Keeping the winter skincare game on point

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The Modern East

If you live in a part of the world that experiences cold weather, you’ll know how difficult it is for your skin. The frigid temperatures can wreak havoc on your skin, both on the face and body. It gets dry, flaky and can sometimes even often crack. This can be painful or itchy. As temperatures drop, winter skincare becomes vital. Prolonged exposure to cold air often results in dry and flaky skin or can trigger other issues, as you know!. Without the use of additional moisturizers and proper protection from the elements, these skin problems can become itchy or painful. Wedding Affair presents some essential skincare tips for your winter routine.

You know it – MOISTURISE

skincareIt’s no secret your skincare needs a moisture boost when the humidity drops. Every dermatologist we know has stressed the importance of moisturizing in skincare as the seasons’ change, but they all had a slightly different way of doing so. For winter, when we want maximum absorption of hydration, it’s a good idea to put on your serum or moisturizer while your skin is still damp from the toner. (If you’re using Retin-A, then you should still wait 20 to 30 minutes before applying it.)

Skincare swaps you need

You swapped out your summer clothes for heavy-duty winter garb to protect yourself from the elements, didn’t you? Well, the same way you switch out your tank tops for your turtlenecks, you should change up your skincare routine to better align with the climate. Trust us: Those lightweight skincare moisturizers and serums may not cut it on sub-freezing, windy days. Swap your facial foams, moisturisers, hand creams and soaps.

Using Lukewarm water

It is very tempting to go for hot showers when the temperature is dipping. But if you love your skin, avoid them. Instead, use lukewarm water to shower and wash your face. Hot showers dry your skin quickly, and if you do not moisturize it immediately, your skin can develop cracks and winter eczema. Once you have taken a lukewarm shower, apply a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid and ceramides. This will keep the moisture barrier intact and prevent dryness.

Avoid Long Hot Showers

There are many simple ways to combat the causes of dry winter skin and help keep your skin feeling moist and supple all season long, including some easy changes to your everyday routine. For example, after taking a not-quite-so-hot shower, “blot skin dry and apply a thick moisturizer within a few minutes after bathing to seal the water into the skin,” says Linda Stein Gold, MD, a dermatologist at Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

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Dietary Changes

With a direct connection between the gut and skin health, increasing your daily intake of fats may help with dry skin. Marchbein recommends eating a diet rich in walnuts, olive oil, and avocados (but not to sub them for a proper skin-care routine). While that extra glass of full-bodied red wine may seem like a good idea, Marchbein takes a conservative approach. “Don’t overdo it with alcohol, caffeine, and coffee,” she explains, as they are diuretics that will cause dehydration. And, she says, “drink tons of water.” (Source: Vogue)

Hydrating Serum

“In general, skincare serums contain topical antioxidants including vitamin A, C and E. They also contain topical retinol and ingredients that even out skin tone. When layered underneath moisturizers, serums act as a targeted treatment for wrinkles, pigmentation and redness,” said Dr Angela J. Lamb, a board-certified dermatologist and associate professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s department of dermatology. A hydrating serum is one of the most important parts of daily winter skincare. (Source: Today)

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