Learn About The Best Skincare For Cold Weather
It’s that time of year again – the World Wide Web is full of annual skincare blog posts about how to adjust your routine when colder weather hits. But none ever truly explain why your skin feels unusually dry and tight in winter. We have all the answers here – not only should you focus on more hydrating products, but we’ll also tell you what causes this change in complexion during these months!
At 100% PURE, they are devoted to assisting you to comprehend your skin’s needs and struggles so that you can take the best measures possible to support its health. Yes, changing up a skincare routine is one solution for soothing discomfort during colder months of low humidity – but let us investigate what is precisely causing this behavior in our skin.
Difference Between Dry And Dehydrated Skin
To begin, let’s clarify the distinction between dry skin and dehydrated skin; they are certainly not interchangeable. Dry skin is caused by a lack of oil production, whereas dehydrated skin results from insufficient moisture content.
It can be hard to comprehend what your skin is trying to tell you day-to-day, for instance deciphering if it’s dry or dehydrated (hydrating oily skin that feels tight may still be considered dehydrated).
To make matters worse, as the colder months begin, an entirely new set of issues arises like drastic indoor and outdoor temperature changes along with lower humidity levels. Understanding how to respond when these conditions evolve will help sustain healthy-looking skin year-round! Grasping the issue is fundamental to solving it.
Now let’s investigate more closely what occurs to your skin during the colder months, shall we?
Effects Of The Weather
1. As your oil glands produce decreased amounts of oil, your skin is left feeling dry and parched.
All types of skin, regardless if it is dry or oily, are programmed to produce a smaller amount of oil when exposed to colder temperatures. Consequently, with less natural moisturizer on the surface, our skin starts losing more water, resulting in additional dehydration and dryness.
2. Unfavorable humidity levels and indoor heating systems can create a living environment that is far from comfortable.
We all delight in the sensation of stepping into a warm and cozy room after being outside, however, this is detrimental to our skin’s hydration. The moisture-depleting effects of indoor heating rip away any atmospheric humidity and also allow water to escape from our dermal layers (termed TEWL), leading to additional dehydration.
3. Without proper hydration, your skin’s natural production of oil will decrease, while water retention becomes a bigger issue.
The cold weather can bring about an unfortunate cycle for our skin:
- The harsh temperatures make it dry,
- If not treated with proper moisturizers, oil glands will produce more oil in response,
- More oil production leads to further dehydration of the skin as it is no longer focused on retaining water content and instead is producing extra oils.
This cyclical pattern occurs throughout a chilly winter season, leaving us looking cracked and feeling tighter than we’d like – definitely not the look or feel anyone desires!
Now that we understand what our skin is up against, the ultimate question remains: how do we fend off these threats?
How To Prevent Dry And Dehydrated Skin
1. Hydrated and moisturized skin. How so?
The most significant factor here is to not only infuse your skin with hydration but also prevent it from evaporating. When the atmosphere dries up, the water in your skin tends to escape faster. Helping those dehydrated areas by using hydrating products, like Restorative Sea Culture Extra Riche Créme from 100% PURE, enriched with powerful occlusive agents should assist in locking that moisture into place preventing further depletion of your body’s natural hydration levels.
2. Use face oils
During the long spell of dryness and dehydration, face oils are your saving grace! They can help to supplement the lack of oil production that is occurring in your skin. An oil-based skincare product has been proven to lock in moisture while nourishing and protecting your skin from further damage caused by a lack of hydration.
3. Have a humidifier
With higher humidity levels, our skin can better maintain its hydration and absorb any extra skincare products we use. Installing an indoor humidifier in your space boosts moisture content and keeps your skin looking dewy and hydrated!
4. Avoid long hot showers
After a tiresome day, nothing sounds more gratifying than taking a hot shower. But beware! Keeping your skin exposed to high temperatures for too long can lead to dehydration and make you feel even drier than before.
5. Use sunscreen!
We know it’s not always the most pleasant experience, but sunscreen is a must. No matter what season or if there’s a cloud in the sky, you should apply SPF every single day. Sun damage from UV rays can cause accelerated aging and all those pesky wrinkles that come with it, so don’t be fooled into thinking you’re safe when it’s cloudy outside or during colder months – they still have damaging effects! We’ll reiterate this as often as we need to: please wear your sunscreen!
Share your secrets with us! What techniques do you use to maintain soft, hydrated skin during the colder months?