How does cold weather affect our skin? Restore and protect your skin in winter
A change in season, the temperatures dropping and days getting shorter also means a change in the skin-care steps we take daily. Today we take a closer look at how the cold weather can affect our skin, and we will also give you useful tips about how to restore your skin in this season.
The best skin-care routine should adapt its steps to our skin and to the skin’s needs, which often change throughout your life.
Most people fear the hot weather, linking hot temperatures and the increased time spent outside to more skin blemishes. However, the chilly weather has the potential to cause the same, if not more, skin blemishes.
What are the key factors that make cold weather imbalance the skin?
First of all, besides the obvious colder temperature, we have to consider low humidity, cold wind, and decreased sunlight. All these factors concur to make our skin rough, red, tightened or even cracked.
Let’s talk more in depth about some of the most common skin problems that people experience in a cold winter.
- Fragile and dull skin
One of the main reasons you see your skin so dull, is that it’s probably lacking Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a vital vitamin that our body forms by converting cholesterol after sun exposure. Of course, in winter sunlight decreases, but Vitamin D drop is also caused by people spending almost the entire time inside.
You can increase your Vitamin D level by eating more fatty fish like salmon and tuna, drinking fortified milk or OJ or taking supplements.
Also, in cold weather our blood vessels, responsible for transporting nutrients and oxygen to our skin, shrinks, thus making it drier, less elastic and prone to injuries and irritation.
Many people associate acne with oily and shiny skin caused by hot temperatures. However, acne and pimples are not caused by just having the skin produce more sebum. The consequence of increased sebum production is clogged pores, and those are the ones responsible for a pimple being born. The same happens in cold weather, but instead of the pores being clogged by excess sebum, we have an excess of dead skin cells that struggle to detach from the lower layers.
Remember to avoid touching your skin, so you don’t add bacteria, and to wear a light and gentle facial moisturizer.
- Eczema and Rosacea
Eczema and Rosacea are two common skin conditions that, although their cause is still unknown, worsen when the skin experiences quick temperature fluctuations.
To balance out the effect of the cold, windy weather we recommend moisturizing the skin very well, with the appropriate products. When going out, protect the skin the best you can, and avoid over-touching it.
Try Claregen Comfort, facial moisturizer, to soothe eczema and Rosacea.
- Chapped lips
Since the skin of this part of our face is very thin, chapped lips are very common during winter, also affecting people that during the rest of the year don’t experience this issue. A simple way of improving the appearance of cracked skin is to treat the skin of this area as you would for the rest of the face: apply toner, serum and moisturizer to the lips too.
Finally, we recommend starting and finishing your day with a gentle and soft facial cleanser: Cleansing Cream Extra Mild, suitable for the most sensitive skin.
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