Especially in winter, the skin faces new challenges because the climatic changes of the cold season place a particular strain on the skin. For example, the dry heating air and lower humidity lead to more moisture being removed from the skin – the so-called TEWL (“transepidermal water loss”) value increases.
Another factor for dry skin in winter is that the sebaceous glands of the skin are less active at low outdoor temperatures and thus no longer produce sufficient protective skin lipids. At extremely low temperatures, lipid production even stops altogether. Because an essential part of the skin’s protective barrier is lost with the missing lipid layer, all the more moisture escapes from the skin. This loss cannot be completely compensated by the skin’s own moisturizing factors.
The result: dry skin in winter. However, this dryness is not only noticeable on the face, but also in the form of chapped hands in winter and itchy skin. But how can you combat itchy and dry skin in winter?
Our skin needs different care routines in winter. If your skin can easily tolerate swimming pools and frequent showers in the summer, it can be quite different in the winter. Even your face cream, with which you are optimally supplied in summer, can contribute to skin dryness in winter under certain circumstances. Therefore, it is best to start changing your cleansing and care program in the fall before the first problem areas appear.
In winter, use a care product that provides more moisture than your care product in summer. The best thing to do here is to choose different products that complement each other to protect against dehydration:
For this purpose, it is advantageous if your skin care products contain the proven active ingredient urea (= urea). Urea is one of the oldest active ingredients in the treatment of dry skin and restores the moisture balance of the skin. By the way, urea has nothing to do with urine; nowadays, the active ingredient is produced in the laboratory. As a natural moisturizing factor, urea penetrates deep into the upper layers of the skin and provides intensive, long-lasting moisture. The active ingredient is able to absorb water, bind it and slowly release it again. In this way, it ensures greater hydration of the skin and regulates its moisture content. This strengthens your skin’s protective barrier and protects it from drying out. In very low outdoor temperatures, it is also recommended to use a care product with a higher lipid content to improve the skin’s protection against the cold.
Regular use of care products with urea can counteract dry and itchy skin sustainably and effectively.
External influences can also lead to increased drying of the skin. Long showers or baths, high water temperatures and aggressive cleaning products should be avoided at all costs during the cold season, as these unnecessarily dry out the skin. In addition, the humidity in living rooms should never be below 40%, ideally between 50-60%, even in winter.
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