We all want our skin to keep looking its best. However, despite our best efforts, various factors such as the changing of seasons can affect how our skin looks and feels. For instance, we’re at the height of winter, and research shows that most people have reduced skin moisture and fewer lipids in the skin barrier during the cold months. These factors, in turn, result in dryness and irritation, also known as xerosis. However, there are several ways to counter this skin condition and have a glowing and healthy complexion. With these few simple steps, you can say goodbye to dull winter skin.
Up Your Moisturizing Game
The cold temperature and low humidity during winter can draw out moisture from your skin. Add that to dry indoor heat, and we have the perfect recipe for xerosis. Your regular moisturizer and skin care regimen may not be enough. Upping your moisturizing game is necessary in order to keep your skin hydrated despite the cold weather. Start by avoiding long hot showers so you don’t strip your skin of its natural oils. You might also want to invest in skincare products specifically designed for intense hydration. Typically, these are cream or oil-based moisturizers, but for those with severely dry and cracking skin, some dermatologists recommend double moisturizing to keep skin soft and hydrated. Start by using your usual moisturizer, then smooth on another layer of moisturizer, this time using one with a richer or thicker consistency.
Gentle Exfoliation Helps
Exfoliating is an important step in every skincare regimen as it helps to unclog your pores, thus helping you retain your skin’s healthy glow. However, since your skin is more sensitive during winter, adding exfoliation to the mix may seem too harsh. In fact, some dermatology patients admit to using exfoliants less frequently during winter. But experts say that during winter, exfoliating becomes particularly more important because your skin is drying out faster than normal. This means more dry skin build-up that can block your pores. Take care to not overdo it though. Do not go for physical exfoliants like washcloths, exfoliating brushes, or face scrubs that can cause microtears on your epidermis. Instead, stick to chemical exfoliants as they are gentler to your skin, but are also effective in removing dead skin cells.
Begin from Within
Following the best skincare regimen this winter is only part of the overall strategy to keep your skin from looking dull. What you eat affects your overall health, and this can include your skin as well. Thus, make sure that you include hydrating foods in your diet this winter. Drinking plenty of water should be a given, but you also need to consume foods that are rich in essential vitamins for your skin, such as vitamin A, C, D, and E, as well as minerals like zinc and copper. These vitamins and minerals play an important role in keeping your skin hydrated and maintaining its overall health. Fruits and vegetables like sweet potatoes, spinach and berries, along with meat products like salmon and beef liver, are quite rich in these vitamins and minerals that your skin needs.
It can be frustrating to have your skin dry out during winter after you’ve taken such good care of it throughout the year. Rejuvenating your skin during these cold months might take some extra work, but the glow that you get should be worth it. With these simple steps, you can rest assured that you’d be saying goodbye to dull winter skin in no time.