Winter skin care: secrets to saving your skin 

Winter weather can have a significant impact on your skin, leading to a range of issues and discomfort. The combination of cold, dry air, low humidity, and harsh winds can strip your skin of its natural moisture, disrupt its protective barrier, and leave it feeling dry, tight, and irritated. In this blog, we will explore how winter weather affects your skin and provide tips on how to protect and care for your skin during the winter months. 

Effects of winter weather on your skin 

Dryness and dehydration 
The most noticeable effect of winter weather on the skin is dryness. The cold air outside and centrally heated indoor environments tend to be low in humidity. This dry air can cause the moisture in your skin to evaporate more quickly, leaving your skin dry, flaky, and prone to irritation. Dry skin can be itchy, uncomfortable, and even painful in severe cases. 

Chapped Lips 
Chapped lips are a common winter woe. Exposure to cold winds, low humidity, and the habit of licking your lips can lead to cracked and chapped lips. The skin on your lips is thinner and more sensitive, making them especially susceptible to moisture loss and damage in cold weather. 

Redness and irritation 
The cold weather can cause redness and irritation in the skin, particularly if you have sensitive skin. Windburn, a condition that occurs when the wind strips away the top layer of skin, can lead to redness, stinging, and tightness. 

Skin flare-ups  
Winter weather can exacerbate existing skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and acne. The dry and cold environment can trigger inflammation and make these conditions more uncomfortable and visible. 

Wrinkles and fine lines 
Cold, dry air can deplete your skin of its natural oils, leading to a loss of elasticity and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. The skin can look dull and aged during the winter months. 

How to combat the effects 

To protect and care for your skin during the winter months, consider the following strategies: 

  • Hydration: Maintain skin hydration by drinking plenty of water and using a humidifier indoors to combat the effects of low humidity. Use our gentle and rich Platina Replenishing Cream to hydrate, soften and heal injured or damaged skin.  
  • Gentle Cleansing: Use the Platina Cleanser, which contains preciously sourced alpha hydroxy acids from fruit extracts which gently exfoliate dead skin cells through an innovative process while maintaining the skin’s natural microbiome and won’t strip your skin of its natural oils. Avoid hot water, as it can further dry out your skin. 
  • Moisturise: Choose the Platina Rejuvinating Serum that helps lock in moisture. Apply it immediately after showering or washing your face to trap water in your skin. This unique serum balances the skin’s pH level, protects against environmental aggressions while optimising the skin barrier. 
  • Protective clothing: Wear protective clothing like scarves, gloves, and hats to shield your skin from the cold and wind. 
  • Avoid overheating: While it’s tempting to crank up the heat indoors, excessive heat can further dry out the air and your skin. Keep indoor temperatures comfortable but not excessively warm. 
  • Limit hot showers: Hot water can be harsh on your skin. Opt for lukewarm water and shorter shower times to minimise moisture loss. 
  • Use lip balm: Apply a good-quality lip balm regularly to prevent chapped lips. 

Winter weather can have a profound impact on your skin, leading to dryness, chapped lips, redness, and other skin issues. However, with proper skin care practices and protective measures, you can minimise these effects and keep your skin healthy and comfortable throughout the winter months. 

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