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Why is our skin dry in winter?

Written by Kim Eonni

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Posted on December 21 2020

Winter and Autumn are fun-filled seasons, filled with lively Christmas celebrations and warm Pumpkin spice lattes. But have you ever noticed that your skin seems to always lose its usual glow and feel a little dry during these colder months? You seem to be breaking out when you are normally fine. There are dull spots and blotchy red splotches on your cheeks. Though it is a lovely time of the year, the chillier conditions are not the best for your skin. In fact, now is the time to pay a little extra attention to skincare.

 

What Causes Dry Skin?

The first reason is the combination of air conditions and temperature. There is an extreme drop in both humidity and moisture in the and in temperature which results in an incredibly tough environment for your complexion. Winter winds are a culprit, stealing all of the moisture and leaving your skin red and parched. The dryer, cold, and harsher environment draws out the moisture out of all layers of the epidermis, leading to irritated and dehydrated skin. It also makes it much harder for skin to create its moisture in the first place and retain it. The scientific name is Trans-Epidermal Water Loss which breaks down the natural barrier your skin has to protect itself.

The second reason is the comforting thermostat that keeps your nights cozy and warm. Although without it, we would be freezing every single day, turning the heating system on creates an environment that is excessively hot and arid. The dryness and heat can destroy your skin’s collagen which is the protein that gives your cheeks elasticity. This leads to dry, inflamed, and irritated skin and increases chances for wrinkling. Your skin barrier is attacked once again, deteriorating under the pressures of staying in such a cruel environment for prolonged periods as you spend your days hiding from the icy outdoors.

The harsh conditions of the weather and our heatersharm the important barricade our skin has to keep itself healthy and glowing: the natural protective barrier.

 

What Happens If Neglected?

If you let all of these environmental drying factors continuously affect your skin, there are serious repercussions. The dryness will lead to first flakiness which although is quite unsightly, is only the least of your worries. You will feel itchy sensations and as inflammation worsens, it can cause your skin to release histamines. Further deprivation of humidity, which we all experience can lead to cracking, redness and the skin so chapped. These circumstances severely harm your skin’s natural barrier or the stratum corneum. That means your skin is vulnerable to attack and there is less protection for even future conditions and aging. More and more gaps in the skin’s “forcefield” not only allows moisture and water to leave, it also allows irritants and toxins to come in.

Dryness on the skin leads to flakiness and cracking of the skin, which leads to small sores.

 

What To Do?

Even though cold weather seems bleak, the important thing is to recognize its potential to hurt your skin and address it accordingly with skincare. Dermatologists stress hydration! Imagine how you moisturize normally, and increase it tenfold. Your skin is going through a tough time and needs all the help it can get.

Specialists highly recommend sheet masks because of their immense power to heal and add moisture. Specifically, masks with certain ingredients that target the ways your skin is irritated during the cold weather. Hyaluronic acid is a must-have with its unparalleled ability to penetrate deeply into your skin to bind water molecules with your skin. Shea Butter is incredibly emollient, allowing it to seal moisture deep into the skin, making it hard for the air to suck it back out. Manuka Honey is incredibly anti-inflammatory, soothing all of that redness and irritation. Avocado can also combat the dullness by replenishing your skin with vitamins and minerals vital to healthy, hydrated skin.

Further tips:

1) Use only mild cleanser.

2) Use lukewarm water instead of hot water.

3) User a humidifier.

4) Avoid peeling too often.

     

    The frosty weather is a force to be reckoned with, relentlessly drying and harsh to your skin. However, sheet masks provide relief and deep hydration, combating the Cold Weather dullness we are all too familiar with.

     

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