When the thermometer drops, the skin protects itself from the cold by contracting its capillaries, which causes it to progressively dehydrate, lose elasticity and shine. But with simple care you can keep it healthy and bright.
During winter, the skin suffers from dry wind, heating or sudden changes in temperature. In addition, the cold causes great skin dehydration, because the vasoconstriction of its capillaries slows down cell renewal.
The sebaceous glands, by reducing the secretion of their hydrolipidic mantle, nourish the epidermis less. These factors help the skin to become dehydrated, lose shine, elasticity and become more sensitive. By taking proper care of it, you can reduce damage and keep it healthy and radiant.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN WHEN IT’S COLD
The skin is one of the most sensitive areas to inclement weather. To take care of it and protect it, thicker, unctuous and fat-rich creams with shea or avocado should be used; or natural waxes such as carnauba, candelilla or quince, which act as a protective barrier and reinforce the hydrolipic layer.
Essential oils such as rosemary or thyme, with a high calorific value, can be added to them and should always be applied before exposure to cold.
You can use creams at night in the morning, as they are more nutritious and tend to have a higher lipid ratio.
And in the finest and driest skin, you can use moisturizing and nourishing masks.
In winter, it is especially important to give up paraffins and vaselines, which give a false sensation of hydration and softness, but which often have a rebound effect, which makes the skin drier after application.
In all cases, the cream must be restored at noon to provide more protection and nutrients to the skin.
HOW TO CLEANSE THE SKIN
Special attention should also be paid to cleaning the skin, using milks, which are more protective than soaps and lotions.
The lips, with their thin skin, do not have oil glands to nourish them. That is why it is convenient to take care of them with vegetable butters (cocoa or shea), protectants (beeswax), or different vegetable extracts, such as those of calendula or chamomile.
Finally, sun protection should not be neglected either. It is advisable to use, as in summer, products with ecological mineral filters, although with lower factors.
HOW TO CARE FOR THE SKIN ON YOUR HANDS
The hands also suffer the aggressions of the cold to be more unprotected. Their blood perfusion is lower, since they are far from the heart and often get wet.
It is advisable to use gloves and greasy creams, which hydrate and protect them. Repairing creams that have a greater oily portion are recommended, especially when the skin is more damaged. It is convenient to apply them regularly and always after each wash and at the end of the day.
THE SKIN OF THE REST OF THE BODY
As for the body, it is advisable to apply a vegetable body oil after the shower, to create a protective film that cares for the skin, keeps it hydrated and shelters it. Through the massage that is carried out to extend it, blood circulation and venous return are improved.