Overcoming Winter Skin Blues
Overcoming Winter Skin Blues
Fight winter-induced aging and emerge with a glowing complexion! Fortunately, you can weatherproof winter skin and maintain a supple and radiant complexion this season! Following some basic skin care tips during winter can help prevent these winter skin blues and keep your skin looking and feeling healthy and glowing.
Many of us can already feel the excitement of the season changing. The crisp chill in the air, the warmth of cozying up indoors, the thrill of winter sports, and the anticipated holiday season have us hyped up for the traditional shift in season. However, nobody can deny that winter can wreak havoc on skin.
Our skin is exposed to various damaging elements during the winter, including dry air and biting cold winds that can deplete the natural oils that keep the skin hydrated. As a result the skin becomes dull, chapped, cracked or flaky, unpleasant to the touch, and often itchy. Dry skin not only feels uncomfortable, but it also magnifies skin imperfections including fine lines and wrinkles.
Fortunately, you can weatherproof winter skin and maintain a supple and radiant complexion this season! Following some basic skin care tips during winter can help prevent these winter skin blues and keep your skin looking and feeling healthy and glowing.
The skin is the largest organ in the body and one of its functions is to protect the organism from external aggressions. Some main external factors that influence the skin in the winter include: cold weather, wind, humidity, sudden changes in temperature, and excessive indoor heating. All these factors severely dehydrate the skin and can result in prematurely aged skin.
Most of us experience the winter’s toll of dryness and irritation, and in some cases the cold weather can actually increase the risk of several skin diseases. The exposure to the cold can trigger atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, chilblains, and hives, which are identified by inflammation, poor blood circulation, itchiness, blisters, and/or paleness. In the least, many of us suffer from uncomfortable dryness and lackluster skin come the winter climate.
Just as we switch our clothing wardrobes to fit the cold season, it’s also time to update our skin wardrobes to prevent our skin from losing its luster. Follow these simple ways to overcome the annual skin challenge and learn how to get glowing skin this season:
- Hype up the humidity. The National Institute of Health explains that indoor heating and cold air outdoors drop humidity, and that some heating systems also dry out skin. While cranking up the heat or lighting up the fireplace keeps you toasty and warm, they do suck moisture out of the air, which can lead to dry skin. One way to free your skin from itching, cracking, and flaking is to invest in a humidifier, which will help keep moisture in both the air and your skin. Alternatively you can place a wet towel over the radiator or a bowl with cold water in the room.
- Winterize your skin care regimen. Bring on the hydrating boost to compensate for the moisture that winter strips away! Switch to a nourishing oil-based cleanser and apply a hydrating serum before applying moisturizer in the morning and night. Opt for a serum rich in essential fatty acids-omega 3, 6 and 9, which prevent dryness and reduce inflammation, making it ideal for winter-induced sensitive and dry skin. Always moisturize within a few minutes after washing your face or bathing to trap the moisture in your skin.
- Introduce Anti Aging. Blustery weather dehydrates and dulls the skin, which speeds up the skin’s aging process. The winter is the opportune time to introduce your skin to a retinol serum to slough off dead cells, while facilitating the growth of healthy, new skin cells. Retinol aids in exfoliating dry, damaged skin and accelerating cell-turnover. The best antiaging products with retinol can help return your youthful glow as well as prevent the development of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Don’t skimp on sunscreen. If there is enough light outside to read the newspaper, there are enough ultraviolet rays that contribute to wrinkles, age spots and skin cancer — even in winter (especially when the sun’s rays hit you from above and below reflecting off the snow). Apply a moisturizing sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 about half an hour before going out.
- Skip long hot soaks. As tempting as a long, hot bath or shower seems when we need to defrost, think twice: Extended exposure to too-hot water can strip skin’s natural oils, drying out skin all over including your face. Hot water, though it feels soothing tends to leach out natural oils the skin produces to lubricate itself. Warm, short showers are more beneficial to skin in the winter as they are less drying. Another quick tip: If skin is already itchy or flaking, add a bit of oatmeal or baking soda to your bathwater for some quick, all-natural relief.