Leaving home in the mornings to the frosty cold air can leave us feeling pretty miserable as do those dull grey lingering afternoons with darkness falling earlier than ever. A sniffily nose and niggling sore throat often rear at some point, not to mention our skin taking a decent hit too.
In fact, cold weather, harsh winds and low humidity, together with artificial indoor heating and more relaxed dietary habits can test our body and skin’s resilience and strength more than any other season.
The skin is the largest organ of the body and directly in touch with the external environment. It is essentially our most vital protective shield yet it definitely takes some brutal assault from the harsh wintery elements. Our skin needs some extra TLC in the colder months and this predominantly means keeping the ‘barrier of the skin’ protected from vital moisture loss.
This barrier, also known as the Hydrolipidic film, is a fine translucent defensive layer that sits on top of the Epidermis (top layer of skin) and is made up of sweat, oil and water, carrying with it, some very important functions. In short, our hydrolipidic film needs to be well-balanced and maintained to make sure the skin is:
When the barrier of the skin is compromised, the skin can become dry, sensitive and fragile. This can cause the skin to appear more prematurely aged and stressed, the result being:
Such a dysfunctional barrier can take some time to repair and rebalance to restore optimal skin health. Put simply, your skin behaves differently in winter and you need to listen to what your skin is telling you it needs.
This means, making some slight changes to your skincare routine, your environmental surroundings and some lifestyle behaviours.
Move on to [Part 2] of this blog to discover exactly how and what your skin needs.