The winter months put your skin to the test. Cold and wind affect the natural protective layer of your skin. And inside, the heating ensures dry air. It should be clear, your skin needs extra protection in the winter. How do you ensure that you also have beautiful skin in winter?
Skin specialist Lillian Nelissen: “Every season is different and I therefore recommend that you have your skin analyzed every season by a skin specialist. This way you can tailor the care products specifically to your skin.
Lillian continues: “Because wind and cold damage the natural protective layer of your skin, it is good to use a fuller cream in autumn and winter. This way a layer always remains on your skin as extra protection.”
It is also important to use a cream that strengthens the blood vessels. The skin specialist explains: “The blood vessels suffer a lot due to temperature fluctuations. We often go from a warm room into the cold.”
“I compare this to a rubber band that is stretched too often. At a certain point the stretch is gone. It is the same with blood vessels. That is why a blood vessel-strengthening cream is essential in the winter.”
Also don’t forget the skin on your hands and feet. Put a hand cream at the tap and rub your hands every time after washing. Is the skin on your feet dry and cracked? Then apply a greasy cream before going to bed. Your sheets protect you by wearing socks. This way the cream can also absorb well during the night.
Your lips also require extra attention. So scrub your lips gently with your toothbrush every now and then. Never wet them with your tongue. This will only make them drier. Apply a lot of lip cream.
Mild cleaning products
Using cleansing products can dry out your skin. Cleaning products are actually degreasers. They contain substances that ‘degrease’ the top layer of your skin, such as alcohol.
Lillian explains: “Using such products in combination with warm water is not good for your skin. Therefore, use mild cleaning products in the winter, so that the fat layer is less affected. And also make sure that the product does not contain alcohol. Alcohol dries. the skin.”
To drink water
Water is important for humans. Also in winter. Lillian therefore advises to drink at least one and a half liters of water every day. “If the moisture content in the skin is better maintained, you will prevent other skin problems, such as dry skin, wrinkles or rosacea.”
But on the other hand, be careful with water as well. “Warm water, as well as soap, removes the natural oils from your skin, so wash your face with lukewarm water and use products that don’t dry out your skin.”
During the long winter that is cold and wet, we stay indoors more often. We are more susceptible to viruses; we quickly feel the flu, cold and weak.
Did you know that good nutritional supplements can not only increase your resistance, but also make your skin glow more?
Lillian: “Think of vitamin C, a multivitamin and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids. By replenishing the deficiencies in your body from the inside, you also replenish the deficiencies in your skin.”
Finally, one last tip. Due to the heating, the humidity in the air decreases. This can make your skin dry. Therefore, place containers with water near the radiators and ensure that you ventilate your house regularly. Plants also contribute to good air quality at home.