Several factors contribute to your skin becoming tighter, drier, and more prone to wrinkles during the winter months. The outermost layer of your skin is mostly made of dead skin cells held together by urea, lactic acid, salts, and amino acids. Altogether, these components create a natural water-binding barrier for your skin. If any of these components are disrupted, your skin loses water and becomes flaky, dry, and wrinkled. Extreme temperatures can cause this to occur. Here are some ways to keep your skin healthy and moisturized, even on the coldest days:
Use sunscreen every day
Just because you do not see much of the sun during the winter does not mean you can toss your sunscreen aside. While the strength of the sun’s UV rays diminishes during the winter, it is still present. Snow can even reflect up to 80% of its rays. That is why you should always use sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 in the winter. There are several day creams with SPF already included as well.
There are other products you can use to clean yourself besides bar soap. Opt for gentle pH-balanced cleansers instead and switch to a cream-based cleanser during the winter. Your skin gets sweaty and oily during the summer months, so it makes sense to use a harsher cleanser then. During cold months, your skin struggles to retain its natural oils, which helps keep it hydrated.
Not all creams are created equally. Ensure you get the most out of your moisturizer by choosing a product that contains ingredients that lock moisture into your skin, like hyaluronic acid and ingredients that keep it hydrated throughout the day, like shea butter. Urea and glycerin are other skincare ingredients that are also effective at keeping your skin moisturized. Those two ingredients have been proven to hydrate skin cells from within. Read the ingredients list of any skincare product you are considering to make sure it will not dry out your skin.
Check products for moisture zappers
Just as you should check skincare creams for ingredients that will keep your skin hydrated, you should also check for ingredients that will strip your skin of moisture as well. Avoid products that contain synthetic fragrances, added colours, and other ingredients that could irritate and dry out your skin. Even products with moisturizing ingredients could also contain drying ingredients, which could cancel out its benefits. Make sure the products you put on your skin actively improve it and do not merely sit on top of it.
It is understandable when cold weather hits to want to sit in front of a toasty heater or fireplace, but these can cause the moisture in your skin to evaporate, leaving it dry and wrinkly. Use a cool-mist humidifier in your home to prevent the air from getting too dry. Also, remember to drink plenty of water to keep your skin cells hydrated from the inside out.
If winter weather has your skin feeling dry and looking dull, book an appointment at Kaloya Skin Care. Our trained professionals can tailor treatments to your exact skin care needs.