How does skin react in Winter?
The cold weather can cause skin dryness and result in flaky and irritated skin. Very cold temperatures coupled with low humidity and strong winds take away your skin of moisture. It doesn’t help when you use central heating for your indoors since hot air is also low in moisture and leaves your skin drier and itchy.
The excess dead skin can also clog your pores and cause you to develop acne, a problem you may have thought only existed in teenagers and certainly don’t want to deal with later in life! Interestingly, most people fail to realize that the comfort eating associated with the cold weather could also be contributing to skin breakouts. If you’re eating a diet high in carbs, you risk upsetting your hormonal balance and this could also lead to acne or poor skin quality. also, we recommend reading our latest winter rich-foods and winter clothing guide to getting some extra help while we enter the season
While there is no one-fits-all solution, you can help protect your skin from the harsh cold weather by adjusting your skincare routine to include gentle cleansers, exfoliators to remove dead skin, and heavier creams and moisturizers on dry patches. The idea is to protect the skin barrier from breaking down due to extreme temperature changes.
Your skin’s outer layer contains natural oils and dead skin cells that hold water inside your skin. This helps keep your skin soft, moisturized, and smooth, cold temperatures can affect the condition of your skin. Cold air, low humidity, and high winds outdoors strip your skin of much-needed moisture. Turning up the heat and taking hot showers indoors do the same. These harsh conditions cause your skin to lose its natural oils. This allows moisture to escape, leading to dry skin and potentially a winter rash.
Other possible causes of a winter rash include:
- sensitivity to antibacterial soaps, deodorizing soaps, detergents, or other chemicals
- abnormal skin conditions
- a bacterial infection
- a viral infection
Now that we have discussed some problems, let us talk about some solutions
1. Moisturise is a must!
Moisturising is one of the most important steps that one must do to have glowing skin in winters. It helps in keeping our skin hydrated and makes sure that the skin does not lose its natural oil. You can choose a plethora of natural moisturizers like coconut oil, castor oil, olive oil, buttermilk, cucumbers, et al.
2. Stay hydrated
During winters, we tend to avoid drinking water as we feel less dehydrated; however, we lose water from our bodies in so many ways without realizing it. Therefore, it is imperative to load up on water even during cold winter days. Refill your system with water and get glowing skin without having to worry about dullness anymore.
3. Wash Your Face With Lukewarm Water
Hot showers in winters may relax your muscles, but nothing can be worse for your skin condition than hot water. It makes your skin dry and flaky. The effects are even more adverse if you have sensitive skin. We cannot switch to a cold water bath, of course, but we can definitely save our facial skin by washing it with lukewarm water. This way you wouldn’t feel cold and also wouldn’t let natural oils slough off easily from your face.
4. Replenish Your Skin At Night
If you wish to see healthy skin, you must not forget to replenish it at night when you are resting for about 7-8 hours. Indulge in deep moisturizing with oils before you sleep so you can wake up with beautifully supple skin.