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How To Take Care Of Dry Skin In Winter

How To Take Care Of Dry Skin In Winter

With the holiday season approaching and the start of a new year looming, there’s a lot to love about winter. However, there’s also a major skin concern around this time each year: dry skin. Let’s take a look at why we develop dry skin in winter, and how to best take care of your skin during the colder months. 

Why does skin dry out in winter?

There are a number of reasons why we get dry skin in winter, and though some are due to factors we can’t control, altering our skincare routine to adapt to seasonal changes will help to minimize the effects of dry skin. 

Cold, dry air

As the temperature drops, so does the humidity level in the air. As the humidity level declines, the water in your skin will evaporate a lot quicker, which can lead to the development of dry skin in winter. 

Windy weather

Dry skin starts to develop when your body fails to produce enough oil to sustain the lipid barrier, which protects the skin by keeping it hydrated. Strong, cold winds in winter can strip the skin’s lipids, therefore causing it to dry out. To prevent this, we recommend wrapping up warm with accessories such as scarves, gloves and hats. 

Rapid changes in temperature

Getting home to a warm house after a trek through cold and windy weather can be incredibly satisfying. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that rapid changes in temperature can be damaging to your skin since the warm air in your home can cause it to dry it out quickly. The best way to protect the skin is by having a humidifier in your home, as this will add moisture to the air while your house is warm and toasty. 

Changes in diet

In winter, you may be partial to a few hot coffees during your working day. Although it can be great for keeping you warm, caffeine is a diuretic, so it dehydrates the body and dries the skin out. Alcohol is another diuretic, which you are also more likely to consume more of during the merry, winter months. To keep your body and skin hydrated, make sure you drink plenty of water each day. 

 

How to avoid dry skin in winter

As winter approaches, you should consider following these steps so that you can minimize the damaging effects that cold weather can have on your skin. 

Avoid harsh cleansers and alcohol toners

We recommend using gentle cleansers that won’t strip the skin of its natural oils. Try No7 Radiant Results Micellar Cleansing Water, which is formulated with a Tri-Vit Complex and Red Ginseng to help protect skin’s natural, healthy balance. 

Similarly, with toner – use a gentle, alcohol-free toner to protect the skin’s lipid barrier. No7 Radiant Results Purifying Toning Water also contains a Tri-Vit Complex, and Meadowsweet, which leaves skin feeling refreshed, and looking toned and shine-free. 

Opt for a rich moisturizer

We recommend using a thick, rich moisturizer for dry skin in winter, as this will offer more intense hydration. Not only will a thicker moisturizer nourish your skin, but it will also lock in existing moisture, forming a barrier on the skin’s surface to prevent it from evaporating. To prevent dry skin in cold weather, try No7’s HydraLuminous Water Surge Gel for a burst of moisture that lasts for up to 72 hours. Our HydraDrench Complex is powered by naturally derived plant hydrators, and contains a protective antioxidant blend of Vitamin C, Mulberry and Vitamin E. 

For the best results, complement your moisturizer with an antioxidant serum. Try No7 HydraLuminous Water Concentrate with hyaluronic acid and our HydraDrench Complex for an intense boost of hydration. 

Use a night cream

Having a good nighttime skincare routine is very important in avoiding dry skin in winterso be sure to treat your skin to a more intense overnight treatment. 

We recommend No7 HydraLuminous Overnight Recovery Gel CreamIt’s designed specifically for nighttime use and absorbs quickly without stickiness, leaving skin feeling nourished and refreshed. It also contains bisabolol a proven skin soothing ingredient. 

 

Exfoliate

Exfoliating is a very important step in your skincare routine, as it allows moisturizers and serums to be more easily absorbed by the skin. 

Some exfoliators can be harsh on the skin, especially during the winter months when your skin is already under a lot of stressNo7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum Activating Pads gently remove dead cellsgiving skin a healthy, youthfullooking glowFormulated for daily use, they’re also suitable for those with sensitive skin. 

By adapting your skincare routine, it’s easy to avoid dry skin in cold weather. Though your skin is likely to become dehydrated in winter, using nourishing treatments and skincare products can help to replenish any lost moisture. 

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