A Skincare Routine for Cold Weather | Biodermis.com

Fall is a time of change. The leaves turn different colors, the weather begins to cool down, and people get into the holiday spirit. But with a change in weather also comes a change in our skin. Our skin reacts to weather differently, sometimes for the good and sometimes for the worse. During the frigid temperatures of fall and winter, when the air is often dry, our skin can be robbed of vital moisture and nutrients. Some skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis can flare up during the winter months, causing excess dryness and irritation. Luckily, there are ways you can prepare for the coming cold season and routines you can follow to help combat dry skin.

Continue reading to learn more about the effects of cold weather on the skin and what you can do to keep your skin as healthy as possible.

Skin care during the fall and winter months

When it comes to our skin, there is a lot we can do to make sure it stays healthy and strong no matter the weather conditions. But sometimes it helps to incorporate a routine into your daily lifestyle. Below you will find some skin care tips that will help you along during the frigid months.

Use antioxidants

As the name implies, antioxidants are compounds that help inhibit or prevent oxidative stress. Oxidation occurs in the cells of our bodies when an oxygen atom becomes unstable. This can cause damage to cell structures and lead to all kinds of problems for our skin. If you spent a lot of time in the sun during summer, for instance, you may have experienced some changes in your skin due to free radicals from UV rays from the sun. Sun spots, uneven pigmentation, and fine lines and wrinkles can all be signs of oxidative stress caused by the sun. Even during the winter time our skin is exposed to free radicals from sunlight and other sources.

So what can you do? One answer is to use antioxidants in your skincare routine for protection against these free radicals. Antioxidants are found in vitamins from supplements, food, and lotions and creams. Some well-known antioxidants you can use include vitamins C, E, and B3.

Apply silicone gel to problem areas

Silicone gel technology has been used for the management and reduction of hypertrophic and keloid scars for over 30 years. Scars cause skin problems for many people, from dryness and itchiness to redness and irritation. During the dry winter months, scar tissue can become especially problematic. Scar tissue is, on average, 20 percent weaker than normal tissue and allows excess moisture to leave the skin. By encapsulating the scar site with silicone gel, you can lock moisture in and protect the sensitive scar tissue from the outside elements. This has the added benefit of reducing scar inflammation, allowing your scar to blend in with the healthy, surrounding tissue. Dermasof Silk by Biodermis can be used for more than just scar management. If you struggle with fine lines, wrinkles, and stretch marks, keeping a bottle of Dermasof handy during the dry winter months can keep these symptoms in check.

Moisturizers and sunscreen

It can’t be stressed enough that we need plenty of moisture on our skin during months when it gets really cold. Drinking plenty of water, using a humidifier, and applying lotions everyday can help your skin stay fresh and rejuvenated. Aside from moisture, what many people don’t know is that sunscreen should be worn year-round, not just when it’s sunny. During the winter months, you may not experience as much direct, intense sunlight as you do during the summer, but UV rays are still reaching your skin. One good option for applying moisture and sunscreen to your skin at the same time is to use the Prosil silicone scar stick with SPF 15 by Biodermis. Prosil is the perfect travel buddy that allows you to deliver a thin coat of silicone to problem areas such as scar tissue and dry skin without the mess of traditional moisturizers and ointments.

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