Here comes winter to first hit your skin by making it dry, dull and flaky. Our bodies secrete more natural oils during summers but this tendency is reduced during winter, thus causing dehydration. Further, it is seen that the winter air carries less humidity and this allows moisture to evaporate from our skin. Apart from the side effects imposed by nature, our skin is also exposed to the daily rituals of life having a harsher effect. The hot showers taken in the cold weather make it extremely dry. Adding to our woes is the chlorinated tap water.
The best way to avoid a drying skin is to use lesser hot water for cleansing and let the steam work upon your body after getting out of shower. After that, towel-dry your skin gently and apply moisturizer when it is still damp. As you do season appropriate things, skin care should also be taken in the same manner. Sometime back, increasing moisture was not an issue but today several products have found their way into our routine to hydrate skin and replenish it.
Unclog your pores by going oil-free and regaining the lipid layer without leading to breakouts. Steps to do the same are given below.
Masks can be really beneficial during dry winters. A mask containing hyaluronic acid helps as it has a self-heating element that allows the ingredients to reach skin deep.
Exfoliate and stay hydrated throughout winters. Dry skin would need you to apply Aquaphor after exfoliation to have a better effect. Leave the lightweight lotions aside and opt for richer creams that hydrate well and restore the protective barrier of your skin. It is important to retain the natural lipids of skin but it is equally important to regain the moisture.
It is advised to use a cream as it has higher oil content making it thicker and a better moisturizer. This ensures greater absorption by breaking open into the skin barriers for a quick hydrating impact. You may also apply a moisturizing serum packed with powerful hydrators. A supercharged cream should be used at night only. It is when you are asleep; your skin repairs and retains the moisture for a longer period of time.
Exfoliating dry skin makes it glow and a mature one may need more moisture in cold weather. Night time is for using anti-aging products like retinol and products with AHA, which is present in glycolic acid. These things increase the cell turnover and lead to a smoother skin. Start the repair right away as the skin receives lesser UV rays to battle in a cold climate to eventually cause premature aging.
Other than following what is mentioned above, you must have few of the winter essentials too. This includes using oils, humectants and alpha hydroxy acids for proper skincare.