Winter skin care: 3 steps to hydrated skin

Learn how to treat your skin in winter to protect it from the effects of the cold

On colder days, air humidity decreases and skin hydration levels tend to drop. Cold wind, hot air conditioning, longer and hotter showers... All this contributes to dry, dull and sensitive skin.

That's why it's essential to adopt skin care that protects it from the effects of the cold and responds to its needs during this season.

Swapping out light summer creams for rich, nourishing moisturizers, as well as introducing some extra care, are some of the necessary steps for hydrated skin in winter. Discover the complete ritual for beautiful skin this season:

1. Cleaning

The first step to healthy, beautiful skin is cleansing.

Give preference to creamy and hydrating formulas, such as Bioderma's Atoderm Intensive gel , a care that cleans and hydrates the skin of the body and face. Or, if you feel that at this time of year your skin is very tight and itchy, you can opt for a micellar cleansing oil, such as Topialyse by SVR , which gives the skin extra hydration, leaving it silky and nourished.

And don't forget the scrub! Exfoliants promote skin renewal, improve its texture and appearance, and allow moisturizing products to penetrate the skin and carry out its nourishing action. A great choice is the Filorga Scrub & Peel exfoliating cream , which gently exfoliates and stimulates skin renewal for a new-skin effect. velvety touch. As for the face, there are several options to choose from that should always adapt to your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, opt for gentler cleansing formulas like SVR Sensifine Cleansing Solution or the Sensibio make-up remover milk by Bioderma , two cleansing milks that leave the skin smooth and clean, without harming it. If your skin tolerates an exfoliating formula, you can opt for Caudalie's Gommante Douce .

For more personalized advice adapted to your skin type, talk to our online pharmacist via chat!

2. Serum

During this season, it's important to introduce an extra step (but it's really worth it!), between cleaning and moisturizing, in your daily face care routine: the serum.

Serums are ultra-concentrated formulas that are quickly absorbed, non-greasy and with a fluid texture, which penetrate deeply into the skin and enhance the effect of the care you apply afterwards. DR ampoules . BIG are an excellent example of this face care, namely the Hydro Active ampoules that hydrate the skin deeply, invigorating, smoothing and revitalizing the complexion.

3. Hydration

Hydration of the skin is essential throughout the year, however, it is in winter that it becomes drier and drier, so it is essential to hydrate the skin well so as not to let it lose its natural moisture.

When moisturizing, pay special attention to the areas that tend to be drier - elbows, knees and feet - and to the areas most exposed to the cold - face, hands and lips.

On the body, apply a rich lotion, such as Barral Creme Gordo , right after the shower, as it will help the hydration not evaporate so quickly.

As for the face, you should replace your fluid summer cream with a creamier and more nourishing one. Caudalie Vinosource SOS Intense Hydration Cream nourishes and protects against dehydration and helps reinforce the skin's barrier function, making it an excellent option to combat the effects of cold on the skin of the face . Again, face care must be adapted to your skin type!

The lips need special protection because their skin is thinner and, due to the cold, it becomes dry and loses elasticity, which can cause cracks. To avoid injuries to the lips, apply a lip balm throughout the day. Uriage Bariéderm Cica lip balm is an excellent option, as it isolates on the surface, preventing future aggressions, deeply repairs and soothes.

Finally, the hands. Quite exposed to external aggressions, they also need special care. Due to the common colds and flu in this season, it is advisable to wash your hands more frequently to avoid contagion. Now, an increase in washing combined with the cold that is felt, makes the skin of the hands drier and prone to the dreaded chilblains. Therefore, take special care, starting with hygiene: opt for mild soaps that contain moisturizing components. Lactacyd Derma , for example, cleans without harming and helps maintain the skin's natural protection and hydration, thanks to ingredients such as lactic acid. Finally, moisturize your hands using a cream like doctor Grandel Specials Protection Hand , which protects against environmental factors, regenerates, strengthens and firms the skin.

In addition to these steps, there are some precautions to take (and that you should do all year round) to protect your skin in winter:

  • Drink water - It's important to remember that hydration always starts from the inside. Drink 1.5L of water a day and your skin's appearance will naturally improve.

  • Put on sunscreen - Whether the sky is clear or cloudy, the sun is always there and so are the UV rays. Therefore, opt for cosmetics with sun protection such as Hydraliane BB cream by SVR , which hydrates, protects and evens out the complexion, all in one care. If you go on vacation to a snowy destination, put on high factor sunscreen. The SeventyOne Facial Sun Stick is ideal to take with you on an extreme vacation and you can also choose one of the many colors available.

  • Take a bath with lukewarm water - Avoid long baths and with water that is too hot, to prevent the loss of natural hydration of the skin.

  • Adapt your clothing to the climate - In addition to keeping you warm, clothing prevents direct skin contact with the cold. Therefore, wear several layers of clothing and, when outside, use gloves, a hat and a scarf to protect the extremities most exposed to the cold.

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