How to Keep Your Skin Soft and Healthy This Winter
The difference between dry and dehydrated skin?
Dry, dehydrated, flaking skin all season, huh? A tale as old as time.
What if I told you there's a way around it?
Today, I'll explain why our skin gets so dry in the winter and how we can fix it!
What's the deal with dry skin anyways?
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Do y'all remember osmosis from Biology 101?
Long story short, the water in your skin wants to move to an area of lower concentration. You really can't help it short of moving to a warm, tropical place.
We can dream, I guess!
But in skincare, we call this transepidermal water loss (TEWL), and it's a massive problem both for premature aging and holistic health.
The difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin is that dry skin needs oil while dehydrated skin needs water.
What causes dehydrated skin, and why is it a problem?
So, your skin needs water and fats to maintain its barrier integrity.
When your skin barrier is compromised, you open yourself up to painful rashes and infection, kinda like this:
This happens normally regardless of the season, but winter increases the rate of TEWL with harsh winds and dry central heating.
What can you do to protect your skin?
To protect your skin barrier this winter and maximize anti-aging benefits, try this:
At night, after washing your face, apply your skincare products in the following order:
You can use any products you like, but I’ve linked my favorites above.
When applying your hydrating serum, make sure you apply it to damp skin!
Also, make sure you leave a minute or two in between steps to allow for your skin to fully absorb the product.
With each step, you're applying products that get slightly heavier.
This method will maximize your skin's ability to absorb all these great ingredients while also locking in hydration and moisture.
And remember, hydrated skin is happy skin!