What impact does winter have on your skin?

What impact do these cold temperatures have on your skin? This is described in the blog below. We also give 5 tips so you can prevent dry skin this winter.

What is different in the winter?

Apart from the fact that the temperature decreases during the winter, the humidity is also a lot lower. This makes your skin dry out a lot faster.

Your body also functions less well at low temperatures. This also applies to your skin. The sebaceous glands produce less sebum (skin fat) at low temperatures. Tallow provides a protective layer on the skin. Because less sebum is produced the skin is protected less. This can cause more dry skin and skin irritation.

What are the effects of winter on your skin?

Due to low humidity and low sebum production, you quickly get dry skin. You can recognize this by dry, tight, sensitive skin with loose skin flakes. The skin feels mainly tight after showering or after you’ve been outside. Dry skin can also hurt a lot, especially with cold winds or precipitation. Your lips too will soon be the victims of winter.

Your facial skin, in particular, will have a hard time during the winter. This is because the face is mainly exposed to cold temperatures and other weather conditions such as wind and precipitation.

5 tips to boost your skin during the winter

Although you cannot influence the humidity and the cold air from outside, there are plenty of tips to ensure that you will have no or fewer problems with dry and sensitive skin this winter:

  1. The most classic tip there is: drink enough water. This seems obvious, but consuming enough water has a drastic effect on the moisture level in your skin.
  2. Another way to moisturize your skin is to use a moisturizing cream, also known as a moisturizer. This will efficiently bring moisture into your skin. Your skin retains more moisture and feels softer.
  3. The skin produces less sebum in the winter. Tallow is needed to keep your skin moist and to protect it from external factors. The production of tallow can be stimulated by, among other things, essential oils, of which Jojoba oil is a well-known example.
  4. Adjust your shower habit. No matter how nice a long, hot shower sounds, it’s not too good for your skin. Therefore, shower a little shorter or with slightly less hot water.
  5. Avoid strong detergents. Detergents are active substances that ensure the degreasing/cleaning of your skin and hair. However, many of these substances are so strong that they also remove a large part of your skin fat. Especially in the winter, you can suffer more from this. Therefore try to avoid products with SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate )  or SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) in the winter.

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