Did you forget about moisturizer on the first day of winter and stop using body scrub until the spring season? You should reconsider your actions. We will explain why.
Before cold winds and sub-zero temperatures leave an imprint on the condition of your face and body, read about the mistakes you have made in winter skin care.
1. You switched to dense texture creams
Yes, the texture of winter care creams is often denser compared to the products for summertime, but cream density is not the main point. It is much more important for the cream formula to contain the ingredients providing full protection. The composition of “winter” creams may include natural oils, preferably rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids and natural antioxidants.
Shea butter, rice bran oil, and apricot seeds should be a priority. Do not be afraid of silicones, particularly light ones: when heated to skin temperature, they evaporate from the surface and the texture of the cream is distributed faster and more evenly.
2. You started to ignore moisturizing
This is a mistake. During the heating season, the skin dries mercilessly – it wants to drink as much as or even more than in summer. The best winter assistants are moisturizers based on hyaluronic acid, NMF (natural moisturizing factor) and algae. Do not forget about glycerol, which performs the protective function perfectly well. Remember that it is important to moisturize the skin 45-60 minutes before going outdoors or before bedtime.
3. You abandoned eye cream
To be more specific, you started to use facial creams instead of the light cream for eyelids. It’s not the right thing to do. Conventional creams for the face, especially dense ones, are not suitable for the eye area. They contain a lot of nutrients, which can cause swelling. If applied abundantly, the cream can melt onto the mucous membrane instead of the skin. Regardless of the face skin type and the weather outside, the skin on the eyelids is dry and thin. So, if you are using moisturizing gels in summer, and their texture is satisfactory, you should not necessarily abandon them in winter.
4. You put scrub aside until spring
Of course, when it is frosty you should not undergo a great number of rejuvenating procedures, otherwise the epidermis will get thin and its protective properties will reduce. If the weather conditions are not extreme, winter is a good time for scrubs and peels. However, you should not use them more than it is recommended for your skin type: 2-3 times a week for oily skin, 1-2 times for normal skin, and once in every 10-14 days if your skin is dry.
Choose cream-based products with polymer rather than vegetable pellets. After all, the sharp edges of crushed walnut shells or crushed apricot seeds can scratch the already sensitive skin in the cold season. It is better to choose acid-based soft chemical peels instead of scrubs, if your skin is dry.
5. You forgot about the lip balm
If you do so, the frost can bite your lips. You will get cracks at the corners of the mouth and other troubles, if you leave this vulnerable area without protection in winter. The lip skin is virtually devoid of stratum corneum, so it is more exposed to negative factors. The purpose of using a lip balm is not only to moisturize and nourish the skin, but also to restore the damaged areas. The cream formulas include such components as panthenol, shea butter, apricot kernel oil, and vitamins A and E to perform the healing function.
6. You decided that powder should not be used in winter
The good news is that powdery textures, contrary to the stereotype, do not dry the skin in the cold. Therefore, there is no need to give up compact shadows, blush and powder itself. However, during the period of cold weather you should be more responsible in choosing makeup foundation. This can be a dense moisturizer that will save your skin from peeling and make the face relief more even. As a result, makeup will look better when applied.
7. You ceased to care about body skin
If you think that warm clothes are enough in order to protect your body skin, you’re wrong. Although not directly exposed to the cold wind, body skin still suffers in winter, both outdoors and indoors. Many people think that the use of body scrubs in winter will lead to even drier skin. Still, intensive cleaning is important in any season, and the only difference lies in the fact that in winter it is better to use scrub once a week.
Cream, lotion or body oil are also needed. The air in heated rooms dries the skin, leading to peeling and loss of smoothness. In addition, such problems as dullness and loss of elasticity develop in winter due to lack of vitamins and seasonal lack of sunlight. Even warm clothing can cause irritation and redness. It is important to find a cosmetic product, which will moisturize, nourish and soften the skin intensively at the same time.
Dryness and flaking can be easily removed if you use products containing panthenol, so pay attention to this component during the cold season. And remember that it is better to apply moisturizing and nourishing products (including oil) at least 40 minutes before going outside.