Colder climates can be tough on your skin. When exposed to dry and cold air, the body attempts to conserve heat, and blood vessels in the skin constrict, depleting the skin of much needed moisture. Cold temperatures often mean low humidity, which dries out skin. Throughout the winter months, many people find their skin to be rough, red, tightened, cracked or peeling because of dryness.
Here are the main concerns and actions to keep in mind when being exposed to cold weather:
Cleanse – Gentle cleansing products will remove dirt and help soothe your skin, replenish the loss of hydration and perfectly prepare your skin for your daily skincare routine.
Hydrate – With cold weather quickly depleting the hydration levels in our skin, you will want to restore this. In order to lock the water inside your skin, the level of lipids in the outer protection barrier are crucial. Daily hydration therefore means to find the right balance between oils, that will nourish your skin, and water that will keep your skin hydrated.
Protect – Adapting your skincare texture during the cold weather circumstances is crucial. Even in cold weather conditions, the sun should always be a main concern. Exposure to sunlight is one of the major causes of wrinkles and premature ageing. Skincare products with UVA and UVB protection will help to protect your skin. Sunrays combined with external pollution can create harmful free radicals that may cause skin sensitivity and allergic reactions. Premature ageing is caused by cells being depleted from oxygen, and by reducing your skin’s density, both leading to fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamins and anti-oxidants will assist the skin to maintain its strength and vitality.
Correct – Cold winds and low temperatures contribute to ageing skin by making skin dry, prone to itching and cracking. This requires good moisturising and nourishing actives in your daily skincare. As heated rooms can be very drying to skin, even staying indoors during the cold season asks for skincare that helps you reduce the ageing skin effects during this time of year.