How to prepare your skin for winter

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1. Overview


Winter brings the first snowflakes and also the need to dress with more hoodies. Also, the cold weather is the cause for skin cracking and dryness.


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1. Overview
2. How to protect your skin in winter


2. How to protect your skin in winter

Here are some tips to help you prepare your skin for a cold winter

1. Use a cream fatter than usual – After changing the autumn wardrobe with the winter one, it would be advisable to change your everyday cream. Fatty moisturizing creams are preferred instead of lotions that do not provide an oily enough barrier to help reduce water loss from the skin.

It is slightly harder for the creams to penetrate the skin, but these protect against more extreme temperatures and humidity. Skin usually reacts better during winter if it will be covered by a moisturizer fatter than the one used in other seasons, which will contain a lot more water and less oily substances. Applying creams is recommended, especially at night.

2. Take short showers – Ironically, the things that give a feeling of comfort in winter like long hot showers or baths may cause skin dryness and lack of moisture on long term.

You should opt for short warm showers just before bedtime. Then will apply a layer of moisturizer all over the skin from the face to the feet. During day is recommended to use shower gel instead of soap for extra hydration.

3. Apply sunscreen to the skin – Although during winter anyone skin is less exposed to the sun, it does not mean that it should not be protected from sunlight. The specialists recommend sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher (for those who spend more time outdoors, whether they practice winter sports or work).

4. Avoid sources of stress – Winter brings holidays and enjoyable vacations, but these may have a negative effect on skin health. Alcohol, rich meals and insufficient sleep can make their mark in an unpleasant way.

Some people know that stress causes certain skin conditions such as acne or cold intolerance. We must therefore take measures for stress to be removed and the skin can be treated with topical medications such as benzoyl peroxide, before the rash appears.

Experts recommend avoiding simple sugars and carbohydrates (found in abundance in processed foods) to avoid acne that occurs in stressful situations.

5. Wear gloves – Most people wait until temperatures drop significantly, to wear gloves. However, experts recommend to wear gloves any day of the winter up to spring.

The explication is that because the cold any minor skin lesion can turn into a crack that might infect. Lip-balm will apply the same reason. The skin must be protected to prevent deterioration.

6. Using a humidifier – heaters can raise the temperature in homes but lower air humidity. It is advisable to use a humidifier to restore moisture in the air and to avoid dry skin.

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