In addition to apathy and immunity problems in the winter you can face another situation — increased sensitivity of the skin. Because of the sudden changes in temperature, cold wind and too dry air in heated rooms, it becomes painfully dry, tight, constantly flakes off and causes considerable discomfort.
In the cold, blood circulation slows down, and the production of sebum, which protects the skin from drying out and damage, is reduced. This causes the skin to become dehydrated, dull and lose elasticity.
To avoid all this seasonal discomfort, or at least minimize it, follow the simple tips and tricks listed below.
How to care for the skin from the inside
Take care of the skin is necessary not only from the outside, with the help of cosmetics, but also from the inside, with the help of a well-balanced diet. What we drink and eat has a huge impact on the condition of the skin, so first you should pay attention to your eating habits. Drink plenty of water. On average, the human body consists of 70% water. Without maintenance of water balance of an organism it is impossible to imagine its normal functioning. It is impossible to imagine also that the skin will be radiant, moisturized and elastic, if you do not give it something to feed from the inside. Do not forget to drink at least a couple of glasses of water a day to make up for the lack of liquid. A healthy and balanced diet has a huge impact on the skin, so avoid excessive fatty foods and foods high in sugar. Make sure that your diet contains enough omega-3 fatty acids that enhance the skin's ability to protect against external damage. To provide the body with this acid, you need to eat more fish (salmon, tuna). If you do not like fish, you can replace it with fish oil capsules.
You should also take a closer look at other products containing omega-3 - nuts, oil, tofu, pumpkin, avocado, spinach.
To improve the condition of the skin and accelerate its regeneration, eat foods rich in antioxidants. Most often it is contained in bright-colored vegetables and berries: pepper, beets, beans, cranberries, raspberries. Don't forget about vitamins.
In winter, there is a noticeable lack of vitamins in the body, so make sure you get them in the proper amount. Especially we lack vitamin D, which we get both with food and when exposed to direct sunlight. To make up for its lack, you can use mushrooms, fish oil, butter, cream, egg yolk, parsley. However, remember that before you start to use any vitamins or dietary supplements, it is better to consult with a specialist.
How to care for the skin outside
In order not to harm the skin in winter, remember a few basic recommendations:
* do not wash with too hot water which dries the skin;
* avoid using Soaps with a high content of alkali;
* use the most gentle cleaning products (soft foams and mousses, oils for makeup removal);
* choose alcohol-and sulfate-free cleansers to avoid breaking the skin's barrier and causing dryness and flaking;
*choose the right season moisturize.
Your usual moisturizer is unlikely to be very effective in winter. Whatever type of skin you have, for the winter you should choose a more dense and rich cream on a fat (oil) basis instead of water.
Tips for choosing a good winter cream:
* look for the following labels on the cream jar: oil-based, for sensitive skin, barrier repair and lipid replenishment;
* as part of the cream should be present components that hold water in the skin: glycerin, hyaluronic acid, silicone, oils;
* give preference to creams that contain antioxidants and form a protective film on the skin.
Skin care is necessary not only during the day but also at night. The ideal winter remedy are serums, fabric masks and natural oils. It is worth trying to use means containing jojoba oil, almonds, avocado, coconut or argan.
Take care of the lips and skin around the eyes
Due to dehydration, sharp winter wind and dry air, they are primarily at risk.
General recommendations for the care of lips:
* do not forget to carry a chapstick or balm that will contain wax or vitamin E-they contribute to the rapid healing of micro cracks;
* avoid matte lipsticks, as they tend to dry the skin, give preference to glossy. If you still decided on a matte lipstick, then before applying it, be sure to moisturize the skin of the lips with a protective balm;
* take care of your lips at night. Apply Shea butter or coconut oil if you are not allergic to them.
To keep the skin around your eyes in order, first replace your regular cream with a more nourishing oil-based cream. Before going to bed, you can make moisturizing or nourishing masks for the skin around the eyes, as well as use special patches.
Protect your face while walking
For half an hour-an hour before going outside, apply the cream to the skin so that it has time to absorb and began to protect the face from environmental influences. Do not forget to pay attention to the lips and apply a protective balm or lipstick on them.
If you are going to ski, play sports or walk, and it's sunny outside, you should also protect your skin from sunlight. Yes, in winter it is much weaker than in summer, but this does not mean that you should neglect the use of a protective cream. For the winter season, you should choose a cream with a sun factor of 15 or higher.
In addition, to avoid chapping, dryness and redness, try to cover most of the face with clothing or a special mask, if you do sports.
With proper skin care for the cold months you do not have to urgently revive it before spring, so try to follow our fairly simple tips.