Adverse effects of the winter season on one’s skin can be minimised if you prepare for it in the right manner.
The cold, wet, windy weather coupled with central-heating can take its toll on our skin. And that’s before we start talking about late nights, lack of sleep and embracing the festive party season. Fortunately, there is an array of lotions and potions to help revive and rejuvenate tired, lacklustre skin.
Here are few ways you can take care of your skin;
You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine. Find an “ointment” moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion.
Choose your cleanser carefully
Cleansers can strip your skin of natural oils, dry it out, and over time, lead to more visible lines and wrinkles. To prevent chapped and parched skin, embrace wipe-off, soap-free cleansers and alcohol-free hand sanitisers at night.
Eat a healthy dinner
To protect your skin against damage in winter, watch your diet at night and include foods rich in Omega fatty acids such as nuts, avocados, and flax-seed. These essential nutrients act by reinforcing the skin barrier, making your epidermis more moist and supple.
Take brief showers
Keep the shower as brief as possible and use lukewarm not hot water. Switch to less aggressive, moisturising solutions instead of soaps since the pH of soap is 7.5, which is greater than that of skin — 5.5. This high pH may cause the breakdown, leaking out natural moisture, lipids and nutrients from the skin. This increases dryness and can even result in rashes and worse eczema.