The coldest season of the year has arrived and during the winter our skin needs extra care. Dermatologist Dr. Alessandra Toledo shares some tips and suggestions to stay hydrated and healthy during the season, check it out:
It is important to stress that hydration is a process that starts from the inside out. In other words, far beyond the skin itself, the body as a whole needs to hydrate itself. Therefore, ingesting plenty of liquid, even in winter, is crucial. Those who have difficulty in taking 2 to 3 liters of water per day can also invest in natural teas and juices. As for the skin, the ideal is to pass the appropriate moisturizer for its type, preferably, right after the bath, with the skin still moist, for better absorption and repeat the use throughout the day. Pay attention to the areas with more chances of dryness, such as knees, elbows and the like… For the face, thermal water is a good request.
Opt for shorter baths and not so hot water – a challenge, especially on cold days, it feels good… Also avoid the use of a sponge and loofah, which removes the natural protection of fat present in the skin, leaving it more dry and susceptible to infections. Give preference to glycerine or neutral soaps, both for the body and for the face, since perfumed ones tend to dry out the skin even more. And bath oils are welcome to moisturize and intensify skin care during winter. When leaving the bath, use a soft towel, gently drying the skin without rubbing.
As much as one tends not to feel the intensity of the sun with so much power, it still exists and exposing oneself to the sun’s rays without protection is equally harmful. Therefore, using a protector with FTP suitable for your type and skin is essential. Lips also tend to dry out more during the season. Therefore, lip protectors are welcome and if the lip skin cracks or flakes, it is indicated to keep it hydrated with cocoa butter, beeswax, Vaseline or Bepantol.
As well as the skin, highlights require extra care in winter as they tend to dry out and frizz more easily. Among the suggestions is to wash your hair on alternate days, with warm, not hot water. Avoid sleeping with wet hair and do not forget to use a thermal protector before using the hairdryer. Moisturization or hydration can be done weekly to maintain the health and vitality of the hair. And, when going out, wear a cap, hat or scarf to protect your hair.
For those who want to reinforce skin care in winter, peeling is a treatment indicated and quite performed in the season. The procedure, which removes a layer of skin forcing it to restructure and renew itself – besides having stimulation of collagen production, a substance that gives firmness to the skin, is indicated for rejuvenating treatments, spots on the skin (such as melasma), acne scars, flaccidity, among other skin problems.
With less sun exposure and less tanned skin in winter, peeling is a very suitable treatment and performed this season. It is an excellent treatment option for spots, fine lines, deep wrinkles and even scars.
There are several types and intensities of procedures which, in short, are performed with the intention of promoting scaling and subsequent cell renewal.
Types of procedures
There are two main types, which differ by the action mechanics of each. The most popular are chemicals, made with the application of isolated or combined acids, such as retinoic, glycolic, mandelic and salicylic. These variations allow the treatment of spots, melasma, fine wrinkles and enlarged pores, for example, and consist of the scaling of the most superficial layer of skin. Therefore, if the request is for the elimination of deeper wrinkles, acne scars or flaccidity, the ideal are the medium peelings, which promote a more intense and deep scaling.
There are also physicists, when the process of removing mechanically dead cells, without depending on chemical reactions. Like crystal peeling, which promotes a microdermabrasion in the skin using very fine crystals of aluminum hydroxide and thus reduces pores, removes dead cells and stimulates the production of collagen.
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