I know how it feels when you have dry winter skin. Your skin feels tight and itchy always after a shower or bath in winters, when you touch it feels rough and scaly, itching causes some burning sensations that may bleed sometimes. And the most annoying is dryness over the face. The area around the lips appears white and dry. People will accost you for your dry face when they touch your cheeks.
You may wonder that what causes dry skin in winters?
Dry winter skin is a common problem as the humidity outside is low during winter which causes our skin moisture to evaporate too quickly and leaves the skin dry and flaky. Your skin has its moisture in the form of oil. Yes, we all indeed sebaceous gland beneath our skins which bring forth the moisture through our skin pores. The sebaceous gland is attached to hair follicles that release a fatty substance called sebum. Sebum provides flexibility and moisture to your skin. During winters it evaporates leaving the dermis dry.
Aside from the skin anatomy, there may be certain other factors or daily skin habits that might cause dry winter skin, such as:-
- Using harsh soaps that contain caustic soda, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens.
- Some skin-related disorders.
- Taking hot showers and baths.
You might be thinking like winters are not so cool, summers are good instead. Well, don’t worry, with some precautions and tips you can scrap out the dry skin forever.
How to prevent dry skin in winter naturally?
1. Stay hydrated
Your water consumption has a lot to do with your skin. Yes, water helps in flushing out the harmful toxins out of your body, cleans your skin, and gives it a radiant glow. As we don’t drink enough water in winters, we suffer from dry skin. Make it a habit of drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day whether It’s hot or cold.
Do you know drinking more water will help in lowering your skin aging like wrinkles and tightens your skin, gives you a better complexion and glow?
2. Moisturize regularly
Use the right type of moisturizer for your skin, from the right type I mean be aware of your skin type and choose a moisturizer according to it. For instance, if you have dry skin then use creams with good oil content, and if you have oily skin then use lotions over creams.
There are some ingredients to check the good moisturizer for the skin, such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, salicylic acid, ceramides.
3. Avoid hot showers
Well using hot water is so relaxing and convenient during winters, but somehow it unlocks the moisture in your skin and leaves your skin dry and patchy. Use lukewarm water instead. Little less hot water will prevent you from dry skin issues.
4. Wash face only twice a day
Don’t wash your face multiple times in winters as already humidity leaches out all your moisture. Wash only two times a day, once in the morning and once at night before going to bed, to remove all the dirt from it. The natural oil in your skin keeps the skin moisturized, so don’t remove it by washing your face repetitively.
5. Use face serum at night
How to treat dry skin on the face? Here is your answer. The serum is a skincare product that you use before moisturizer, to deliver the necessary ingredient to penetrate your skin. You should use vitamin C or vitamin E serum at night. Both the vitamins are excellent for the skin and lock the moisture overnight within your skin. Along with the vitamins, there is hyaluronic acid and good oils like Argon oil.
Serum enriched with these vitamins have antioxidants that protect our skin from harsh winter weather. Add this is in your winter skincare routine.
6. Use sunscreen
Sun’s harmful radiation absorbs all your moisture even in winters. So, it’s better to use a good sunscreen when step out of home in winters to protect the skin’s natural moisture. Sunscreen not only protects you from U.V rays but also helps in adding moisture to dry skin.
Skincare is also an essential part of our routine as our appearance is important in our work life, personal grooming, and skin health. And in winter it becomes more important as our moisture flies away. The skin has its oil content within sebaceous glands, which secretes sebum. The cold weather outside, cool air, the dropping of humidity in the air are the reasons for dry winter skin. Skin dryness isn’t a very serious issue, almost every person goes through this condition in winters. So, by paying attention to our skincare habits we can get rid of them. Keeping yourself hydrated enough will help to nourish your cells and will give you a glow. Don’t use harsh soaps over the skin, instead use skin-friendly products. Use good quality face serums and sunscreen. Limit your hot water bath.