They say, “To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”
True that! Winter has its own charm.
Air outside becomes arid lacking humidity and once it gets cold we tend to take hotter showers and crank up the heat in our environments to warm up. All of which can really dehydrate the skin as well as compromise our protective skin barrier. These results in a bunch of unpleasant feeling and looking symptoms like tightness, flakiness, accentuated fine lines, etc. It allows free radicals and bacteria to enter the skin a whole lot easier which can cause acne and premature aging.
Hydrate: Be it inside your home or outside, the air is drier in winter. And as a result, water evaporates from your body easily. Hence, you need to keep your skin hydrated. You can also install a humidifier to manage the moisture level in your home. This will certainly keep your skin happy.
Choose Wisely: Departmental stores are stacked with skin care products. But you should choose your winter skin care products wisely. The key to healthy and glowing winter skin is using mild skin care products. Choose cleansers that contain moisturizers to avoid stripping your skin of its natural moisture barrier. If you have acne or breakouts, use products containing ceramides, hyaluronic acid, hydration serums, and glycerin to help in repairing the moisture barrier of your skin.
Avoid Exfoliation: Exfoliating the skin helps in getting rid of dead cells. You have to be careful during winters because your skin barrier is already compromised due to the dry and cold weather. Exfoliating your skin once a week is fine – this helps in boosting skin regeneration and better product absorption. Also, you should exfoliate depending on your skin type. If you have very dry skin, exfoliate your skin lightly. If you have combination and oily skin, once a week is fine.
Sunscreen is a Must: Summers or winters, don’t forget to put your sunscreen. The warm sun rays feel pleasant, but the UV rays can still damage your skin a lot. Choose a sunscreen that has titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.
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