Winter skin care is a topic full of misconceptions and platitudes. Most skiers advertise SPF creams and lip balms. Frequent repetition of the statement does not make it wrong, so we continue to actively use both. As for the Christmas myths, the most ridiculous one is about the dangers of moisturizers. It is high time to forget the fear of the film freezing on the face.
Firstly, the effect of modern drugs is aimed at maintaining the skin's own hydrobalance: preserving fluid in the tissues and preventing its evaporation, and secondly, the human body temperature is 36.6 C. Even in severe frost, we warm up the air around us by about two centimeters, which categorically does not allow the cream to freeze. True, in the wind, the warmed air gap decreases much faster, therefore it is better not to use hydratants immediately before playing sports in the air - apply them indoors half an hour before going out. If we are talking about cream gels, then they should generally be postponed until better (read - warmer) times.
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The skin care regimen can (or should be, depending on your feelings) changed. First, you have to give up aggressive cleansers and switch to milder ones. Secondly, if necessary, it is quite acceptable to reduce the degree of the usual face cream: for oily skin, take a remedy "for normal", and for "normal and combination" - for dry. Fortunately, today many brands produce creams with the same formula, but in different textures. This makes the task easier and allows you to stay in familiar territory. Nutrition and dense rich textures are our everything at subzero temperatures.
7 "anti-winter" life hacks
# 1 Lingering hot showers destroys the skin's lipid barrier by hitting a complex of fatty acids that help retain precious moisture. No matter how you want to warm up, choose one of two things: either a high temperature (but no more than five minutes), or long water procedures in a gentle thermal mode. Either way, you need a nourishing body cream after you shower.
# 2 Don't put foundation on flaky skin. No matter how great the formula your product has, in this case it will never lie flat. Exfoliate regularly and use moisturizers and emollients. In severe cases, look for rich balms and nourishing oils. Another trick that makes wintering easier: add a drop of face oil to your usual foundation ─ this way you will enhance the care and not lose your beauty.
# 3 Not every lip balm is good in winter. Too viscous textures can cause unnecessary trouble, hammering deep into microcracks. Also, avoid balms that are formulated with lanolin (especially if you have eczema or hypersensitive skin). Too heavy smell and taste of sweets is also not what you need right now.
# 4 Entering the room from the frost, do not rub your face with your hands - this will injure the skin, and the brave blush will become even brighter. If you are in the office, give yourself ten minutes to adapt to the new temperature, and then lightly powder your face with a transparent (but not bronzing!) Powder. In conditions of increased publicity, this will be enough.
# 5 Put on a hat ─ advice not from your mom, but from an expert trichologist. The headdress will save the curls from drying out. To maintain the volume of long hair, you need to comb it to the “unconventional” side for you, and after entering the building, do your usual styling. With a short haircut, everything is also simple. After taking off the hat, lightly fluff your hair with your hands, lift the strands at the roots and spray on them with a little dry shampoo or hair powder … Yes, these products eat up the shine to a certain extent, but they do not weigh down the hair and allow you to maintain the flexibility of the hairstyle. Most importantly, never use a strong fixing varnish "under the hat" - it will kill any idea.
# 6 Waterproof makeup isn't just for summer. When the wind and sleet are outside, eyeliner and mascara can easily drain under the eyes and on the cheeks. Waterproof mascara and creamy eyeshadow won't do this. Before going outside, it is enough to fix foundation and blush with a loose or compact powder.
# 7 Despite the hype about matte lipsticks (they continue and continue to pour like a cornucopia), it's better to wait with them until spring. Yes, formulas are constantly being improved and always strive to make the lips feel comfortable. But, frankly, they still have much to strive for. Longevity and matte pigment tend to dry out delicate skin. And when it's not clear what is on the street, first of all you need to think about leaving. Classic cream lipsticks are an absolute winter must-have.
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