Goodbye, dewy summer skin. Hello, dry winter skin. Most of us spend the season fighting the environmental factors that make our skin itchy, dull, tight, and generally uncomfortable. Winter skin is unique and winter skin care should be as well. Your skin behaves differently in winter. It’s up against the elements, subject to colder temperatures, fiercer winds, low humidity, gas heaters and hot showers. So it’s unsurprising that many of us end up with flaky and lacklustre skin when the cold comes in. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Not if you understand the important requirements of your skin in colder climates and how to care for your winter skin.
What causes dry skin?
When your skin doesn’t have enough protective oils, moisture escapes from it. And when there isn’t enough water in the outermost layer of your skin, it becomes dry. This effect can intensify during the winter when environmental humidity is low.
Other common causes of dry skin include:
- Overuse of soap and hot water
- Exposure to harsh chemicals
- Certain types of skin diseases
What’s wrong with dry skin?
On its own, dry skin may not seem like a big deal. But it’s associated with several health problems that could interfere with your daily activities. Dry skin may lead to:
- Areas of thickened, rough skin
- Painful cracks in your skin
- Dermatitis, which involves red, inflamed, and scaly skin
- Eczema, which can appear as round, scaly, itchy, and red patches on your skin
- Bacterial infection
How can you treat dry skin?
Here are 10 important skincare tips for glowing and hydrated skin in winter – Because no one wants chapped, flaky and sore skin.