Who doesn’t like winters???? Most of us love winters. Those cozy nights…ohhhhhhhhh.. I just love it, but it seems my skin just hates it, as it tends to get even drier in winters. So, I have to take extra care during this rosy winter season.
Cold weather can cause a lot of havoc on your delicate skin. Even some oily skin people face this dry and patchy skin during winters. But there are certain precautions or remedies which will prevent this dry skin problem and let you enjoy your cozy rosy winters. I have been following these and found it really useful, so just thought of sharing it with you.
First, let’s get into study mode. To understand factors causing dry skin, I did lil more research about our skin and really want to share with you cause I believe, If we know the root cause of the problem we can solve it from the root itself.
What Causes Dry Skin:
- Our skin is made of mainly 3 layers— Epidermis, Dermis, and Hypodermis. These layers are made of dead skin, Urea, Lactic Acid, oils, Hyaluronic acid. The cells on outermost layers store water using their filling; Natural Moisturising Factors (NMFs), Amino acids and other molecules that absorb water from the air and lock it inside the cell. So, in winter these cells make more NMFs, to stay moisturized. Now you must be wondering then in winters our skin should be more moisturized….I wish…!! But, our age is the culprit!!! As we grow old and our skin starts aging, It doesn’t do its job properly. After a certain age, we make less of these molecules that absorbs water in our skin resulting in less NMFs, fewer ceramides, and less hyaluronic acid. Bitter truth is, we can’t stop our genes from making less moisture-trapping cells in our skin as we age.
- Along with above biological factor, another factor is our surrounding, environment. What skincare products we use, what we eat, smoking, our hygiene habits, what we wear, Hormonal imbalance, and what climate we are living in all these affects our skin. Medical conditions can also cause dryness in winter. For e.g. if you are taking medicine to cure allergies, acne or blood pressure, they cause flaky skin.
So, as I mentioned in my earlier posts also, my skin is dry and during winter it gets extremely dry. But changing few things and incorporating new things into my skincare routine helped me to stay away from dry skin even during winter season.
In this post, I am just sharing things which I do follow to keep my skin moisturized and hydrated during winter.
Treating dryness cleverly!!!
- Stop taking shower!!!just kidding, just stop taking long hot showers. It will not only save water consumption but will also retain moisture in your skin. Along with hot showers, stop using soap bar. Certain soap bars, including scented and antibacterial ones, can strip off natural oil of your skin and make it dry. Soaps actually alter ph level of skin from acidic to alkaline resulting damaged skin. Instead, take showers with room temperature or lukewarm water using mild shower gels. After shower just pat dry your body. One of the tricks which were super beneficial for me is, putting moisturizer on the slightly damp skin. So, I keep my body moisturizer in the bathroom and use it right after a shower. Somedays during super busy mornings I use, Nivea In-Shower Nourishing Body Lotion which makes moisturizing a part of showering itself and makes my skin feels super soft & subtle throughout the day.
- Understanding moisturizer as per your skin type is quite challenging. I did some basic research to understand which kind of moisturizers are suitable for my skin. Hope this information will help you guys as well. Most of the moisturizers come with two main ingredients i.e. Humectant and emollient.
- A humectant is a hygroscopic substance used to keep things moist (source: Wikipedia). A humectant is water-based moisturizers and mainly suitable for all skin types. When looking for humectant based moisturizers check for ingredients like Triethylene glycol, tripropylene glycol, propylene glycol & PPGs. Some common ones are Glycerin, sugar alcohols, hexylene, molasses, lithium chloride, lactic acid, Urea & Collagen. Examples of natural humectant are Egg yolk, egg white, Honey & Aloe. Then there are Emollients. Emollient helps to soften skin & lock the moisture into the skin by creating a protective layer on the skin surface. These are basically oil based, they can block pores resulting in acne and that’s why I won’t recommend for the oily & sensitive skin. Some examples are Shea butter, Cocoa Butter, Beeswax, Mineral oil, Plant oils, Lanolin, Paraffin, Cetyl Alcohol, etc. So, read the label carefully before buying a moisturizer. Try to be close to natural skin moisturizers if you have sensitive skin issues.
- Some of my favorite moisturizers are Jergens Multi-Vitamin Moisturiser, AHAVA Mineral Body Lotion, & Body lotions from Kama Ayurveda.
- Please Please Please Moisturise your entire body right from face to toe including bust and butt. It will help your skin to be hydrated and also prevent stretch marks, discoloration, & other signs of aging.
- Another important thing is, in winter our lips tend to get more dry so we tend to lick it more often. Please avoid doing this cause saliva causes more dryness. Use natural lip balm, avoid using flavored ones. My absolute favorite is Burt’s Bees Beeswax. Keep it on your night table so that before sleeping you won’t forget to put it on.
- Another trick is, opt for sunblocking moisturizers. Currently, there are many sunscreens which comes with moisturizers in it. Try them. You can try Lotus Safe sun moisturizing sunscreens or Olay Regenerist micro-sculpting UV moisturizer cream spf 30.
- As I said, the top layer is made of dead skin cells, exfoliation will also help to remove that dead skin layer which will allow moisture reach to living skin cells. I recommend exfoliating twice a week, not more than that.
- I don’t know about others, but I observed the difference in my skin when I started taking aromatherapy, twice in a month. ( Sometimes once in 20-25 days). There are so many different essential oils available which has enormous beauty benefits. Roseship, Palmarosa, & Patchouli are good for dry skin. Essential oils like orange, Jasmine, Chamomile helps to stimulate the new cell generation of skin which helps to hydrate dry skin. You can also smoothen dry skin using lavender or tea tree oil. You can buy essential oils from Kama Ayurveda, they have a good range of essential oils. I like to mix few drops of essential oil in my body moisturizer.
- Last but not least, Drink lots of water. (I don’t need to elaborate this further I guess :P) HYDRATION IS KEY!!!!!!
I hope you find some treasure in this post & if you are gonna try anything, please let me know in comments how you feel about it.