It seems impossible to get used to the cold - every year he takes us and our bodies by surprise. Moreover, the skin suffers immediately from the effects of cold, and from the included heating. The Daily Poster has put together some simple and effective rules that will help you successfully winter.
Give up a hot shower
Yes, with the onset of cold weather all that we want when we return home is to climb under the most hot water and thaw properly. Unfortunately, this is very harmful to the skin: hot water flushes lipids from it, thereby violating the protective barrier. The integrity of the skin barrier is always important, but especially in winter, because damaged skin will respond even more to harsh environmental conditions. Also, hot water evaporates quickly, leaving small cracks on the skin - it is because of this that you can sometimes feel itching and discomfort immediately after a shower.
But this, of course, does not mean that in winter you will have to stand under a cold shower - it is best to wash in water of a comfortable warm temperature. In addition, the amount of time you spend in the bathroom is important. The American Association of Dermatologists recommends reducing the time of water procedures to 10 minutes to avoid the same leaching of important fats from our skin.
Stock up on Vaseline
Vaseline is considered to be a primitive and cheap product, which can hardly be considered a real skin care product. And very in vain. To date, petroleum jelly remains the most effective moisturizing component. The fact is that one of the main aspects by which we can judge the effectiveness of the moisturizer is its ability to trap moisture in the skin (it is scientifically called to prevent “transepidermal moisture loss”, or TEWL). Vaseline can reduce TEWL by 98% - significantly more than any other occlusive components. This makes it the best way to combat dryness, weathered skin and peeling.
By the way, various myths about the dangers of petroleum jelly are really just myths. For example, information about the high comedogenicity of this component was refuted as far back as the last century, and the warning about the content of dangerous aromatic hydrocarbons in it applies only to crude petroleum jelly (which will definitely not get into your cosmetics).
Apply petroleum jelly on dry areas of the face and body, use as a lip balm or night hand mask, smear on cuticles. You can use both pure petroleum jelly and various creams based on it.
Well, if the soul does not lie at all with Vaseline, try lanolin - this is the next most effective occlusive component.
Go to Moisturizing Soap
It is impossible to advise washing your hands less often during the cold season, because it is at this time that we are usually overtaken by epidemics of flu and colds. Therefore, washing your hands costs even more - but it’s better to choose a mild and moisturizing cleanser . As part of such a soap, there will be no sulfates at all (SLS and SLES), or they will be supplemented with other surfactants - for example, amphoteric ones . The latter are obtained from fatty acids of vegetable oils (coconut, sunflower, rapeseed), and they are able to mitigate the effect of more aggressive surfactants. After washing your hands (as well as your face and body), you should not have a feeling of tightness and an acute desire to apply a moisturizer. If this happens, then the product is too aggressive and breaks your epidermal barrier.
If during the day you often use an antiseptic for your hands, do not forget to wear a tube of moisturizer with it, because alcohol in the composition of such products can greatly dry your skin.
Put a humidifier
Perhaps, more than any cold weather, our skin in the winter season suffers from heating. Heaters, of course, save us from the cold, and without them our suffering would have been much worse, but the air they dried adversely affects the condition of the skin and its protective functions. We have already talked about how to understand that the humidity in your room is low, and how to choose a suitable device; and here we recall the key points. Firstly, at low humidity in the room, the occurrence of inflammatory processes in the skin is noted. Perhaps you noticed an exacerbation of rashes in the winter period - and so, in most cases this happensit is because of the dry air. Secondly, in dry air, the skin loses moisture much faster - a moisturizer will help to avoid this. In the end, with an optimum humidity of 40-60%, influenza viruses die faster , and fungi and ticks multiply with much less enthusiasm.
Apply cream to wet skin
Many are accustomed, leaving the shower, to immediately wipe dry and apply a moisturizer only when the skin is completely dry. And this is fundamentally wrong. After all, the task of a moisturizer is to trap moisture in the skin. And in order to successfully cope with this task, the cream needs the very moisture that it can lock. Therefore, the American Association of Dermatologists recommends applying the cream as soon as you leave the shower while your skin is still slightly moist. This will help moisturizers work more efficiently, and you - to avoid discomfort.