In winter, the temperatures can cause split ends, which is not without consequences for your skin. Here are 7 tips on how to take better care of it when it’s cold.
Cold, wind, moisture… Winter stresses your skin and disrupts its functioning hydrolipidic film, a layer that has the role of protecting the skin from aggression and keeping it healthy. The epidermis must draw on its reserves, circulation slows, generating a reduced sebum production and subsequently dry skin.
While summer is usually the time of year when you take the most care of your skin, especially to keep the effects of your tan as long as possible, winter is more of a time when moisturizers and other products are in the wardrobe.
But while we layer up to keep warm, layering up and adapting your routine to take care of your skin when the temperatures drop is essential.
Tightness, dryness, cracks… These winter discomforts can be avoided by following a proper routine based on a healthy lifestyle, enough sleep and the right products. And if taking care of nourishing the top layer of the skin is important, you need to take care of the inside of your body too, through good nutrition and adequate hydration, in the amount of 1.5L per day (at least).
How to choose a good moisturizer?
Even if it’s nourishing, a moisturizer should never be difficult to spread, leave an oily film or feel sticky after application. Applied daily, it preserves the skin’s microbiota and strengthens the skin barrier in addition to providing moisturizing active ingredients to the skin.
Put on sunscreen
Even if the sun’s rays are less strong than in summer and not always visible, they still do not disappear completely. That’s why it’s important to maintain sun protection with an SPF of at least 30. For daily use, you can choose a moisturizer with an integrated SPF. This will protect your skin from wrinkles and spots.
To keep your skin beautiful in winter, it is important to drink at least 1.5 liters of water a day. If we feel less dehydrated in winter than in hot weather, this does not mean that we should not drink. Take advantage of the cold temperatures to consume warm beverages (tea, herbal tea, etc.) that are just as hydrating and soothing. However, avoid coffee, which acts as a diuretic and can therefore dehydrate the body.
Don’t forget the hands, lips and eye area
Moisturizing hand cream (strongly exposed to the cold in winter), lip balm, anti-wrinkle cream for the eye contour… Not a single area of the skin should be forgotten, because all are also subject to the daily aggressions of Winter. up
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Avoid hot showers
The colder it is, the more we tend to take hot showers. But this action, which may seem trivial, actually damages the skin: even if a hot shower provides a feeling of well-being, it will at the same time eliminate the protective oils from the skin and increase its irritation. Conversely, cold water improves circulation, flushes out toxins and tightens pores, making skin look better.
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Pay attention to your diet
Once the cold temperatures are well established, we often want a good raclette more than a salad or vegetable soup. Yet in winter, seasonal fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants will help fight free radicals, one of the causes of skin aging. Supplementing with magnesium, vitamin D, or even sulfur can also be helpful if you’re particularly sensitive to the cold.
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Exfoliate your skin
By exfoliating your skin, you speed up skin cell renewal, which is good for the epidermis. Exfoliating twice a week will help get rid of dead skin cells and will then allow the creams and other oils or vegetable oils to penetrate better.