Winter is the most difficult period for our body. And the skin also has a difficult time. It dries up, weathered, flakes and cracks. But you can help your skin. We will tell you how to keep it in good condition even in severe frosts.
In winter, the epidermis is threatened by many factors. These are low temperatures, high humidity, and, conversely, too dry air due to heating devices. Wind, snow, frost – all this violates the protective barrier of the skin. So it is much easier for dirt and allergens to penetrate into its layers, causing irritation and rashes. Due to the lack of certain trace elements and disturbances in the water and fat balance, the epidermis becomes more sensitive than usual. Redness and peeling occur more often.
It is difficult to completely avoid the unpleasant consequences of cold weather. But you can try to protect your skin from them as much as possible. To do this, follow our care guidelines. Just follow these steps regularly and your skin will thank you.
Wash your face
This should be done twice a day and spend at least a minute on the procedure. So you will wash away all impurities from your face, invigorate, increase skin tone. Use medium temperature water for washing. Not too cold, but not too hot either. And a cleanser that is perfect for your skin type (gel, foam, scrub or lotion). The male epidermis is generally different from the female epidermis, it is more prone to sebum production. This is sebum that clogs the pores, which is why acne appears. If you don’t rinse off the sebum, you will face frequent breakouts and enlarged pores, as well as an ugly oily sheen.
Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells using a product with abrasive particles. Such cosmetics removes the stratum corneum, cleanses the pores, and evens out the tone of the face. And also gives a light anti-aging effect. Therefore, the procedure is especially important after 25 years, when the skin is no longer doing so well with self-cleaning.
If your skin is thin, sensitive, and has a smooth texture, you may want to do this less often. But oily dense skin with irregularities is desirable to scrub once a day, preferably in the morning. A gentle scrub is suitable for daily use. A stronger peeling should be applied no more than twice a week.
Many people forget about this stage. But he’s just as important as the rest. Toner is an essential component of the skincare routine that must be applied after cleansing products. Depending on the composition, it performs different tasks. If it contains AHA and BHA acids, it completes the cleansing by removing particles of dirt that may have remained on the skin after the previous steps. Restoring the acid-base balance, the mild tonic relieves dryness and tightness.
Cosmetic products for oily skin mattifies, prolonging the feeling of cleanliness. Salicylic acid products disinfect and prevent the appearance of blackheads and acne. To get the effect that your skin needs, carefully consider the choice of tonic. It is better to take cosmetics without alcohol with good natural ingredients.
A couple of minutes after the tonic, you need to apply a moisturizer. It should be an effective remedy. Therefore, do not save money and buy proven products from reputable companies. You don’t need to overpay for the brand either. The main thing is that the cream has a working formula. Formulations with squalene, cholesterol, ceramides and phospholipids provide a good moisturizing effect. These components are classified as lipids, so the skin uses them to enhance its natural barrier functions. Better to have two creams: night and day. In the latter, the SPF factor will be a big plus.
Protect from the sun
Most men think of sunscreen once a year when they get ready for vacation. Yes, in the summer on the seaside the chances of getting burned are much higher than in the winter in the city. But the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation affect the skin 365 days a year in any weather. UV rays disrupt the lipid balance, provoke pigmentation. To avoid premature aging, wrinkles, age spots and other troubles, you need to use SPF products regularly. This is the final stage of leaving. Apply it during the day, 20 minutes before going outside. Ideally, use a product with a protective factor of at least 30.
Don’t overdo it
Best the enemy of the good. And in an attempt to make the skin even cleaner, you can finally “finish off” its protective functions. In the heating season, the epidermis is already dry. And he does not need an extra aggressive influence. Therefore, you do not need to go to the shower too often, wash your face and apply cosmetics more often than indicated on the package. At the same time, you will save water.
Support from within
No matter what marketers write on the packaging of cosmetics, dermatologists are sure of one thing: the external effect on the epidermis is not as important as the internal one. We are talking about proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and other beneficial trace elements that you should receive with food.
The skin always needs vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. They reinforce its natural barrier and help to stay smooth, fit and radiant. On average, we need up to 2 grams of vitamin and 1 gram of acids per day. The best sources of these substances are fatty fish, eggs, almonds, leafy greens, olive oil, and Greek yogurt.
It is also important to maintain adequate levels of probiotics. These beneficial bacteria control the digestive system. If digestive problems arise, it immediately affects the skin. Therefore, the diet should contain fermented milk products. Any microelements are best obtained from food. And dietary supplements and drugs can be taken only after consultation with a specialist.