By: Venus Medina
Winter weather usually means low humidity in the air, cold blowing winds and with the lack of sunshine and increase in pollution. These factors can have a huge impact of the skin and especially the skin on the face due to water loss and more specifically transdermal water loss (TDWL). Most people will experience increased redness, dryness, tighness and flacky patched itchy skin. What’s worse is those who suffer from skin conditions such as Psoriasis, Eczema and Resaca may experience more frequent flare ups during the cold season. These issues are usually due the low humidity in the air and cold winds that strip the skin of moisture from our natural oils. Here are some tips to keep in mind as we continue into the winter season.
- Consider changing your normal cleansing routine. Think about switching your cleanser to a cream based type and maybe go for a gentler toner.
- Exfoliate less. It is still good to removes dead skin cells from the skin but is not required as much as during the hotter sweat seasons. Be mindful of harsh and aggressive exfoliating treatments such as peels or microdermabrasion. You don’t want treatments that will leave you with excessive sensitivity or peeling during the cold winter months.
- The key tip would be to moisturize! Remember due to the season you might need to reapply moisturizer throughout the day, not just once in the morning. Look for moisturizers that contain both humectants (ingredients like glycerin, Hyaluronic acid and Panthenol that draw up water from the lower layers and from the air) and occlusives (ingredients like butters, oils and waxes that retain and seal in moisture).
- Be mindful of the time you spend in hot baths or showers and the type of soaps you are using. These can have a stripping effect on the natural oils (sebum) your body produces. Be sure to moisturize right after your bath/shower and not use soaps or washes with harsh surfactants like sodium laurel/laureth sulfates.
- Take care of your lips. The skin of the lips is very delicate and often winter weather chaps the skin causing flaking, cracking and pain. Be sure to nourish this area often by exfoliating (gentle alpha hydroxy acids), hydrating (hyaluronic acid, ceramides & collagen) and protecting from moisture loss (lip balm with butters and oils).
- Stay hydrated always. Drink lots of water throughout the day and use a humidifier indoors!
- APPLY SUNSCREEN. Most people forget about sunscreen during winter because it is not sunny or hot but the suns rays are still damaging regardless of what the weather looks like.