Kuparara: Melanin winter care

Guys, aki my skin has suffered in the last two years I have lived here. When my left arm does not look like a mathematics exercise book, dead-skin on my ears is falling off like dandruff.

But I’m learning how to take good care of my skin I read a lot and from the research, I have gathered, I decided to put together the notes below for readers facing the same struggles …

Take colder, shorter showers

After a cold day, who doesn’t love a 30-minute shower in the hottest water you can stand? However, dermatologists recommend lukewarm showers instead as the longer you expose your skin to hot water will further dry your skin out. Limiting yourself to a five- to 10-minute shower each day is ideal.

Moisturize right after you shower

Make it a daily habit to moisturize your entire body as soon as you get out of the bath or shower. Right when you’ve towel-dried your skin and it’s a little damp, you want to seal in all that moisture.

I suggest using creams that contain ceramides, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid because they’re thicker than lotions and help restore your natural skin barrier. People with darker skin should use thicker products on their really dry areas, like petroleum jelly or Vaseline products.

Avoid excess exposure to extreme outdoor elements

Sledding and building a snowman are fun ways to spend winter days, but people with darker skin tones should beware of staying out in freezing temps for too long.

Throw out your scented soaps

They may smell amazing, but scented soaps could be stripping your skin of its natural oils. Try to use mild, gentle, unscented products that will cleanse the skin without taking away all your natural oils.

Wear sunscreen every day

Yes, that means every day. That’s a really important thing that a lot of people don’t realize, especially in the skin of color community—people think that they don’t need it. Pay special attention to your face, which is usually the area of your body exposed to UV rays in colder months; opt for a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, such as Glossier Invisible Shield SPF 35.

Avoid irritable materials in your closet

If you’re prone to eczema, you should be especially mindful of the clothes you’re wearing, since wool and thicker fabrics can be irritating on the skin. Once you start that itch cycle, you scratch, then you itch more and moreYou can ideally avoid that by avoiding irritants to the skin.

Dermatologists recommend buying coats, gloves, and scarves that are as close to 100% cotton as possible since synthetic blends and polyester can make your already-dry skin feel even worse.

Invest in an humidifier

We tend to blast the heat in our homes, offices, and cars to keep cozy, but hot air can further dry out the skin. Having a humidifier in your bedroom can help if you tend to have really dry skin. It will help restore some of the moisture to the air to counteract all that dry air from central heat.

Moisturize, even on oily days

A common skincare misconception is that your skin isn’t oily in the winter. However, he finds that some of his patients with darker skin tones actually end up being more oily in December, January, and February than they are in summer.

The reason? In wintertime, your skin will start to dry out based on climate and environmental changes, but one of the body’s responses to that dryness is to make more oil. Your body is trying to maintain a balance.

Use oil-reducing cleansers and continuing to slather on moisturizer, even when you’re feeling oily. The answer to that is that it’s not true, because moisture is not the same as oil; you still want to maintain the moisture level in the outer part of the skin.

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