Especially in winter, the skin faces new challenges, because the climatic changes of the cold season are a special stress for the skin. For example, the dry heating air and lower humidity lead to more moisture being removed from the skin – the so-called TEWL (“transepidermal water loss”) value increases.
Another factor for dry skin in winter is that the sebaceous glands of the skin are less active at low outdoor temperatures and thus no longer produce enough protective skin lipids. At extremely low temperatures, fat production even stops completely.
Because an essential part of the skin’s protective barrier is lost with the missing fat layer, more moisture than usual escapes from the skin. This loss cannot be compensated by natural moisture factors.
The result: dry skin in winter. However, this dryness is not only noticeable on the face, but also by chapped hands in winter and itchy skin. But how can you fight itchy and dry skin in winter?
In winter, use a skincare that is more moisturizing than your summer skincare. The best thing here is to choose different products that complement each other to protect against dehydration:
For this purpose, it is beneficial if your skin care products contain the proven active ingredient urea. Urea is one of the oldest active ingredients in the treatment of dry skin and restores the moisture balance of the skin. As a natural moisturising factor, urea penetrates deep into the upper layers of the skin and provides intensive, long-lasting moisture. The active ingredient is able to absorb water, bind it and slowly release it. Thus, it provides greater hydration of the skin and regulates its moisture content. Thus, your skin protective barrier is strengthened and the skin is protected from dehydration.
Regular use of care products with urea can counteract dry and itchy skin sustainably and effectively.
External influences can also lead to increased drying of the skin. Long showers or baths, high water temperatures and aggressive cleansing products should be avoided at all costs during the cold season, as these unnecessarily dry out the skin. It is also advisable to ventilate indoor spaces on a regular basis. In this way, dry heating air, which is another factor for dry and itchy skin in winter, can be avoided.
Every day, the body loses a large amount of fluid, including through sweating and repeated trips to the toilet. To compensate for this loss, it is necessary to drink enough. If you don’t drink enough, the skin can react to the lack of fluids – the tissue gets less blood flow, dries out and loses elasticity. Therefore, drinking enough is a basic measure to prevent dry skin.