Skin Care Tips For Dry Skin During Winter / Harmattan Periods

A comprehensive guide on how to take care of dry skin during dry and cold weather (Winter / Harmattan).

Switching seasons implies transitioning skincare habits for many of us. Consider how you pull out thicker, warmer clothing as the weather drops—your skin has comparable requirements. This is not a case of indulgence or superficiality: your body needs to change as the environment changes!

Winter also implies drier skin for the majority of us. Increased dullness and sensitivity accompany dryness. This is due to a phenomenon known as transepidermal water loss, which occurs when water in your epidermis evaporates into the air around you; it occurs more frequently in drier conditions because the air is less wet. To keep your skin hydrated, you will want to protect the skin's barrier, which will make this less likely.

 

The skin tips for dry skin are listed below; 


( i ) . If you are not currently supplementing, start now.

Internally, the correct nutrients, botanicals, and tailored bioactives provide the foundation for healthy, hydrated skin. Collagen supplements, for example, supply amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins such as collagen and keratin.

These have been demonstrated to help the skin's fibroblasts, which increase collagen and elastin formation. Collagen supplementation has been shown in clinical research to improve skin moisture levels when used on a regular basis. Participants' skin moisture levels were seven times higher than those who did not take collagen supplements, according to a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial.

I propose looking for a product that contains additional skin-beneficial components. Look for antioxidants first, as they can help to neutralize free radicals in the skin, resulting in a healthier barrier. Hyaluronic acid is also a good additive. Skin hydration and aesthetics have also been proven to benefit from oral forms of HA.


( ii ) . During the day, apply a "night" cream.

I'm going to reveal a tiny secret to you: Many differences in cosmetic goods and categories can be boiled down to marketing. Hydrating night and day lotions are examples of this. Night creams are marketed as such because they are more moisturizing and thicker than day creams, and so can help keep your skin supple throughout the night.

Day creams, on the other hand, are more lightweight. During the summer, I like a silkier formula, but in the winter, I prefer something rich and buttery all day. So, surprise, surprise, I use my night cream during the day.

Keep in mind that if your night cream isn't moisture-focused and instead focuses on exfoliation or contains retinol, it should only be used at night. However, if you have night creams that are heavier than their sunny equivalents, feel free to use them during the day too. 


( iii ) . Always apply hand cream to your hands.

Especially in the cold, your hands go through a lot. As the days pass and the weather becomes colder, I have noticed that I become progressively red and chapped. So a moisturizing hand cream is a must—I keep one on me at all times. I appreciate products that address all aspects of the skin barrier. To create that dense texture and protective lipid layer, you will want something containing botanical butter and oils like shea and moringa. Then, for free-radical defense, use antioxidants such as fruit extracts, vitamin-rich plants like aloe, or antioxidants straight from the source such as vitamin E, niacinamide, or coenzyme Q10. Finally, actives that support the skin's microbiota can aid to balance the skin and nourish your microflora.

 

You now have your go-to hand cream. Do you know what I do with it during the day, aside than applying it on my hands? Any excess around my eyes is gently tapped away. I see no harm in a little multifunctional use if you're using a clean, natural formula that's appropriate for folks with sensitive skin. Because the area around my eyes is constantly dried, flaky, and prone to fine wrinkles (it is, after all, extremely delicate skin), I like to rehydrate it as needed. A product that serves two purposes is one of my favorites.

Consult your doctor before beginning a supplement regimen if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or using medications. When deciding which supplements are ideal for you, it is always best to consult with a health care expert.


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