Can you feel the lonely slumber of Winter? It’s not surprising to know that it’s not the most favored time of the year. Other than the gloomy atmosphere engulfing the outdoors and the biting cold, there’s also the misbehaving skin to worry about. If you get really unfortunate, you find yourself down with flu, and worse, it might even be accompanied by a painful cold sore.
Just like at any other time of the year, your skin reacts to the climate changes happening around you. During Winter, the prevalent cold, crispy wind strips off the natural oils and lipids from your skin, exposing it to the drying effects of the cold weather. Below are just five of the most common skin issues everyone is faced with during Winter:
Cold winds blowing at this time of the year is more than enough to cause your skin to dry out and crack. Add to that the drying effect of your car and indoor heaters and you can expect your skin condition to become even worse.
If you have special skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, it’s not unusual to find your skin flared up during this time of the year. In both cases, several factors come into play, including prevalent cold weather conditions, possibly compromised immune response, bad ingredients in your skin care products, and even stress.
Just when you thought that a drier weather than that of a hot and humid Summer’s day will keep your skin from greasing, in fact, it will make your oily skin even worse. As the environment sucks out your skin’s natural moisture, your skin reacts by increasing oil production to attempt to compensate for the lost hydration. The result can be a disgusting and sloppy volume of grease spread all over your face.
You can cover every square inch of your skin but, most likely, your face will remain exposed to the elements during Winter. While your face may get a moisturizer, the lips are often neglected. Windburn can make your lips even drier.
This is a condition caused by the Herpes Simplex-1 Virus (HSV-1) which you probably acquired sometime earlier but lies dormant in your body. Cold, flu, and a compromised respiratory system common during Winter can trigger a cold sore to manifest. Cold sores are usually left untreated and go away without requiring any intervention.
Yes, the cold weather also zaps out the natural oils from your scalp.
Something must be definitely done to improve your skin situation during this time of year. Below are 6 ways to prevent and alleviate dry skin in Winter so you won’t have to suffer for the rest of the season:
Don’t be afraid to exfoliate and scrub just because you see dry skin. In fact, you need to perform this in your routine even more if your skin is dry to prevent flaky skin from balling up on the surface and from clogging your pores. Exfoliating will also encourage faster skin regeneration and turnover to surface a newer and dewier skin layer.
Cover up from the cold
This is necessary when you’re indoors but, most especially when you are outdoors. The right clothing will help keep you from freezing in the snow but also provide a physical barrier between your skin and the environmental elements. Keep warm underneath with thermal jackets, microwaveable mittens and booties, and even warming lotions.
Set up your environment
Since you know that the prevailing climate is driving your skin crazy and dry, that’s where your “No To Dry Skin in Winter” strategy must start. Address the drying out effect of your indoor heater by installing air humidifier. If you can’t get that centralized then, install a unit in every room, including in your office space.
Get a winter skin care routine
Most people neglect the importance of shifting to another skin care routine come winter. During this time of the year, you want to stick to thicker creams and hydrating toners. You can even add a mist and keep it in your bag to spritz all over whenever you feel the surrounding air drying out your skin.
Moisturize from within
A collagen drink may be helpful but, nothing beats the power of naturally-derived nutrition from the freshest food sources. Load up on water and your favorite blend of veggies and fruits. When your skin is well-nourished, you’re putting it in a better position to better cope with dryness.
Sleep well and exercise
Lack of sleep can cause your skin to break. Promote proper skin synthesis and faster healing by getting sufficient sleep night after night. It’s harder to stay active in winter but, if you want you are to achieve a healthy and attractive complexion, working out remains to be a must to maintain proper blood flow and nutrient circulation.