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.
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.