It’s winter and your skin is dry because of the cold? Here are some tips for dry, itchy skin and a mild winter.
In the dead of winter, the freezing weather doesn’t spare our skin and we feel like our usual skin care routine isn’t enough. We’ve taken care to protect baby from the cold, but have we really taken time for ourselves? Our skin is drier, tighter or with red patches and our complexion is less radiant. So how can we stop having dry and itchy skin?
Very dry skin: what to do?
We put together three or four “wardrobes” of skin care products that we switch around depending on the season. As winter approaches, when you wonder how to stop having dry skin, you can make an appointment with a dermatologist to get advice on how to deal with this season.
Dry and itchy skin: oil
Good cleansing is the foundation of an effective skincare routine, no matter what the season. In winter, when our skin is drier, we can replace our usual cleanser with a non-comedogenic cleansing oil, so as not to clog pores. The oil effectively removes impurities and makeup and contains small molecules with emulsifying properties. Thus it dissolves and disappears completely with rinsing. The skin is then soft and luminous without being greasy.
Deeply cleanse dry skin in the evening
When the weather is very cold and your skin is itchy and dry, you can simply wipe your face gently with a cotton pad soaked in toner in the morning. This refreshes the skin while preserving its lipidic barrier, which prevents the water contained in the cells from evaporating. On the other hand, one proceeds to a thorough cleaning in the evening.
Against the itchiness of dry skin, we eliminate the dead skin
If our skin is dry on the surface, it means that we need to get rid of the dead skin cells that prevent deep hydration of the skin. Mechanical scrubs that contain small grains should be used sparingly in winter: they can irritate skin that is already sensitized by the cold. It is better to use a chemical scrub twice a week. The enzymes it contains “nibble” at the dead cells without damaging the healthy skin.
Take care of your dry skin at night
Especially in winter, it’s a good idea to invest in a night cream that works deep down while we sleep and to regularly apply a moisturizing mask to leave on all night. Many specialized brands also market protective creams, which are particularly relevant if we spend extended periods of time outdoors, for example when going skiing. One thinks of applying a solar screen in addition, according to the sunning.
Nourish your dry skin from the inside
When you have very dry and itchy skin, you can also nourish your skin from the inside out by making sure your diet is sufficiently rich in antioxidants and omega-3, 6, 7 and 9, which are found in nuts and avocados. Physical activity, in all its forms, stimulates blood circulation in the skin and contributes to making it more supple and smooth.
AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) and vitamin C come to mind
If we go to a beauty salon, we choose an express treatment with massage, ideal in this season. If our skin looks tired and grayish and suffers the repercussions of the flu or a prolonged cold, we opt for vitamin C, which will restore its radiance and eliminate the signs of winter fatigue.
With its reduced amount of sunshine, winter is the ideal time to start a treatment with AHAs. These treatments, which restore the skin’s structure, should be avoided in the summer, as the sun can harm the skin and create pigmentation spots. After an AHA treatment, a sunscreen should always be used, even in winter.
In case of very dry skin and very strong itching like eczema, this type of acid-based care should be used with caution. A good dermatologist will advise us on the appropriate care and on the products that best suit our skin type.
In addition to our skin, we should not hesitate to protect ourselves from the cold in general. What are your tips?