The temperature can be skin’s worst enemy. What is the best way to face the minus degrees, literally speaking?
Cold air, low air humidity and sudden temperature fluctations - no surprise that the skin gets dry, flaky and sensitive during the winter months. But there are a few important things you can do to help it beat the elements.
PROTECTIVE COLD CREAM
Use a cold cream if you are going to face temperatures below 5 minus. A cold cream mainly consist of wax and oils, and this water-free cream (don't be fooled by the name - always check the ingredients list on the back to see that the word Aqua is not mentioned) basically works as a protective barrier so that the winter harshness wont reach your skin. Be aware that if you sweat a lot where it has been applied, the natural moisture coming from within is unable to evaporate, and can cause freezing damage. In these occasions, you should simply cover your skin with wool or fleece. Remove the cold cream and apply your regular moisturiser once you come back inside.
THE DAILY MOISTURISER
Your normal day cream probably contains plenty of water (when you read the ingredients list, the ingredient mentioned first is what it contains most of. For wearing in cold weather, the lower down on the list, the better). If you are addicted to your favourite cream, then apply it at least 30 minutes before you go outside so that the water has had enough time to evaporate and leave the skin. You can then apply the cold cream a a protective top coat. If your regular moisturiser makes your skin feel dry, try switching to a richer version during winter. Same goes to cleansers.
MOISTURE THROUGH FOOD
Eat food containing essential fatty acids, anti-oxidants and vitamins. Omega really strengthens and nourishes skin from within, so eat your fish, beans, olive oil, flaxseeds and walnuts.
Put a bowl of water on or next to your heater. The water will evaporate in to the air and make it humid, that way you can avoid unneccesary dehydration. Remember to also drink enough water. Even though you don't notice thirst the same way you do in summer, doesn't mean your body doesn't need it. 2 litres pr day, thank you!
SUNSCREEN IN THE SNOW
If you´re going to be in the sun, don’t neglect the sunscreen. Cold cream doesn't block out the damaging UV-rays unless it contains SPF, and if you are enjoying cold, snowy mountains in beautiful weather, remember that the reflection from the snow can multiply the sun damage. Apply SPF at least 30 minutes before you face the rays - always. If you are layering your products, sun cream should come first.
RECOMMENDED COLD CREAMS
Dermalogica Climate Control and Matis Clematis