How to prevent dry skin in winter?
Dry skin occurs when your skin loses moisture. Winter season is when your skin can become dry and develop cracks. It can lose elasticity due to loss of moisture and become tightly stretched and can also develop redness due to the cold weather.
Taking proper care of your skin during winter will help to keep your skin moisturized and prevent damage to your skin due to the cold weather.
What causes dry skin in winter?
Winter is one of the reasons for dry skin. In winter the air is very dry and the humidity is low. When the skin is exposed to cold air, the moisture from the skin is absorbed by the surrounding air, leaving your skin dry. To put it in simple terms “the air sucks away moisture from your skin”.
Here are things that you can do to prevent dry skin during winter -
Take short baths
Take short baths. When you take a long time to have your bath, the water washes away the natural oils on your skin. Take a quick shower.
Do not bathe in hot water. Hot water tends to dry out your skin by stripping off the natural oils present on your skin.
Choose a mild soap or a shower gel. Harsh soaps can irritate your skin and make the skin dry.
Apply a moisturizer
After taking a bath or after washing your face pat your skin dry. Use a soft towel to dry yourself. Do not rub down vigorously as this can lead to rupture of the outermost layer of skin cells.
Apply a moisturizer to retain moisture in your skin. Choose a moisturizer that has ingredients that will help to lock the moisture in your skin. Use a lip balm for your lips to prevent dryness and cracking of your lips.
Take care of your heels by applying petroleum jelly or a foot care cream to prevent cracks due to dryness,
Choose makeup that suits your skin
Choose makeup which is most suitable for your skin. Always do a patch test before applying any new makeup product on your skin.
Using makeup products that do not agree with your skin, will worsen a dry skin condition during winter.
What to look for when buying a moisturizer for your skin
Good moisturizers contain any one or more of the following ingredients in different compositions and combinations:
§ Occlusives – They form a barrier on the skin and prevent water loss when exposed to cold air.
For example - dimethicone, petrolatum, paraffin and lanolin.
§ Humectants - They attract water into the skin cells keeping the skin hydrated.
For example – glycerine, sorbitol, sodium hyaluronate, urea, sugars, glycol, propylene etc.,
§ Emollients – They fill the space in between the rough or peeling skin cells and smoothen the skin.
For example – Lanolin, mineral oil and petroltum.
If you want to go the organic way then there are many options to choose from – organic Shea butter, organic Cocoa butter, organic Murumuru butter and Virgin coconut oil etc.
During winter dress to protect your skin from the cold weather conditions. Use a humidifier in your room to keep your skin from drying out, especially if you are using a room heater.
Taking proper care of your skin during the winter helps to prevent the occurrence of dry skin.