In winter, the skin is particularly stressed and stressed. Dry skin becomes drier and sensitive skin is even more irritable than usual. It is not only the cold that is a problem for the skin, the dry heated air also contributes to this.
We get to the bottom of the question: How can you support your skin in winter? With our tips, your skin will stay beautiful and healthy even in winter.
Why is the skin stressed in winter?
The natural, protective fatty film of the skin is produced and maintained by millions of small sebum glands. At temperatures below eight degrees, these glands produce less and less skin oil, which reduces the moisture in the skin. In extreme cold, this fat production can even be completely stopped. In this way, a major part of the natural protective cover is lost.
Proper skincare in winter
The parts of the body that are uncovered outdoors, such as the hands and face, especially the lips, require your full attention in winter.
Optimal care strengthens the skin’s resistance and supports the skin’s own protective barrier. Lipid-rich creams on a water-in-oil basis help against dry skin. When it’s cold, skincare products with linoleic acid, shea butter or argan oil are very good. These have a high-fat content and provide optimal protection in frosty temperatures.
For people with oily skin or skin prone to acne, however, it is advisable to stick to the care products you are used to, even in winter, or to consult your doctor.
Aside from using the right creams, there are other ways you can help your skin.
1: take a warm, but not hot, shower and bath
A long bath in winter is a real treat for the soul, but an extended bath also stresses the skin. It is best to shower or bathe warm (below 35 degrees), as water that is too hot removes natural fats.
2: The right room climate
The constant alternation between warmth inside and cold supports this process – winter is pure stress for our skin!
First of all, you should also think about the humidification of your home. Heated rooms are just as bad for the skin as the cold outside. The dry heating air removes a lot of moisture from the skin. A humidity of 40 to 60 percent is considered optimal. To achieve this, there are humidifiers, for example. Another option is to put a wet towel on the radiator. Plants also give off moisture to the environment and are therefore natural humidifiers to a certain extent. Green plants such as Cyprus grass, linden trees, papyrus or green lilies are ideal for this.
You should also ventilate regularly despite the cold because the dry heating air is not only bad for our skin but can also lead to headaches and fatigue.
The stress on our skin is particularly high in winter, so it makes sense to eat healthily. A balanced diet with plenty of vitamins and sufficient fluids helps the skin to keep its balance. Try to drink at least 2 liters of water a day.
4: Organic skincare products:
You can also use organic skin care products to make your skin soft and shiny in winter. There are many online stores where you can buy easily multiple products for your body.
For supple skin with a healthy complexion, a mild exfoliation is recommended once or twice a week. The skin is freed from dirt particles and dead skin flakes. Then a corresponding care lotion or cream can be applied.
6: Other parts of the body also need care
Winter not only strikes the hands but also puts strain on the lips, face, feet and other parts of the body. These areas should receive special attention in winter.
7: It’s the amount that counts
Basically, it is important to pay attention to the individual needs of the skin – this applies to both the choice of facial care and the correct dosage. The skin should be given the care it needs in the morning and in the evening after cleansing.
A good recommendation is a “pea-size”. If the skin of the face needs more care, it is advisable to re-apply small amounts more often than to overtax the skin with a large amount. Too large an amount of cream cannot be optimally absorbed by the skin, it can unbalance it and it could possibly react with impurities.
Of course, there are always those lucky ones who – whether summer or winter – never have problems with their skin. But surely very few of us are!