Does your skin feel all dry and flaky in the winters? Do you know so much exposure to the heaters is responsible for a great deal of damage to your skin? It harms the skin’s protective barrier and makes your face look dull, often causing irritation.
Wondering what this protective barrier is and how it affects the appearance of your skin?
The outermost layer of your skin acts as a protective shield and also holds onto moisture, making it look healthy and supple. It is composed of skin cells, cholesterol, amino acids, and fatty acids. This layer is also known to protect the skin from any kinds of infections by pollutants and allergens. Using a good moisturizer regularly can help you maintain this natural barrier. But there are certain factors that can be harmful to it too. During the winters, your skin starts to feel dry because cracks develop in this protective layer. Your skin loses its elasticity and severe dryness leads to itchiness and redness as well.
So, how can you make sure your skin’s protective layer remains intact always? Let us have a look at some points that help.
Be gentle on your skin
It is very important to maintain the pH balance of your skin. Hence, do not overuse strong products on your face. Use mild products and follow a strict skincare routine. Do not exfoliate too much; keep it to two times a week and use cleansers that are gentle on your skin. Stong products damage the barrier and your skin. If your skin does not feel soft and elastic, it is a sign that you need to change your cleanser.
Layer with an oil
A facial oil seals all the moisture and maintains hydration. So after you apply your serums, mists, and moisturizers, it is always preferred to seal all of it with good facial oil. It will lock in all the moisture and will keep your skin hydrated.
Choose products that have barrier-building ingredients.
Ingredients like ceramides, squalene, peptides, and humectants like hyaluronic acid help rebuild the barrier that has been damaged. Even petroleum jelly can be used to seal in the moisture of your skin. Peptides keep your skin soft and younger-looking. So, check the ingredients the next time you buy your skincare products.
Sunscreen is a must
Nothing does more harm to your skin than regular exposure to the sun. It causes dark spots, discoloration, and even leads to premature signs of ageing. UV rays cause direct harm to your skin protein. So keep re-applying your sunscreen every 2-3 hours
Now that you know so much what is causing all the harm and what all can do good to your skin, make sure you are consistent with your skincare regime. You will see the results in the very first week. Your skin will start to feel soft and supple. It will look healthy and eventually you will get that glowing skin you have been dreaming of.