Since I am experiencing dry, itchy winter skin, I needed a top 10 winter skin care tips list. I decided to investigate. And share my winter skin care tips with you!
This information is relevant if you have skin, no matter where you live.
WINTER SKIN CARE TIPS
If you live anywhere that experiences winter weather, you know those cold temperatures cause issues for your skin.
Why? Because the air is drier. Why is the air drier in winter? (I know, I sound like a five-year-old. Fortunately, I have the answer!)
It has to do with the properties not of air, but of water!
BLAME THE THERMODYNAMICS OF WATER!
Now that we know that the air is an innocent victim too, and why we have cracked hands, feet, and faces, what can we do about our suffering winter skin?
For many of us, it’s not possible to move south. (if you’re in the northern hemisphere, that is.)
Or if you’re Louie, you like winter and want to stay put! As you can see, he’s happy to help you shovel!
Time to share those top 10 winter skin care tips.
TOP 10 WINTER SKIN CARE TIPS!
Petroleum jelly? (aka petrolatum) Glycerin? What difference does any of this make?
If you’re like me, you spend time looking at ingredients on the backs of the moisturizer packages. What the heck are they?
Moisturizers? And what about emollients, occlusives, and humectants?
I could write an entire post about this but I’ll try to break the main differences down here.
WHAT IS A MOISTURIZER?
So what are we talking about? Three different types of moisturizers. Emollients, occlusives, and humectants.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EMOLLIENTS, OCCLUSIVES, AND HUMECTANTS?
The difference between emollients and occlusives isn’t a line in the sand.
The FDA regulates occlusive and emollient ingredients under cosmetic rules as they are commonly found in personal care products.
If you look at product ingredients, they may have both but with an emphasis on the emollient or occlusive function. Similarly, a combination of the two can help you find a balance for healthy skin.
This brings me to a perfect segue to return to my winter skin care tips.
SLIPPING IN # 7 of TOP 10 WINTER SKIN CARE TIPS...
Back to the third definition in the moisturizer trifecta, humectants.
I could write an enitre post about humectants!
WHAT IS HYALURONIC ACID?
I’m sliding sideways a wee bit (hm, okay a lot) from my top 10 winter skin care tips into straight skin care tips, but hyaluronic acid is important!
And the science behind hyaluronic acid is cool!
In case you skipped the slides, hyaluronic acid (HA) is present in almost all biological fluids and tissues. It is an extremely large molecule with a high capacity for hydration.
HA is important for the structural support of collagen and elastin in the skin.
HA has a lot of medical applications too, but I’m holding back.
Due to its size, poor folding of its molecular structure, & its hydrophilic properties, HA potentially creates a large watery space within itself. The proportion of water associated with its structure can be 1000 times greater than its own molecular weight!
Oh, oh. I am getting carried away here.
BACK TO OUR TOP 10 WINTER SKIN CARE TIPS
And we got to 10 skin care tips for winter. I’m happy to break down the specific ingredients in humectants, emollients, & occlusives in another post. Let me know if you’re interested via email or comments.
Take care of your skin and enjoy the season!