With the holiday season approaching, 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, how to keep skin hydrated in winter and how to choose the best lotion for winter dry skin.
Why is my skin so dry in winter?
Why is my skin so dry? It’s a question that gets asked a lot over the colder months. 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 winter 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.
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, causing it to dry out. To prevent this, we recommend wrapping up warm in 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 as the warm air in your home can cause it to dry out quickly. The best way to prevent dry skin in winter 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 throughout the day. Although it can be great for keeping you warm, caffeine is a diuretic, so it dehydrates the body and skin. Alcohol is another diuretic, which you are likely to consume more of during the merry winter months. To keep your body and skin hydrated and prevent dry winter skin, drink plenty of water.
Dry skin in winter: How to avoid it
As winter approaches, you need to know how to keep skin hydrated in winter. Follow these steps to minimize the damaging effects that cold weather can have on your skin.
How to treat dry skin in winter
Avoid harsh cleansers and alcohol toners
To help prevent dry skin in winter, 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, use a gentle 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.