Winter is hard on the skin. The cold winds and dry air of the buildings are not a great help to keep the mine and you may have just abandoned the winter fight against drought and greyishness. That's why we've compiled 5 easy-to-follow tips to help you save your skin by the end of February.
1: First important tip: protect your skin from external aggressions.
Reducing the exposed surface of your skin with tuque and scarf is essential. The less exposed your skin will be to wind and cold, the less likely it will become irritated. Another effective way to protect yourself against the cold is to press on your skin a few drops moisturizing oil, just before going out.
For additional protection, a little reminder, it is not because it is winter that we must neglect sunscreen. The sun and its ultraviolet rays are still there and they are even amplified by the reflection of the snow. These are partly responsible for the deterioration of the moisture barrier of the skin which has the role of retaining the water inside ...;)
2: Second tip: Wash your face, but do it gently!
It is imperative to clean your face for better complexion, to eliminate pollution and dirt, and to allow better absorption of moisturizing products thereafter. However, to avoid doing more harm than good, we suggest using a mild, fragrance-free cleanser that will not destabilize the slightly acidic pH of the skin. For extremely dry skin, use a cleaning oil would also a good option.
3: Third tip: opt for a moisturizer that helps repair the moisture barrier of your skin.
To optimize the hydration of your skin, you have to moisturize it with a good moisturizer. Ideally, use a product that will also be able to help repair the moisture barrier. A skin with a healthy moisture barrier will be able to hold water longer, be softer and more radiant. Look for products that contain a blend of ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acid.
4: Fourth Tip: Exfoliate your skin.
If you find that your complexion lacks a bit of shine, a quick fix is to simply exfoliate your skin, always gently! Avoid pellet formulas that can damage your skin and opt for a BHA or AHA exfoliant . These types of chemical exfoliations are much softer and more efficient.
5: Fifth and last trick: get yourself a humidifier, or even two.
Because of the heating, the air in homes and buildings can become horribly dry during the winter. Some places have a system that controls humidity, but it's rare. A good way to remedy the problem is to get a humidifier for the bedroom. I guarantee a more pleasant awakening, less congested and especially less dry;). If your work setup allows it, a humidifier in your office, where you spend most of your day, is also a good idea.
To avoid a noisy device in your bedroom, I suggest an ultrasonic humidifier. Some, even come with a small screen that tracks the humidity of the room (optimal between 40 and 60%).
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° Dry skin. American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. http://www.aocd.org/page/DrySkin. Accessed July 2, 2016.