Skin Problems During Winter

Whether you are a winter fan who loves the cold weather mixed with the smell of soil after a rain shower and lives for the celebration vibes, or a hater who dreads cold weather and the long nights, we all gotta admit that our skin hates the cold, dry weather.

Dry air, literally, sucks the life out of our skin! Naturally, skin exchanges its moisture/hydration content with air as the hydration travels from the higher concentration to the lower. During winter, air's water content drops to be lower than our skin hydration level, which results in dry, irritated skin.

Let's count the problems our skin might encounter during winter and how to solve and prevent them.

UVB Exposure

Lots of us think our skin needs UV protection only during Summer, which is wrong! The sun emits harmful rays all year long that cause blemishes, irritation, and wrinkles (Photoaging).

Prevention: Apply a suitable sunscreen for your skin type every morning, all year long.

Loss of Moisture

Our skin loses its moisture during winter due to the dry air surrounding it that sucks in every last bit of hydration your skin might hold.

Prevention: Stay hydrated inside out! Apply your hydrating creams religiously, and don't forget to lock-in that gained moisture and reduce transepidermal water loss with the help of lightweight oils and serums and drink 8-10 cups of water daily.

Flaky Cracked Skin:

As a result of dryness, the outermost layer of the skin tends to flake away, creating a layer of dead skin on your face. The same goes for your lips when it gets chapped and flaky during winter.

Prevention: Exfoliate your skin and lips once or twice a week to remove the dead cells build-up. Vitamin A & E are your lips' new best friends! Apply a heavy mask on your face and lips before going to sleep to protect them at night.

Redness and Irritation:

Dry and sensitive skin suffers the most during winter. Because of the harsh weather changes, our skin loses its moisture balance, creating irritated, inflamed spots that tend to be itchy and painful.

Prevention: Wash your skin with a gentle soap-free cleanser that doesn't strip your skin from its natural oils, and rinse it off with lukewarm water. Avoid scented facial leave-on products such as creams, serums, and oils.

NUT Botanicals suggests trying these tips to avoid irritating your skin during winter:

  • Shower and wash your face with lukewarm water instead of hot water.

  • Apply body butters and lotions onto your whole body after bathing or showering.

  • Customize a moisturizing skincare routine and apply heavy moisturizing face masks before going to sleep to protect your face during the cold nights.

  • Scrub your lips with warm water and a sugar scrub once a week and apply a lip mask before sleeping.

  • Don't forget your hand cream!

  • Drink lots of water to stay hydrated inside out.

  • Start using gentle fragrance-free and soap-free products on your face.

Ready for winter, yet?

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