Treat your skin in winter
With the biting cold, the high winds, the scarves that sting and the excessive heating of the housing, the skin of your face is victim of many aggressions during the cold season. Drought, tightness, redness and imperfections can be at the rendezvous. Fortunately, we can avoid many inconveniences, as long as we integrate a proper beauty routine. By adopting good habits and choosing the right products, you will allow your pretty face to remain radiant throughout the winter period.
Take good habits
If, in cold weather, your skin tends to look like sand paper, it is essential that you follow certain recommendations.
First, use a mild soap to rid it of impurities.
Never forget to remove makeup before going to bed.
Avoid making potentially irritating treatments, such as over-frequent scrubs or the use of highly astringent and drying products.
Try instead to take the time to make a hydrating mask on occasion.
Moisturize your skin, morning and evening, with a cream, which will allow your skin to rebuild the protective film that allows it to maintain its shine and soft texture. This film tends to have difficulty rebuilding after washing, especially when the skin ages, hence the importance of using a moisturizer. Given the overwhelming amount of moisturizing products available in pharmacies and supermarkets, choosing the one that’s right for you is not easy.
Choose the right cream
Price does not necessarily make the difference
First of all, great news: just because one cream is priceless does not mean it’s better than another. Affordable brands such as Aveeno, Marcelle, Cetaphil or Vaseline Clinical Therapy are recommended by dermatologists. Lipikar products from La Roche-Posay or Clinique products are also very good.
What makes the difference is not the money you pay, but what the product contains. For example, hyaluronic acid is the best known moisturizer and it also acts on wrinkles because it promotes cell reconstruction. Omega creams are also highly recommended.
Very dry skin
If your skin is very dry or exposed to the sun or the wind, choose without hesitation for a richer occlusive cream. Some natural ingredients, like shea butter, are perfect for very dry skin. Aging skin tends to become lazy and therefore dries more quickly.
If that’s the case with your skin, products like Lipikar, Clinical Therapy, as well as creams based on hyaluronic acid (often more expensive), will be ideal. Indeed, these products allow prolonged and deep hydration.
Oily to combination skin
If your skin is oily or mixed, it does not mean that you will escape the winter drought. On the contrary, the frequent use of drying products or too powerful soaps, combined with a deficient hydration, can cause coetaneous reactions. In short, the moisturizer will not give you buttons, it will avoid you!
Choose a lighter cream, a non-greasy emollient, ideally water-based, without oil. Look for products that have labels that indicate they are non-comedogenic or suitable for inflammatory skin.
Very sensitive skin
If you have very sensitive skin, you need to be extra careful when choosing a moisturizer. Indeed, some ingredients are irritants or potential allergens and should be avoided.
Opt for products that do not contain perfume or dye and avoid parabens and protein if possible. In general, the less cream contains chemicals, the better! Promote as much as possible products with neutral PH.
Day cream, night cream?
Is it necessary to use a different cream for the day and the night? The opinions on the subject diverge, but it seems that it is not obligatory. The skin is less prey to aggression during the night; it is the moment when it regenerates itself. This does not mean that we have to neglect it. If you want to use a different cream for the night, opt for a cream that targets specific problems, such as rosacea or wrinkles. If your skin is extremely dry, use a moisturizing treatment overnight.
Remember that the sun’s rays, even if you feel them less in winter, are still harmful to your skin. Take care to choose a day cream that contains a protective screen, SPF 30 minimum, ideally. UVA rays, responsible for spots and aging of the skin, are also present in winter than in summer. In addition, they go through the glass windows and clouds so, even if it is gray and you are inside, it is better to be protected from the sun. Be aware that even if your moisturizer contains protection, nothing beats a good sunscreen.
Other simple tips
To have a beautiful skin all winter, do not put your spell only in the hands of cosmetology. Take care to drink plenty of water. If possible, obtain a humidifier to limit the harmful effects of heating on your skin. In general, a healthy lifestyle, a healthy diet and a good night’s sleep can do immense good for your skin.