Regardless of skin type, everyone is vulnerable to winter wreaking havoc on their skin. Signs that winter is taking its toll include tightness, chapping, flakiness, dullness, rough patches, redness, irritation and makeup settling into fine lines. Instead of tolerating these symptoms of dehydration as given side effects of the season, practice good, consistent skincare habits to make them a thing of the past.
Weather or Not
Cold temperatures, low humidity and blustery winds of winter weather, zap moisture from the skin on contact, causing it to look coarse and lifeless. Then, countermeasures to take the chill off further deplete skin this time of year. Indoor heating, including space heaters, is the no. 1 culprit, causing water in the skin to evaporate. Long showers with hot water break down the lipid barriers that retain vital moisture, causing skin to “dry” out.
To warm up, many drink more coffee and tea, which are diuretics that dehydrate the skin. Excessive alcohol intake at holiday parties is also to blame. Many may consume less water during the winter, as the idea of a cold glass of water when temperatures dip is far from appealing. Without adequate water intake to counterbalance these tendencies, all available water is directed to organs and bodily systems first, causing the skin to suffer.
Did you know dehydration is a skin condition lacking adequate moisture? Whereas the term “dry” refers to a skin type lacking sufficient oil or sebum.
Additional factors that undermine skin during the winter include the stress of the holiday season, getting hit with winter colds [and dehydrating cold medicines] and aging. Aging skin experiences a heightened reaction to winter’s woes as it produces less moisture and becomes more inclined to moisture loss.
While moisturizing is important year round, it’s even more vital to focus on keeping skin hydrated in the winter. Hydration helps maintain the skin’s protective barrier, plus prevents premature signs of aging. Remember, dehydration is one of the prime causes of aging, and improper hydration hinders the stratum corneum’s ability to turn over new cells, leaving behind dull, lifeless skin.