Winter Skin Care
For many of us, the days of winter bring more than just cold temperatures, the holidays and shorter days. They also bring unwelcome dryness to our skin. Winter is here and the changing weather and humidity can lead to dry, cracked skin and worsen existing skin conditions. Here are some insights for winter skin care.
Your skin may feel the effects of both the outside temperatures and elements, along with the introduction of the new warm air circulating from your heating vent. As soon as you turn the heat on indoors, your skin starts to dry out. This effect increases as we go from warm house, to cold outdoors, to warm cars and so on. The quick change in temperature is difficult for our skin to regulate.
When moisture in the skin is reduced, it appears less full, less toned, flaky and dull. Water is the skin’s main source of moisture. Most treatments for dry skin add water or retain water already existing in the skin. Both excessive humidity (above 90%) and low humidity (less than 10%) break down your outer skin barrier. For the skin to appear and feel normal, the water content of this outer layer must be above 10%, ideally between 20 and 35%.
There are some steps you can take to tackle your dry skin dilemma.
Cleanse your skin without removing all of its natural moisturisers such as Synergie’s Biocleanse – a non-foaming pH balanced cleanser. Then apply a topical skin nutrition such as your Priority B to help increase natural ceramide production. Priority B helps your skin retain its natural moisture. Use a moisturising or gentle enzyme cleanser such as eXfol X that won’t dry out already compromised skin will also keep your skin looking healthy and hydrated due to the AHAs within this product.
Next, use a maximum hydrating agent utilising a naturally occurring ingredient like Hyaluronic Acid (Liquid Lift). Found in our bodies, HA helps keep our joints lubricated and using it on your skin topically is like giving your skin a drink of water. In addition, switch from the lighter lotion you used in the summer to a heavier cream formulated for your skin type. Synergie’s De-Stress is perfect under your moisturiser for the winter months!
Here are some other tips for the dry season to keep your total body hydrated:
- Protect Your Hands- It is difficult to keep your hands moist in cold, dry weather because the skin on your hands is thinner and has fewer oil glands than on most other parts of your body. This can lead to itchy, cracked skin. Be sure to use hand cream and wear gloves when you go outside.
- Avoid Wet Socks and Gloves-Wearing wet socks and gloves can irritate your skin increasing the chance for itching, cracking, and sores. The gloves and socks are not the problem themselves, but rather what we do when we take them off. You need to moisturise your skin to replenish the oils. Otherwise, it will dry out and become chapped.
- Humidify the Air- Central heating systems and heaters push hot, dry air through our homes and offices where we spend most of our time. Humidifiers will put moisture in the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.
- Book an appointment for some hydrating facial treatments to combat any dryness and irritation
Finally, continue to use your sunblock. The sun’s rays are damaging year round, even on a cloudy day. Use a sun protection with a physical sunblock ingredient to protect you all day long. Physical sunblocks such as zinc oxide are fantastic as they offer full spectrum UVA & UVB protection.