12 Important Rules Against Dry Skin in Winter

Dermatology Specialist Dr. Şule Albayrak talked about ways to protect your skin in cold weather and made important suggestions and warnings.

Dryness, flaking, cracking, redness, and blemishes on the skin… These days when we feel the winter season clearly, cold weather affects our skin health negatively. The most common problems we encounter are dryness and sensitivity, especially on the face and hands that are exposed to the outside environment. The most important reason for the dryness of the skin in winter is; Decreased water-holding capacity of the skin as a result of damage to its protective barrier.

Wind, humid and hot environments cause complaints to become more pronounced. In addition, hand washing with hot water, increased use of Turkish bath and sauna, clothes that dry the skin, prolonged shower time, use of sac-fiber and hygiene materials that disrupt the skin barrier are other reasons that increase the problems. So what should we do and what should we avoid in order to have a moist, shiny and smooth skin during the cold winter months?

Keep bath time short

Give up the habit of long-term hot baths or bath-sauna in the winter season. Because long-term water contact, such as 10 minutes, can cause skin dryness even on its own, while bathing with hot water and every day can increase the dryness even more. For this reason, it is ideal to wash 2-3 times a week, adjust the temperature of the water between 36-40 degrees and complete the bath in as little as 5 minutes.

Set the room temperature between 21-25

We use central or local heating tools indoors during the cold winter months. However, as we try to heat the environment, we also reduce the humidity. For your skin health, it is important to keep the room temperature between 21 and 25 degrees and set the humidity between 30-50 percent. By using room thermometers, you can better set the ideal temperature and humidity.

Don’t cut your skin

As well as the temperature of the bath water, the products you use while bathing are also important for your skin health. Opt for delicate cleansers in creamy form rather than chemical and drying agents like soaps and shower gels. Dermatology Specialist Dr. Sule Albayrak warns that you should also avoid materials that irritate and cleanse the skin, such as scrubs and washcloths during the winter, and says, “Instead, it would be more appropriate to apply granular body peelings with moisturizing effect on your skin with bare hands.” In the summer months, you can make pouches and fibers, but not very often, as sweat, dirt and oil accumulate more on the skin.

Apply the moisturizing product within the first 5 minutes.

Dermatology Specialist Dr. Sule Albayrak points out that, contrary to popular belief, applying moisturizer to dry skin does not give the expected effect, and says, “It is best to apply moisturizing products within the first 5 minutes after each bath when the skin is slightly wet.”

Keep up with sunscreen products

Our skin needs protection from the sun in winter just as it does in summer. For this reason, it is imperative that you use sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 30, especially on sunny days! In addition, on snowy days and before skiing, never forget to use sunscreen to protect yourself from sunburns that can be caused by the sun’s rays reflected from the snow.

Not without scarf and gloves

On cold and windy days, don’t forget to use a scarf to protect the particularly sensitive mouth area. Also, instead of applying a layer of moisturizer to your hands before leaving the house; It will be more beneficial to use non-wool fleece, leather or suede gloves.

Avoid exfoliation and facial scrub

Dermatology Specialist Dr. Sule Albayrak states that it is sufficient to clean the face twice a day, with warm water and a cleansing cream, foam or gel suitable for the skin structure, and makes the following recommendations: “Dry skin in winter; They may prefer moisturizers for very dry and sensitive skin, and oily skin for combination and sensitive skin. Moisture mask can be applied or moisturizing cosmetic applications can also be made. Peeling or peeling methods that will dry the skin should not be preferred. Again, in order not to increase the sensitivity, it is also useful to take a break from the facial pouch.

Apply protective ointment to your lips

During the winter months, cold, wind, washing the mouth frequently, trying to moisturize the lips by licking because they are dry can increase dryness and eczema. For this reason, do not forget to apply oil-based moisturizing balms to your lips several times a day and use products with protection factors on sunny-snowy days.

It is enough to wash your hands 4-5 times

As in other seasons, in the winter season, instead of liquid soap, wet wipes, cologne or hand disinfectants, due to the high chemical rate while doing your daily cleaning; It would be better to choose solid soaps with glycerin and moisturizing properties. Remember to use warm water, not to wash hands more than 4-5 times a day unless necessary, and to apply oil-based and long-acting moisturizers after each hand washing. It is also very important to stay away from chemicals that irritate the skin such as detergent, bleach, salt spirit or to use gloves.

Vitamins A, C, E are essential

Red foods contain beta carotene and orange foods show high antioxidant properties thanks to lycopene. For this reason, it is very important to consume red-orange foods such as apples, oranges, carrots and pomegranates, which are suitable for the season in winter, and foods that give shine and moisture to the skin, such as dark green leafy vegetables, coconut and avocado in terms of antioxidant properties. Also, make it a habit to drink 2 liters of water daily, although it is not enough to moisturize the skin alone.

Use separate products for face and body.

“The most important thing you need to do to provide moisture to the skin is to choose the right product and apply it correctly,” said Dermatology Specialist Dr. Şule Albayrak continues her words as follows: “The moisturizer to be chosen for the face and body should be in different forms. Because, although there are skin options such as dry, mixed, oily, sensitive for the face, our body tends to dry out more since the hair-oil unit is less in general. Dryness is increasing from the trunk to the arms and legs. For this reason, the moisturizer to be chosen for the body should be oil-based products that can trap moisture for a long time. If there is a tendency to sensitive or atopic dermatitis (internal eczema), moisturizers specially produced for these skin types should be preferred.

Prefer cotton clothes

In addition to what we put on our skin, what we wear is also important for our skin health. Instead of nylon, synthetic and woolen clothes, which cause the skin to sweat and increase dryness, it is useful to choose soft cotton clothes that help the skin to retain moisture. In addition, since thick woven single-layer clothes can cause you to sweat, pay attention to wear several layers of thin clothes and reduce or increase the number of clothes according to the temperature of the environment.

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