The wind, the low temperatures, dry indoor air as well as consequential poor blood circulation are all taking their toll on your skin during winter. While many women will be tempted to believe that the lack of luster and sparkle during the cold season is mostly associated with the fact that they have to cover their skin with scoffs and gloves made of harsh or irritating fabrics; in reality, what happens to your skin during winter is that it suffers from dehydration. Let’s summarize the myths regarding the proper winter skincare.
- Concentrated skincare products supply all the hydration your skin needs
In all fairness, dermatologists used to prescribe concentrated skincare products a few years ago, but only because the petroleum-based ointments where the best thing out there for keeping moisture in the dermis. However, as more recent studies indicate, applying a thick cream skin is also not allowing grime and other dirt to leave the skin. In short, if you are prone to acne, then concentrated creams and gels will make your skin more prone to breakouts.
- Exfoliating will only emphasize the dry patches on the skin
While it is true that exfoliating in general will leave your skin rather dry, it is also necessary to remember that there is benefit to the procedure, namely the fact that it promotes cell renewal and regeneration. In regards to combating the effects of the dry skin, it is sufficient to state that if you use an enzyme-based exfoliant and apply a suitable moisturizer afterwards, it is perfectly safe and recommended to exfoliate your skin during winter, no worries about the side effects whatsoever.
- You can regain the shine and glow via windburn
First off, it is necessary to mention the fact that the shine and glow associated with standing in harsh winds for extended periods are only the signs of a dry skin. If you continue to expose your skin to these conditions, then you should know that you risk rupturing blood capillaries and experiencing permanent redness. Again, the secret to that shiny, glowing skin is to apply plenty of moisturizer.
- You can maintain the beauty of your skin simply by staying indoors
As previously mentioned, the wind and cold temperatures are the common factors that dehydrate and dry your skin during the long, cold months of winter. However, you are wrong to consider that you can actually protect your skin from damage by staying indoors as much as possible, especially if you intend to leave the central heating system pumping to the max to drying the air inside your home.
- Extra layers of clothing will keep your skin healthy
Without denying the fact that the best way to stay warm during winter is to dress in layers, it is important to pay attention to the clothes you select for this purpose. More often than not, wearing polyester bodies and nylon stockings will provide you with the warm you need. However, keep in mind that these fabrics also tend to trap sweat, oils and dead cells, thus creating the perfect settings for some skin conditions.