How to treat dry skin in winter – 11 tips you can try!
During the winter months the outside cold air and inside dry heat can play havoc with your skin leaving it feeling dry dehydrated, inflamed and dull, sound familiar? Well fear not I am going to be giving you all the info you need on how to treat dry skin in winter, from treatments to home care so all your needs to free your skin from the winter woes are coming right up!
So what’s going on with your skin?
Well, as temperatures plummet we bundle up for warmth but sometimes we forget that even our exposed skin needs a little TLC during this season.
As our pores tighten, reducing circulation the production of sebum a naturally occurring oil which traps moisture next to the skin is dramatically decreased resulting in dryness.
Skin that is already dry on the best of days will experience even more drastic dehydration resulting in cracks and chafing.
Here’s some key TLC tips for your winter skin
1) Turn down the thermostat
Take advantage of layers if possible. Find a compromise so that your skin can breathe as well as you being comfortable in you home or your car.
2) Try to avoid the fire
As lovely as a fire can be it can really dry out your skin which is a real no no especially when moisture is so hard to come by!
By placing a cool air humidifier into the room where you spend the most time could really improve moisture levels in your skin by maximizing the amount of water in the air.
4) Drink plenty of water
There’s no denying keeping well hydrated will keep your skin hydrated on a cellular level, it makes good sense if we allow our bodies to dry out it’s going to show in our skin, after all our skin is made up of 64% water! so make sure you sip the recommended 2 litres a day and avoid too much alcohol.
5) Use an intensive moisturizer
Increase the intensity of your moisturizer. Winter skin is dryer which means that your usual moisturizer that you would normally apply during the warmer months won’t cut it. Opt for a richer more intense versions that your skin can relish in the much-needed moisture.
6) Avoid washing with hot water
it might seem like the most natural thing to want to do in the cold weather, take a long hot bath or shower but hot water can actually strip your skin of natural oils leaving it much dryer so it’s best to limit to 10 minutes and only wash your face in luke warm water never hot.
7) Ingredients you should avoid
Harsh soaps can be really drying for your delicate winter skin so try a hydrating facial cream cleanser with extra moisturizing ingredients, cleansing lotions are a much better option than a foaming face wash which is likely to contain drying surfactants that can strip your skin of natural oils.
And what ever you do don’t even think of going near one of those awful face wipes!!! they’re no good for your skin or the environment, just no!
Steer clear of alcohols, fragrances and preservatives.
8) Moisturizing masks
These are great for replacing lost moisture. Ingredients such as glycerin are excellent for retaining moisture to leave skin hydrated and plump. Hydrolyzed collagen and elastin, vitamin E, avocado, botanicals and essential oils are great for balancing the skins natural oils whilst calming inflammation.
A great hydrating face mask can really help prevent dry, flaky spots, alleviate redness and actually lock in moisture.
Use a good but gentle exfoliating scrub twice a week or a daily AHA which is a chemical exfoliate and uses ingredients like Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid much the same as in chemical peels just at a much lower concentrations making them safe to use on your skin at home every day or every other day to remove dead skin cells and keep your skin glowing. Glycolic and Lactic Acid are also excellent at attracting moisture in to the skin so definitely look out for those ingredients in your products.
By exfoliating you are also allowing your moisturizing products to penetrate deeper into your skin where they are needed the most.
10) Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic Acid is naturally found in our skin and is part of our extra cellular matrix along with collagen and elastin. Hyaluronic acid attracts water from the dermis and moves it to the skins surface. As we age our levels start to decline which contributes to fine lines and wrinkles.
When talking about hydration this should be your best friend when trying to replace lost moisture in your skin due to the cold weather, Hyaluronic Acid can be found in the form of serums which are lighter in texture and go on after you cleanse under your moisturizer which can also contain this amazing ingredient.
When applied to the skin topically it will help draw up water from the skins deeper layers to infuse the upper layers with moisture.
11) Professional treatments
So knowing what treatments are right can be quite overwhelming but if you’re wanting to target dull, tired winter skin, a chemical peel or a skin booster is a great choice!
Winter skin can can look dull because of sluggish cellular turnover. Chemical peels exfoliate that dead dull layer revealing your glowing skin beneath.
These have to be my favorite injectable professional treatments! it’s basically an injectable Hyaluronic Acid which holds over 1000 times it’s own weight in water dramatically boosting hydration levels giving the skin incredible radiance. Results typically last 6 month.
So when it comes to getting the glow back into that dull tired dehydrated winter skin, it’s so important to keep your skin hydrated by keeping the moisture levels topped up in your home, your body and your skincare. Why not try a chemical peel or a skin booster or if you prefer a home treatment consider a deep hydrating mask to replenish that lost moisture but don’t under estimate the power of exfoliation and a good intense moisturiser.
Go get that glow back.
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