Winter is the most difficult period for our body. And it’s not easy for our skin, either. It dries, chafes, peels and cracks. But you can help your skin. We’ll tell you how to keep your skin in good condition even when it’s bitterly cold.
In winter, many factors threaten the epidermis. It is low temperatures, high humidity, and, on the contrary, too dry air due to heating devices. Wind, snow, frost – all this breaks the protective barrier of the skin. So dirt and allergens are much easier to penetrate its layers, cause irritation and rashes. Due to a lack of certain microelements and disorders of water and fat balance, the epidermis becomes more sensitive than usual. Reddening and peeling occur much more frequently.
It’s difficult to completely avoid the unpleasant effects of cold weather. But you can try to protect your skin from them as much as possible. In order to do so, follow our care recommendations. Follow these steps regularly, and your skin will thank you for it.
- Wash your face at
You should do it twice a day and spend at least a minute on the procedure. This way you will wash away all impurities from the face, cheer up, and increase the tone of the skin. For washing, use water of medium temperature. Not too cold, but not too hot. Use a cleanser that’s perfect for your skin type (gel, foam, scrub or lotion). Men’s epidermis in general is different from women’s, it is more prone to secrete sebum. This is sebum, which clogs the pores and causes pimples. If you don’t wash off sebum, you’ll encounter frequent rashes and enlarged pores, as well as unsightly oily shine.
Exfoliation is the removal of dead cells using a product with abrasive particles. Such cosmetics removes the keratinized layer of the skin, cleanses pores and evens the face tone. And also gives a slight rejuvenating effect. Therefore, the procedure is especially important after the age of 25 years, when the skin is not so good at self-cleaning.
If your skin is thin, sensitive and boasts a smooth texture, it can be done less often. Oily, heavy, uneven skin should be scrubbed once a day, preferably in the morning. For daily use is suitable soft scrub. A stronger scrub should not be used more than twice a week.
Many people forget about this stage. But it is just as important as the others. Tonic is an essential component of care, which should be applied after cleansers. Depending on the composition, it performs different tasks. If it contains AHA- and BHA-acids, it completes the cleansing process by removing the dirt particles that may have remained on your skin after the previous steps. By restoring the acid-alkaline balance, the mild toner gets rid of dryness and tightness.
Cosmetic products for oily skin mattify, prolonging the feeling of purity. Products with salicylic acid disinfect and prevent the appearance of black dots and pimples. To get the effect your skin needs, choose your toner carefully. It is better to take cosmetics without alcohol with good natural ingredients.
A couple of minutes after the toner, you need to apply a moisturizer. It should be an effective product. So don’t skimp and buy proven products from reputable companies. Overpaying for the brand is also not necessary. The main thing is that the cream has a working formula. A good moisturizing effect is provided by formulations with squalene, cholesterol, ceramides and phospholipids. These components are related to lipids, so the skin uses them to enhance its natural barrier function. It is better to have two creams: a night cream and a day cream. An SPF factor will be a big plus in the latter.
- Protect from the sun
Most men think of sunscreen once a year, when they’re going on vacation. Yes, the chances of getting sunburned in summer at the seaside are much higher than in winter in the city. But UV rays affect your skin 365 days a year, in all kinds of weather. UV rays damage lipid balance and cause pigmentation. To avoid premature aging, wrinkles, age spots and other troubles, we should use SPF products regularly. It is the final step in your skincare routine. Apply it during the day, 20 minutes before you go outdoors. Ideally, you should use a product with a SPF factor of at least 30.
- Don’t overdo it
The best is the enemy of the good. And in an attempt to make your skin even clearer, you can finally “kill” its protective functions. During the heating season, the epidermis is already dry. Excessive aggressive exposure would be useless. That’s why you should not shower too often, wash your face and use cosmetics more often than package says. At the same time you can save water.
- Care for your skin from the inside out
No matter what marketing experts say on cosmetic packaging, dermatologists are convinced of one thing: the external effects on the epidermis are not as important as the internal ones. We’re talking about proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and other beneficial trace elements that you should get with your food.
Skin always needs vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. These are the ones that strengthen its natural barrier and help it stay smooth, tight and radiant. On average, we need up to 2 grams of vitamin D and 1 gram of acids a day. The best sources of these are fatty fish, eggs, almond nuts, leafy greens, olive oil, and Greek yogurt.
It is also important to maintain adequate levels of probiotics. These beneficial bacteria control the digestive system. If digestive problems occur, it is immediately reflected in the skin. Therefore, there should be fermented dairy products in the diet. Any micronutrients are better to get it from the food. And supplements and drugs can be taken only after consultation with a specialist.