Winter is the time of the year when your skin needs extra care and nourishment. This is because the skin becomes more sensitive as a result of the chilly winds and freezing weather. Also fluctuations in the temperature, humidity of the air, chilly winds and improper functioning of sebaceous glands cause problems in the skin. Because of this, the skin becomes dry and itchy and begins to flake.
However, once you understand the mechanism of your skin, it is not difficult to take care of it.
Skin Behavior in the Winter
Your skin type can change during the winter, at least marginally. If you have oily skin, you would notice that it becomes less oilier and shifts towards the normal side. If you have normal skin, it tends to become dry. Likewise, dry skin becomes excessively dry and prone to irritation. This necessitates a revision of your skin care routine as well because your regular skin care products may fail to be effective on the drier skin texture.
Tips for Skin Care During Winter
Avoid Hot Water
Nothing feels better on the skin than hot water in the chilling winter. However, hot water harms the skin as much as it comforts it. Hot water enlarges the skin pores and washes away all the natural oils of the skin. When the skin gets stripped of its intrinsic moisture, it becomes drier and prone to irritation. Therefore, strictly avoid hot water showers.
Bathe and wash your face with lukewarm or cold water instead. Use a mild, preferably creamy cleanser that cleanses your face and rids it off all dirt, debris and impurities without drying the skin.
Obagi Nu Derm Foaming Gel -It is an gentle cleansing formula that contains a blend of Aloe Vera, natural herbs and natural cleansers. It removes all the pollutants and excessive oil residues accumulated in the skin without disturbing the natural moisture levels. It is suitable for all skin types and makes the skin soft and supple.
Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser – This mild cleanser especially caters to dry skin types. It cleans the skin pores efficiently and removes all the dirt, debris, pollutants and make-up residues.
Avoid Scrubs, Peels and Exfoliants
Exfoliation is a key process in a skin care regimen. However, you can afford to cut it loose during the winter months. Your skin is always vulnerable to peeling and flaking during winters and excessive use of exfoliants might aggravate the condition. People with oily skin can continue exfoliating their skin about once a week. But those with dry skin should restrict themselves and exfoliate, only if needed, once a month.
During winter, you should rather use a gentle exfoliating lotion that removes the dead skin cells but doesn't strip off the natural moisture.
Obagi Nu-Derm Exfoderm – It is an amazing exfoliating lotion that contains phytic acid to make the skin smooth and supple and also tones the skin texture. It scrapes off dead skin cells from the skim surface and helps treatment ingredients to penetrate through the skin more efficiently. It works very well for normal and dry skin types.
Use Creamy Skin Care Products
The skin needs intensive hydration during the winter months in order to compensate for the loss of moisture. Therefore, shift to heavier and creamier skin care formulations that provide intensive moisture to the parched skin. Use creams and lotions that have moisturizing ingredients that help replenish the hydration levels of the skin.
Obagi Action – It is an amazing moisturizing lotion that immediately hydrates excessively dry skin and relieves chapping, redness and soreness. It can be safely used by all skin types.
NIA 24 Intensive Recovery Complex – It is a rich cream that moisturizes the skin intensely and boosts its regenerative powers. As a result, the skin becomes firmer and more courtesy active ingredients like ceramides, liposomes and peptides in it. It locks in the multi-level moisture and minimizes transepidermal water loss (TEWL) in the skin. With regular use, the skin becomes fuller and firmer.
Dr. Marilynn Syrett is a graduate from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine Of The Pacific. She has a keen interest in studying the use and effectiveness of skin care products and acne treatments.