Dry skin in winter; issue of circulation

At low outside temperatures, vasoconstriction, or narrowing of the blood vessels, occurs. “The cold forces the body, which must always be at the same temperature, to warm up at the expense of the skin.

Signs of dry skin in winter

How do you know if you have drought zones? You see dead white skin that remains on the surface of the skin. It’s rougher to the touch. Some redness may appear on the face. It is also possible that there are darts or small skin desquamations. On the body, certain areas, such as the elbows or knees, tend to look grainy or horny. “This is the phenomenon of keratosis pilaris,” explains the dermatologist. The skin feels tight and itchy.

How to soothe dry skin in winter

gives us a few tips to protect us from dehydration during the winter.

1. Cover yourself enough

The main causes of dry skin are of course the weather conditions and the cold. It is therefore a good idea to wear enough warm and covering clothing so that you can protect your face, but also your hands and ears against the bad weather. So our motto here is: gloves and hat on!

2. Hydrate from the inside so that it is visible on the outside

Drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent your skin from drying out. And yes, if it is less hot, you will also be less thirsty (or less often anyway). But even during the winter months, your body needs at least 1.5 liters of water per day to keep your skin hydrated and functioning optimally.

3. Eat a balanced and varied diet

The skin needs essential nutrients to protect itself and rebuild its structure. Certain vitamins and minerals contribute to the normal functioning of the skin, such as vitamins A and C and iodine for example. So make sure you eat enough seasonal fruits such as grapefruit, oranges, lemon, kiwis, mandarins and clementines. When necessary, certain nutritional supplements can always be taken for that extra push to build up a reserve of vitamins and minerals !

4. Apply a good moisturizing cream

A moisturizing cream is indispensable during the winter, especially for those who already have mainly dry skin . Apply a day care in the morning to protect the skin from external factors, and apply a night care before going to sleep to promote skin regeneration and also fight against skin ageing.

5. Clean the skin first

Always apply the cream only after the skin has been cleansed , otherwise the impurities will prevent good penetration of the care into the skin. It is therefore preferable to apply a care after a shower or bath or after the daily cleaning of your skin . Also, water dries out the skin. So avoid too hot water when bathing or showering and don’t forget that you should always moisturize your skin after swimming, because chlorine dries the skin out extremely.

6. Use a serum

A serum is a specific care that moisturizes even the deepest layers of the skin. It is an indispensable product to fight against premature skin aging and can be used as a complement to other moisturizing treatments (cream, milk, lotion, etc.). It is best to apply this under your day or night care, with extra attention to the eye contour.