How to tackle dry and dehydrated skin during the winter.
As weather changes from autumn to winter, you will notice your skin starts to change its colour.
Your hands may become red, dry, and your skin may feel itchy, dry and uncomfortable.
During winter, there is low humidity in the atmosphere. Also, due to centralized heating, taking warm baths and showers can aggravate this dryness. Coming from a cold environment and hot indoor can also draw moisture from the skin and lead to increased dryness and dehydration. Your skin becomes moisture less and starts to wear out.
Regular use of a moisturizer is the main factor and the first step in tackling dryness in the winter season. There are three types of ingredients found in the moisturizers, emollients, humectants and occlusive. Humectant includes hyaluronic acid, ceramide, glycerin, and sorbitol, attract the moisture from the environment and keep your skin hydrated. Other popular ingredients, petroleum jelly and mineral oil help to seal the moisture within the skin. Emollients like linolenic acid fill the gap between the skin and keep it smooth.
The greaser the moisturizer, the more effective it is. Petroleum jelly and mineral oil are the most effective and cheapest moisturizer that can prevent water loss. They are best applied after taking a bath. Other moisturizers are not as greaser as petroleum jelly, but they are cosmetically more appealing.
Look for heavy moisturizing creams to be applied on the face.
Exfoliate your skin
Your skin needs exfoliation to remove dead skin. Your skin remains dry without exfoliation. So, a light exfoliator in the winter is best. You can use mild glycolic acid and lactic acid exfoliator for this purpose. People with severely dry skin can only rub your face with a wet washcloth.
Your lips also become dry and scaly in winter. You need a good lip balm that prevents worn out. We recommend our B5 Moisturizing Essence Lip balm that is loaded with Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E. It keeps your lips smooth and hydrating.
Place a Humidifier in a room.
Due to the centralized heaters, the air in your home becomes dry. The drier the air, the drier the skin. Placing a cool air humidifier in the room increases the moisture level in the air, and keeps your skin hydrated.
Always consult your dermatologist if you have allergies and skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis before apply and moisturizers.