The winter weather is here and ready to launch an assault on your skin. Your skin has just survived a summer of chlorinated water, air conditioning and excessive sun exposure due to outdoor activities. Now he has to fight against cold winds and hot air blasts and dry indoor heaters.
The winter mission seems to be to make the skin dry, irritated and chapped. Cold air will be beneficial to any exposed skin and low temperatures will slow down the blood circulation in the facial skin, making it dull or pale. The dry heat of indoor heaters and dehumidifiers attacks and steals the moisture in the air, drying and irritating the skin. The winter sun will also dry the skin, damaging the DNA that will lead to premature aging. Fight the forces of nature by moisturizing them with creams and lotions. Add moisture to the air using a humidifier. Also, try not to linger in the hot baths and showers because the hot water removes the natural body oils that help protect the skin.
Good sunscreen is also very important in winter. One of the things to do to keep the skin beautiful and healthy during the winter is to protect it from UV rays. This is not because it is the winter that sunscreen should be forgotten. The UVB has decreased but the UVA are still in effect all day! And do not be fooled, cold temperatures have nothing to do with the amount of UV radiation you will receive. It is just as easy to have a sunburn in the winter as in the summer. Clear or cloudy, the skin is continually exposed to UV rays. The sun's reflective rays are also strong throughout the year, 17% on sand and up to 80% on snow! It is important to use a broad spectrum moisturizing sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or higher. Apply it on exposed areas that are under the weight of the force of the winter: the face, the neck and the hands. This will also create a barrier against hard elements. Natural and non-chemical sunscreens, a "green" alternative to chemical sunscreens, are good for health and water supply.
Hands are exposed to cold air and warm air, as well as frequent washing of hands to ward off winter germs. The result; the hands will go to bed and dry. Wear gloves on the outside to protect yourself from cold, dry air and, for more moisture, apply lotion to your hands before sliding them. Give the hands an intestinal moisturizing treatment at night by applying a heavy cream or lotion and then keeping the gloves until the morning. For weather conditions that do not warrant woolen gloves, sunscreen gloves must be worn to prevent cumulative damage caused by UV rays.
The lips are extremely sensitive to the wrath of the winter. In addition to being constantly exposed to the elements, the skin of the lips is thin and does not produce as much UV protective melanin as other parts of the body. Make sure and use a lip balm that protects against UVA and UVB rays. And, be sure and keep it handy because you will want to reapply it often.
Winter may be here, but with the proper care and protection, your skin can survive and be ready for the next battle: the summer!