As we move towards winter, many of us wonder how we can make our skin more resistant to external factors, especially if we already have skin problems... Because cold weather negatively affects the outer layer of the skin, the reparative barrier layer, making the skin thicker and more fragile. During the winter, oil secretion on the skin also decreases. As a result, the moisture balance of the skin is disrupted, along with the redness caused by dryness, stretching and dilation of thin capillaries. Well, how much do we know what we need to do to our skin, hair, lips and nails to prepare for the harsh winter conditions? From acne problem to the use of vitamin D, from moisture vaccine to the right hair care, 10 must-haves
1- Moisturize your skin
First of all, it is necessary to drink plenty of water to maintain moisture balance. The moisture balance of the body can be maintained with moisturizers suitable for the face and body. Oily creams for very dry skin of the face and body; For oily and acne-prone skin, water-based creams should be preferred.
Since the legs and arms are more prone to dryness, oily creams should be used in these areas. Moisturizing creams optionally usually contain glycerin, petrolatum, ceramide, argan oil, lactic acid and hyaluronic acid.
These moisturizers should be applied to damp skin twice a day, frequently and preferably after bathing, in cold weather to prevent dryness. While they help repair the skin barrier, they also provide hydration throughout the day.
2- Have Moisture Vaccine Applied
If your dryness does not go away with moisturizers or if you want the effect of moisturizers to be fast, you can have a moisture vaccine containing hyaluronic acid.
This application can be performed by dermatologists in one or several sessions with small injections with mesotherapy technique into the lower layer of the skin at intervals of a few cm.
Hyaluronic acid is given directly by injections under the skin. Thus, the direct moisturizing and skin rejuvenating effect of hyaluronic acid on the skin begins without waiting for the moisturizing creams to be absorbed from the skin.
Thanks to the water-holding property of hyaluronic acid, the moisture level of the skin increases. In these applications, vitamin cocktails and salmon DNA, which provide radiance, tightening and rejuvenation to the skin together with hyaluronic acid, can also be applied preferably.
3- Remove Dead Cells from Your Skin
Dead skin cells on the skin surface can be removed preferably quickly and more effectively by chemical peeling process containing fruit acids such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, retinoic acid, salicylic acid.
At the same time, skin care that includes cleansing gels, creams and masks suitable for everyone's skin type is an effective method in terms of eliminating spots, blackheads and acne on our face.
4- Fight the Increasing Pimples in Winter Like This
In winter, the incidence of skin disorders also increases. Wind, low humidity, polluted air and being in closed environments cause acne breakouts to increase.
In cold and humid weather, our skin's ability to hold water decreases, and the restorative outer layer of the skin is affected by this, causing bacteria to multiply on our face. This leads to an increase in acne.
To prevent this, we should wash our face regularly with a milder skin cleanser in winter and at the same time maintain the moisture balance of our skin with a more intense moisturizer.
Especially low-acid foaming cleansers and ceramide-containing moisturizers should be preferred.
5- Keep Using Sunscreen Cream
Not using sunscreen cream in winter after the summer months have passed negatively affects our skin health.
However, it should still have an SPF of at least 30 and above, and it should be moisturizing. Apply sunscreen half an hour before going outside.
Because the cream takes time to take effect. If a long time is spent outside, then the application should be repeated every two hours.
6- Take a Vitamin D Supplement
Our most important and most economical source of vitamin D is the sun. Walking for 15-20 minutes on a sunny day meets the daily need for vitamin D. However, in the winter months, we may experience vitamin D deficiency as the effect of the sun is less.
Adjust your diet accordingly and consume more especially salmon, sardines, mackerel, tuna, milk and dairy products and eggs.
In vitamin D deficiency, our immunity weakens and accordingly, wrinkles increase in our skin.
Hair loss is experienced, weakness occurs in the nails. Therefore, it may be necessary to use vitamin D supplements under the supervision of a doctor during the winter months.
7- Take Vitamin Care Against Dry Hair and Loss
Our hair, like our skin, dries out and hardens with the effect of cold and dry weather. The body of this drying hair is damaged and the hair becomes fluffy, cannot be combed and over time begins to spill.
In order to prepare the damaged hair in the summer for cold and dry weather, it is necessary to maintain the moisture balance. For this reason, hair creams and moisturizing hair masks should be used in winter.
In addition, natural hair shampoos containing almond oil, argan oil, hyaluronic acid ceramide, panthenol and vitamin E should be preferred.
In addition, hair PRP procedures and vitamin mixtures containing biotin, which is an effective vitamin for hair, can be applied with hair mesotherapy technique to provide a rapid effect in hair loss.
These applications are determined by dermatology specialists in the form of special sessions according to the hair loss and hair health of the person.
8- Don't Skip Hand And Foot Care
In winter, both skin and hand-foot care are important. In particular, our hands are the earliest aging area due to the effects of detergent, sunlight, wind and cold.
Hand creams contain glycerin, petrolatum, lanolin, urea and ceramide, and if these creams are used regularly, the skin barrier becomes stronger.
Our hands become more resistant to external factors. Hand soaps should be chosen as oily or creamy to prevent dryness.
During the winter months, the feet are always in the shoes, and therefore our feet dry out and cracks begin to form on the heels.
If we take care of our feet in the winter months, we can have more well-groomed feet in the summer months.
Massage moisturizing pomades containing salicylic acid and urea onto heels and feet. If you can't find the time, you can also do this application at night while you sleep.
9- Use Lip Moisturizer
Lips, like our skin, dry out with the cooling of the weather, unable to maintain their moisture balance. Dry lips can crack and bleed, which creates a feeling of pain and tightness in the lips.
We can protect our lips from drying and cracking with protective moisturizing creams. It is very important to moisturize the lips with moisturizers containing sunscreen, especially when going out.
If lip dryness cannot be eliminated with moisturizers, then moisture vaccination may be preferred.
10- Quit Smoking
More blackheads and acne appear on the skin of smokers.
Wrinkles appear at a much younger age, at the same time, our face looks paler and duller because it causes vascular occlusion.
The pores are opened even more and our skin is thinning down and drooping. Wrinkles around the lips are also very characteristic in smokers.
In addition, the toxic substances contained in cigarettes stop hair growth and hair loss occurs over time.