Winter may even be considered by many to be the most chic season of the year. But it also brings a pretty damaging combination to beauty. The low humidity of the air, associated with cold, ends up resecting the dermis, causing a whitish appearance, which, in most cases, indicates the reduction of skin proteins, especially on the face and extremities such as hands, elbows and heels.
We have listed 10 essential care to maintain the beauty and health of the skin on the arrival of spring. Check it!
- Escape the Air Conditioning
Prolonged stay in air-conditioned environments may dry the skin and mucous membranes of the lips, nose, and eyes. The skin on the face can look “cracked” (that feeling of repulsion, you know?) And the mucous membranes are subject to fissures, burning and even minor bleeding. Always have moisturizing and repairing creams and / or healing creams on the skin, lips and hand. Other cool options are the hot springs and spray moisturizers, very practical to apply.
- Avoid Hot and Prolonged Baths
It is not just the need to save water. During bathing, the milder the temperature and the less time it takes, the better. At very high temperatures, water contributes to change the composition of the hydrolipidic mantle, the hydrating barrier formed by lipids and water that covers the skin and which has the function of protecting it.
- No Exaggeration in Soap
Avoid over-lathering the body and use dowels during the bath to not completely remove the hydrolipidic mantle. Prefer neutral soaps that are less foamy but contain moisturizing ingredients. Choose products that have the same skin pH, which is 5.5. If the pH is higher than this, the soap will be more alkaline, which contributes to the dryness of the skin.
- Hydrate the Wires
One more reason to avoid excessively hot water. It impairs the preservation of the natural oil of the scalp that has the function of lubricating the wires, which can cause dryness, breakage and double ends. Therefore, always prefer warm water, using shampoo and conditioner specific to your hair type. Make weekly moisturizing with creams and masks and whenever you use the flat iron and the dryer do not forget to apply a thermal protector to the wires.
- Use the Right Ingredients
Creams or lotions based on urea, allantoin, glycerin, ceramides and panthenol are the best options to moisturize the body. The ideal is to apply the product on the skin still wet, soon after the bath, which facilitates the entrance of the assets in the dermis. And caprice in the naturally more resected areas like elbows, knees and heels. For the face you prefer creams enriched with hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, always respecting your skin type. In the case of oily skin, for example, choose moisturizers in serum or oil free.
- Take Care of Your Nails
With dry and cold weather, nails and cuticles dry and become more fragile than normal. Cracks and scaling are some of the problems. To help preserve your structure avoid very hot water, wear gloves whenever handling chemicals and detergents and prefer enamel removers with oily components instead of acetone. To hydrate use with waxes and creams for cuticles and nails, applying in the form of massage. The more times a day, the better!
- Drink Water
With lower temperatures, it is common to decrease daily water consumption. Big mistake! The recommended medical, which is 2 liters per day, is extremely important to maintain the hydration of the skin and the body which is naturally weakened by the cold weather. Also bet on light or fruit teas.
- Don’t Skip Sun Screen
It is not because the sun has given a truce that you will neglect. Do not let go of the filter in the winter because the fractions of UV radiation are invisible at this time of year, even on cloudy and gray days.
- Princess Feet
The feet also suffer a lot in the winter and it is common the appearance of cracks due to dryness. You have to think about them and should apply more powerful moisturizing creams. If even then, the cracks appear, a good tip is to use rash creams, those used on even babies, in the most affected regions. Apply the product and wrap your feet in plastic wrap at bedtime. Try to do this treatment one to two times a week.
- Invest In Dermatological Treatments
This is the time of year for most favorable rejuvenating treatments. The sessions of chemical or crystal peels, ablative and non-ablative fractionated lasers, pulsed light for bleaching of blemishes and improvement of rosacea. It is also interesting to take advantage of those who do not have tan skin to do laser hair removal.