Winter is coming around the corner. You may worry about your skin feeling dry, itchy, irritated, tight and uncomfortable during the winter. Don’t let these uncomfortable feeling continue, otherwise a few years later your skin may become over dry, inflamed, burning, flaking, scaling or even developing eczema.
When the skin performs in perfect harmony, it protect us from the cold and dry weather. The outer layer of the skin (epidermis) contains perfect combination of water, fats and lipids which help water retention and skin moisture. But in winter the low temperature and low humidity associated with very hot and drying central heating, cause of osmosis, a physical process that water will flow across the membrane of skin cells and be spontaneously sucked out of your skin by the dry air. Our blood circulation will recover the water and lipids literally, but in winter the blood flow is diverted from the skin to keep your core warm. Skin self-recovery ability is slow down in winter! Our skin barrier (epidermis) is weakened. If you are more mature skin, you may feel further drier and itchy.
Don’t overlook! Help to protect your skin to prevent further damage.
- Use a mild cleanser which makes you feel extra soft after you washed you face.
- Dress with a hat, scarf and gloves to avoid windburn and prolonged exposure to cold air.
- Moisturize your skin with hyaluronic acid (found in Amazing White Illuminating Serum and Glamour Ageless Anti-Aging Serum) or Aloe Vera (found in Silk Miracle Essence).
- Apply the Essence first and then the Serum to provide extra moisture to your skin.
- After bathing, you could apply the body moisturizer within 3-minutes. I called it a 3-minute Rule. It is most effective to supple your skin when it is still warm and damp.
- Using humidifiers getting more moisture in the air in your office and at home.
- Take care of internal factors. Drink plenty of water!
- Balance of nutrition. Eat plenty of essential fatty acids; omega-3 found in avocado and oily fish and omega-6 found in nuts and whole grains; which help normalize your skin fats, prevent dehydration in your skin cells and help to soothe irritated skin.
- Eat citrus fruit and dark leafy vegetables.
- If you already feel itchy, add a thin layer of Vaseline after applying your serum or moisturizer. It helps to healing in winter.
- Take super hot bath or shower which actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin.
- Use any face and body products with alcohol.
- Consume sugars, fructose, grains and processed foods.
- Rub and scratch the skin.
- Drink alcohol or smoke.
- Wear itchy clothing (wool, polyester) in direct contact with your skin; You may wear cotton or silk shirt underneath to prevent direct contact with your skin.
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You may need to visit your dermatologist, if your skin condition deteriorates continuously.