As you know, skin problems can occur at any time of the year, which is why the right choice of facial skin care products for each period is so important. It is important to understand that winter care is especially important for sensitive skin prone to dryness. Which cream, or rather, cream with which components, is ideal for winter facial skin care, helping it survive extreme winter temperatures and giving natural softness and beauty? The best thing to do is to talk to a dermatologist.

The feeling of tightness, hypersensitivity, cold allergies can spoil the mood even for people with normal and combination skin, what about the owners of dry and sensitive?

Dehydration and dryness appear as a result of a violation of the integrity of the hydrolipidic film on the surface of the epidermis, which reduces the protective functions of the skin as a whole. In owners of dry skin, the number of sebaceous glands and their functional activity are lower, the protective barrier of the epidermis is damaged much more easily, such skin turns red very quickly and begins to peel off with improper care in winter. Therefore, winter care should be maximally aimed at softening the epidermis, preventing moisture loss, and increasing the protective properties of the skin.

What components should be included in a day cream during such an extreme period?

First of all, the lipid base of the cream, due to the high (up to 70%) fat content in the aqueous phase, is designed to protect and regularly care for dry and sensitive skin. Lipids, ceramides of class 3 and class 6, and oils rich in unsaturated fatty acids (peanut, olive, soybean, wheat germ, almond oil) are well distributed over the surface of the epidermis, soften it. Lipobase cream helps restore the epidermal barrier of the skin, strengthen it and relieve irritation and hyperemia.

It is good when ingredients such as wax (natural beeswax or synthetic) or a small amount of liquid paraffin are included in protective creams for the winter period, such components prevent transepidermal moisture loss. Such a cream must be applied before going outside in severe frost.

One should not forget about such a protection factor as SPF, especially if you are undergoing a course of peeling or whitening procedures. Even the cold winter sun can cause a lot of trouble.

The opinion that humidification should be postponed until warmer times is not entirely true. Dryness of the epidermis is one of the stigmas of chronoaging, since with age there is a decrease in the number and functional activity of the sebaceous glands, the production of endogenous hyaluronic acid also proportionally decreases starting from the age of 25. Moisturizers with a light base are best used as a night cream. Creams and serums with low molecular weight hyaluronic acid can also be used in winter, as small molecules easily penetrate the epidermal barrier and do not remain on the surface, do not form a film.

After a shower, both for the face and for the whole body, complexes with natural unsaturated oils, such as olive oil, wheat germ oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, etc., are an intensive emollient that optimizes the lipid balance of the epidermis. Natural oils are rich in natural vitamins and provitamins, quickly absorbed, soothe the skin, making it soft and supple.

Properly selected care allows you to remain young and beautiful even in severe frost and blizzard!

Author: Dermatologist, methodologist of the company "Evroesthetgroup"

Varvara Reshetnikova

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