Take care of your skin in the cold months

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The skin, which is very sensitive to cold, tends to be drier and more irritated in winter. Paying attention to its needs keeps it smooth, soft and healthy.

The cold winter winds, rain, snow and fog in the morning can give a wistful look to our lives, especially after the holidays, when we know that there are still a few months to begin removing layers of clothing.

Jackets, coats, scarves and hats protect from low temperatures, but the face, hands and neck are almost always exposed to the cold and biting wind. In addition, the dryness of the environment and the sudden changes in temperature when entering premises with strong heating cause a contrast in the skin that favors redness and even the breakage of blood vessels.

If to this is added the desire to prolong the hot shower every day, it is common to end up with dry, tight and peeling skin. This not only gives it an aged appearance – wrinkles are more noticeable in dry skin – but it also makes it prone to irritation and cuts, leaving it unprotected against infection.

Many skin conditions are made worse by cold this way. Eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea, for example, are exacerbated by dryness and a decrease in vitamin D.

MOISTURIZE YOUR SKIN TO PROTECT IT IN WINTER

The hydration is a strategy, essential in winter, to maintain healthy skin.

The coconut oil is a good choice for all skin types. It is soft, very moisturizing and antibacterial. Although it remains in a solid state when cold, in contact with the skin it melts and provides a soft layer of hydration and protection that is quickly absorbed, ideal for the entire body but especially for the face and neck.

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Products made from jojoba oil – which is more a wax derived from jojoba grains – protect and hydrate and are ideal, for example, to care for hands, especially cuticles that suffer so much at this time.

A traditional whole-body remedy is glycerin and rose water toner. Glycerin, if possible, of plant origin, gives a layer of protection to the skin, while rose water, apart from having that pleasant aroma, helps to hydrate it.

You can prepare the tonic at home, pouring vegetable glycerin and rose water in equal parts in a bottle with a diffuser. It is ideal for daily use. It is applied with a gentle massage, insisting on dry areas such as knees and elbows.

For the lips, unless you plan to travel to a place of extreme cold, it is preferable to avoid petroleum jelly – it offers a protective barrier, but does not hydrate too much – and to opt for more natural products, such as shea butter.

GOOD HABITS TO STRENGTHEN THE SKIN

To avoid irritation, you can also change certain habits in order to strengthen the skin and better resist cold and dryness.

It is important to take short showers and baths, with less hot water but without being cold; use cotton clothing, and not wool, in areas of friction such as the chin so that the skin is not cut; or keep the house somewhat cool and use a humidifier or the water containers that were hung before the radiators to conserve the humidity of the environment.

Diet also affects the skin. Even if you want hot coffees and teas, it is better to opt for caffeine-free drinks, drink water, prepare homemade meals that do not contain too much sodium or sugar, limit alcohol and include nuts and fish that provide healthy fats in the diet.

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