Cold weather can have very negative consequences on our skin. Therefore, it is very important to know how to protect it.
Cold weather wreaks havoc on our skin, drying it out and making it flaky. These effects occur when the skin is deprived of moisture and dryness tends to aggravate the itch, producing what is known as "winter itch." Your skin's moisture is affected by air dryers and heating, but there are ways to deal with it.
1. Moisturize the skin daily. Petroleum jelly or cream-based moisturizers are better than lotions for normal to dry skin. Moisturizer should be applied directly to damp skin after bathing to help capture surface moisture.
2. Cleanse the skin without overdoing it. Too much cleaning removes natural moisturizers from the skin. Once a day is enough to wash your face, hands, feet, and between the folds of the skin.
3. Limit the use of hot soapy water. It is advisable to take short lukewarm showers or baths with a non-irritating, non-detergent-based cleanser. Immediately afterward, apply a thick cream or petroleum jelly-type moisturizer.
4. Moisten the environment. Dry air can draw moisture out of the skin. Humidifiers can be very beneficial. However, the unit must be cleaned and the water changed.
5. Protect yourself from the wind. Cover the face and use a Vaseline-based lip balm.
6. Avoid extreme cold. Cold temperatures can cause frostbite or skin disorders in some people. In case the hands or feet change color, a doctor should be consulted.
7. Protect your skin from the sun. The winter sun can also be dangerous for the skin. Even at this time, a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 15 or higher should be used for moments outdoors for long periods.
8. Avoid winter tanning. Tanning beds and artificial sunlamps are always harmful to the skin and increase the risk of skin cancer. Therefore, the use of self-tanners is recommended together with the moisturizer.
9. Consult your dermatologist. If the skin suffers from persistent dryness, peeling, itching, rashes, or skin growths, a dermatologist should be consulted.
It is very important to remember that your skin has to be taken care of both in summer and in winter. With these helpful tips in mind check our advice and suggestions from other articles on how to protect your skin.