The skin is the protective layer of our body and the areas that are most exposed to different external agents tend to be more sensitive and receive multiple damages.
In previous articles we have already given recommendations to take care of the skin during the summer, but what happens when the temperatures drop and the wind increases, there is humidity and changes from the cold outside to the heat of the heating?, because our skin suffers a lot and dryness, redness, dehydration, aging, among other consequences, may appear.
In winter we must give equal importance to skin care. On this occasion we want to share with you several beauty tips for facial and body care during the cold, and we hope that you can turn these tips into daily care, so that you can have healthy and radiant skin in the season with lower degrees. In our aesthetic center we have different maneuvers and techniques for you to recover and hydrate your skin.
How to detect if my skin is sensitive to cold?
The dryness of the skin in winter is very noticeable when it looks more sensitive and dull ; with a finer, tense, opaque and dull appearance and with a tendency to crack. This happens because the low temperatures contract the capillaries, causing not enough oxygen and nutrients to reach the dermis. It also delays the cell renewal cycle, accumulating a greater number of dead cells, generating a feeling of tightness and discomfort, and the well-known redness often appears, which if not treated in time can lead to deeper or more severe lesions such as eczema on the skin. because of the cold , due to the lack of nutrients and oxygen to the cells of the epidermis, leaving it with a dull appearance.
All these allergies and skin irritations during the winter can be treated.
Types of allergies caused by cold on the skin
Winter can also be a great enemy for health, it not only affects the appearance of the skin, but in extreme cases or in very sensitive people, it can cause allergies. It is recognized when the skin becomes very dry and even causes pain in the joints . People who experience intense physical reactions to cold temperatures, such as rashes and hives, swelling, fatigue, headache, wheezing, and shortness of breath, have what is known as a cold allergy or cold urticaria .
Is the cold good for the skin?
Skin care includes techniques where cold is applied in a controlled manner to oxygenate, vascularize, firm and stimulate the skin’s collagen. In beauty treatments that seek to eliminate acne, it is recommended to expose the skin to cold to retain the active ingredients and reduce inflammation and sebum production.
Summer produces multiple damages to the skin. The sun’s rays produce blemishes on the face and dry skin : melanin production increases, leading to hyper-pigmentation of the skin, generating blemishes on visibly exposed areas such as the face, neckline and hands; and also produces premature aging.
It is recommended to take advantage of the cold months to care for and repair the ravages of summer, such as facial blemishes, and deeply hydrate the skin, with creams that contain any of the following ingredients: ceramides, hyaluronic acid, squalene, butters, waxes, and emollients.
In cosmetic departments there are anti-aging creams that help counteract dry skin. If the skin is very dry and irritates easily, we recommend those that include calming and anti-irritating active ingredients, such as aloe vera, gotu kola and different oils. .
Body areas most sensitive to low winter temperatures
It is necessary to protect the most exposed and most sensitive areas of the body to adverse weather factors, such as cold wind, rain or snow. Although we wear hats, scarves and coats, we always neglect our hands, sacrificing the use of gloves for comfort or because “it doesn’t go with the outfit”, which produces dry hands at low temperatures. We are currently continuing to use sanitary masks and we believe that they will keep us warm in that area of the face, however, they do not protect our cheeks during the winter , it is a thin layer of fabric through which the cold can still pass through, carrying also to the dryness of the lips .
As well as the neck and décolleté during the cold are areas of special attention, since it is a very thin skin. We really like to display the area with glamorous blouses or dresses, we always see these areas as part of the perfect outfit, but without the necessary care it will not look as we want. Remember to keep these areas hydrated throughout the year and if you can perform treatments in your aesthetic center from time to time to reinforce the protective layer, your skin will thank you.
How to take care of the skin during the winter?
You always have to pamper your skin, no matter what time of year it is. Right now it is recommended to use body creams to hydrate the skin during the cold months, which, although it is always with many layers of tissue, still dries out. As well as creams and peels to have good facial hydration in winter.
The extremely thin and delicate layer of the lips can crack to form wounds, so always carry a moisturizing and protective lip balm in your bag during the cold, which has shea or cocoa butter, or avocado and almond oils. On the other hand, the skin of the hands can appear rough and flaky, so you will have to use hand repair and moisturizing creams during the winter
The skin is the reflection of how our interior is, everything that is consumed immediately is seen in the texture of the dermis. We can always help our body to create a protective barrier and manage to overcome possible damage from external agents. For this time of year it is recommended to increase the consumption of vitamin C (kiwi and orange) and antioxidants (carrots, celery, green leafy vegetables, sprouts, avocado, nuts and seeds) . And, on the other hand, minimize the consumption of ultra-processed foods, high in fat and sugar. Try to drink water, natural juices or infusions, so that you help your skin stay hydrated.
Thanks to the current variety in cosmetics, the best facial treatment can be created as long as you read the ingredients and functions for each skin type carefully. The beauty products that cannot be missing from your shelf are :
- Skin cleansing (that are mild surfactants such as glutamates, glycinates or magnesium or zinc sulfates, so that your skin is clean without irritating or drying it out)
- Facial mask (with hyaluronic acid, ceramides or vitamin E)
- Creams for the facial contours, neck and décolleté, in charge of reinforcing the skin’s hydration barrier and preventing it from losing water
- Eye contour creams.
Moisturizing creams to protect the face from the cold
Direct solar radiation is just as dangerous as indirect: the one that returns snow, wet beach sand or damp grass. With a protective cream for the cold you will block the sun’s rays, which are the main cause of photoaging. That is, it accelerates the appearance of signs of aging such as wrinkles or spots. That is why we say that sunscreens are the best anti-aging creams.
To prevent the sun from damaging the skin, you should use a face protector against the cold every day before leaving the house; Be especially careful if they are days in the snow, as it acts as a mirror and makes exposure to the sun more direct. If you are very flirtatious, we recommend using makeup with a high protection index, at least 15. And if you are an athlete or enjoy outdoor activities, use SPF 50+ creams and caps or hats.
Aesthetic beauty treatments ideal for winter at Slow Life House
Consult our facial aesthetic medicine treatments with a free diagnostic appointment, in which we can trace an aesthetic route adaptable to the needs of your complexion, with impeccable professional hands and the best and most specialized professional cosmetic products to achieve our goals.