exceed the recommended time. If you let that happens, the mask will suck back the moisture of your skin.
- After that, I apply skincare products with active ingredients (Vitamin C, glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, plant stem cell serum.
- This should be done 3- 4 times every 21 days. This routine does not interfere with your daily life and the results, although they are progressive, they begin to be felt from the first time you do it.
- It costs about $ 450 per session at dermatologist’s clinic.
This is a guest post by Claire Mier from GetCurvyNow.com . If you are also interested to write for HealthResource4u, Please check our guest posting guidelines at write for us.