Tight skin, redness, chapped lips… In winter, the skin is strained by the cold and the wind. More than ever, it requires special attention. Here are our 9 tips for taking care of it with Dr. Nina Roos, dermatologist and author Healthy Skin!
1. Go for a richer cream
As you will have noticed, when the temperature drops, your skin can behave very differently. If in summer, you can find it oily, in winter, on the contrary, it appears to you totally dehydrated. It is generally believed that during this period, combination skin becomes normal, and normal skin becomes dry. So listen to what you can observe. Don’t hesitate to opt for a richer cream: for example, you can go from a fluid texture to a thicker and more nourishing texture. It is completely normal and even advisable to change your beauty routine between October and April to preserve the balance of your skin. And don't forget to hydrate your body every day too!
The Rich Cream, Augustinus Bader
2. Cleanse your skin without harming it
When you shower, avoid soap, which is too stripper. When you cleanse your face, an essential step especially during winter pollution peaks, be sure to opt for very gentle products, such as oils, milks or micellar lotions.
Eclair cleansing oil, Patyka
3. Pamper your lips
In winter, the lips are often chapped. During the day, regularly apply a moisturizing stick based on shea, cocoa or beeswax. If you are in extreme conditions, such as skiing, do not hesitate to brush your lips with Homeoplasmin if they are painful.
Cherry lip balm, Carmex
4. Take care of your hands
The skin of the hands is very sensitive in winter, it sometimes even cracks and bleeds. So try to protect it well when you do the dishes, and wear gloves against the cold. Also, apply a moisturizer daily.
Hand cream with orange blossom, Basket of the senses (available on marionnaud.fr)
In winter, the skin must also be hydrated from the inside out, otherwise it cannot continue to function normally. Even if you don't feel thirsty as much as in the summer, consider drinking at least 1.5 liters per day.
6. Watch your diet
In order for your skin to face winter, give it what it needs through your diet, too. Think of the essential fatty acids that you will find in fish such as salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, rapeseed oil or walnut oil.
7. Expose yourself to the sun
If you don’t live in the tropics, and don’t work outdoors, you don’t need to put on sunscreen in the winter, unless of course you go skiing. During this period, the UV index is low. Your face is the only place where your skin will be able to capture the sun, which is what we need to synthesize vitamin D. This is essential for morale but also to synchronize the great biological rhythms, and the times of waking and sleeping. However, the skin needs to know that it is night to go into detox and repair mode.
8. Avoid scrubs
Maybe you think it's essential to scrub your face all year round? If your skin can take it, all the better, but if you feel any discomfort, do not hesitate to lower the pace or the application time of your scrub / mask. You can even do without it for 3 or 4 months. If you strip your skin too much, you risk entering a vicious cycle of losing your understanding of what your skin tolerates. Above all, remember to stay comfortable and hydrated. The rest is secondary.
9. Don't take too hot baths
In winter, we dream of slipping into a hot bath, but that is not a good idea! Hard water deposits irritating crystals on the surface of the epidermis, and this phenomenon is even more pronounced when the water temperature is high and soap is used. The right reflex? Opt for a soap-free cleansing treatment and a cooler and less prolonged shower.
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