In winter, temperatures can make the splits, which is not without consequences for your skin. Here are 7 tips to take better care of it when it’s cold.
Cold, wind, humidity… Winter puts a strain on your skin and disrupts the functioning of the 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, blood circulation slows down, generating a reduced sebum production and subsequently dryness of the skin.
While summer is generally 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 the time when you moisturizers and other products in the closet.
But as we multiply the layers of clothing to keep warm, multiplying the layers and adapting your routine to take care of your skin when the temperatures drop is essential.
Tightness, dryness, cracks… These winter inconveniences can be avoided by following an appropriate routine, based on a healthy lifestyle, enough sleep and suitable products. And if care nourishing the upper layer of the skin is important, it is also necessary to take care of the inside of your body, through good nutrition and sufficient hydration, at the rate of 1.5L per day (at least ).
How to choose a good moisturizer?
Even if it is nourishing, a moisturizer should never be difficult to spread, should not leave a greasy film or stick 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 they are not always visible, they nevertheless do not disappear completely. It is therefore important to maintain sun protection with an SPF of at least 30. For everyday use, you can choose a moisturizer with an integrated SPF. Thus, you will protect your skin from wrinkles and stains.
To keep beautiful skin in winter, it is important to drink at least 1.5L of water a day. If we feel less dehydration is less felt in winter than in hot weather, this does not mean that we should not drink. Take advantage of low temperatures to consume hot drinks (tea, herbal tea, etc.) that are just as moisturizing and comforting. However, avoid coffee, which acts as a diuretic and can therefore dehydrate the body.
Don’t forget the hands, lips and eye area
Moisturizing cream for the hands (very exposed to the cold in winter), lip balm, anti-wrinkle cream for the eye contour… No 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 act, 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 blood 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 a vegetable soup. And yet in winter, seasonal fruits and vegetables, rich in antioxidants, will help fight against free radicals, one of the causes of skin aging. Supplementing with magnesium, vitamin D or even sulfur can also be useful if you are particularly sensitive to the cold.
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Exfoliate your skin
By exfoliating your skin, you accelerate the renewal of skin cells, which is beneficial for the epidermis. A scrub twice a week will help you get rid of dead cells and then better penetrate the creams and other butters or vegetable oils that you use.
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