If you don't take enough care of your skin during winter it can easily become dry, damaged, irritated or inflamed. Take heed of our tips to protect your skin in cold weather to avoid these unpleasant conditions!
The cold weather can bring all sorts of problems with the skin: itching, redness, dryness, irritation, and pimples. The cold really puts our skin to the test, especially if you have sensitive skin. 'In winter, the skin is attacked by cold and wind, it also suffers from a less balanced diet and poorly adapted cosmetics, and the decrease in brightness and absence of sunshine does not help to regulate these phenomena', says Dr. Nina Roos, dermatologist.
As a result, the complexion is dull and the signs of aging accelerate. But don't panic, there are solutions! Serums, masks, restorative creams, and oils you can try to relieve your skin problems. Below are a few tips you can use.
1. Keep skin well-moisturised: Make sure the air in your home isn't too dry. Use an air humidifier or place a water container directly on the radiators. When it comes to diet, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables as their antioxidant vitamins that help prevent skin aging. Moreover, when it is cold, you need to drink 1.5L of water per day. But if this seems too much to you, opt for green tea with multiple detoxifying, stimulating, and rich in vitamins.
2. Do not take hot baths and keep yourself covered up: Don't take showers that are too hot. A bath with essential oils is also recommended to nourish and soften the skin. Don't linger in the bath too long though and once you're out make sure to dry yourself thoroughly everywhere. Then, take the time to apply a moisturising body cream or milk. Finally, gloves, hat, sweater, pantyhose, down jacket, and a scarf is the solution. Being well-wrapped up is the best way to protect yourself from the cold and wind!
3. Avoid cleaning your face with water: This is because the lime strips the skin. Don't even think about not removing your make-up before bed though! A mild make-up remover is best. As for the morning, if you feel the need to wash your face, avoid foaming soap and opt for micellar water. It combines the appearance and freshness of water with the technicality of an oil.
4. Exfoliate your skin regularly: Falling temperatures often result in chapped lips, dandruff, and a build-up of dead cells. So to keep your skin soft, use a very mild exfoliator enriched with shea butter, cocoa butter or almond or coconut oil once a week to nourish the skin without attacking it. You can also make your own exfoliator with a little sugar mixed with a spoon of honey or olive oil. To finish, apply a moisturising treatment and then a thicker balm in the evening at bedtime.
5. Use masks, serums, and oils: To help strengthen against external aggression, but also to boost and stimulate your skin, apply a serum under your cream. Don't hesitate to use moisturising masks if your skin is damaged or rough. You can use these several times a week. And, to strengthen the skin barrier, apply 3 drops of jojoba oil in the evening. Last but not least, use locally applied healing and repairing creams.