In a cold winter, everyone may experience skin dryness. Without protection, dry skin often leads to red, itchy eczema spots on the face, neck, and hands. To protect your skin in wintertime, choose cosmetics that are best for your skin type.
In cold, windy weather, to prevent your skin from dryness and eczema, a normal skin type may require a rich, oil-based cream for better protection.
Ingredients in skincare products
Find out what essential ingredients should have in your cosmetic products to help protect the skin on your face, neck, and hands from drying out in the winter cold.
Oily nutrients: these water-insoluble ingredients form a protective layer and do not let water freely evaporate on the surface of your skin. Such natural derivatives in cosmetics include shea butter, jojoba, olive, avocado, cocoa butter, and coconut oil.
Synthetic raw materials include white wax (Cera Alba = beeswax), lanolin (wool fat), petroleum jelly, wool grease, alcohol, and vaseline.
Water-binding raw materials: help hydrate as they can absorb large amounts of water and penetrate the epidermis — for example, glycerine or lecithin, which are the essential ingredients of moisturizing lotions.
Emulsifying agents: these components can bind to large amounts of water (oil-water emulsions) along with the lipid content. Such emulsifiers include stearate, Cetearyl alcohol, or triglycerides.
Choose cosmetics that suit your skin type
For dry skin, rich moisturizer creams or ointments are the best. You can purchase under the name of a lipid-replenishing cream, or body lotion in pharmacies and drug stores.
For the daily care of standard skin type, the creamy, moisturizing lotions are the best choice. These compositions provide an ideal amount of aqueous and oily components with emulsifying agents. They have excellent properties to be well-spread, quickly absorbed, and not clogging the pores.
Water-based moisturizing creams are recommended for general facial care. However, in the case of aging or dehydrated skin, you should also choose high lipid-containing cosmetics for your face.
In the case of acne or rosacea, or the skin is oily and sensitive due to increased sebum production, always use oil-free, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and astringent containing moisturizing cosmetics. Moisturizing helps normalize the oil production of the skin.
For sensitive, allergy-prone skin, look for fragrance and preservative-free formulations. In this case, it is also necessary to consider the skin’s dry or oily nature. For both types of hypoallergenic cosmetics are available.
In case you develop eczema because of the cold, the only medication that can help is a prescription cream containing 1% hydrocortisone. Your physician or a dermatologist will prescribe it for you.
Hand Care In Winter
To protect your hands in winter, always choose a rich cream or ointment. Because of the cold wind or the lack of warm gloves, your hands are prone to get dry, cracked, itchy, and red. Use rich, oily, or silicone-containing moisturizing hand creams.
As oil-based creams are absorbed more slowly, they are optimally used for the night, when there is enough time for the absorption and regeneration. A good quality night cream not only hydrates but also contains water-binding active ingredients such as urea or hyaluronic acid.
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