How Winter Affects Your Skin
Winter is the most romantic weather of all seasons, but it can also wreak havoc on your skin — leaving it dry, chapped and damaged. The freezing cold air and the sudden indoor heat can also dramatically impact the health of your skin. But keeping your skin moisturized and protected during the winter months takes just a few simple steps.
In this article, we will cover everything you need to know to keep your skin healthy in the winter including:
- How to protect your skin during cold winter weather
- How to keep skin moisturized in winter naturally
- How colostrum benefits your skin
How to Protect Your Skin During Cold Winter Weather
Winter can be a challenging time to keep skin hydrated and protected whether your skin is oily, dry or combination. Winter weather factors such as cold air, dry indoor heat, wind and low humidity levels all contribute to zapping your skin of its moisture and natural oils. But here are a few steps that you can follow to maintain vibrant, glowing skin no matter what your skin type.
Oily Skincare in Winter
Oily skin produces excessive oil due to the overwork of sebaceous oil glands under the skin. The sebum keeps pouring out on your skin irrespective of the type of weather. But during winter, oily skin can be especially irritated.
Believe it or not, oily skin can also be challenging in the winter months, especially if you are using the wrong winter skincare routine. Your skincare routine should include cleansing, moisturizing and toning. Be sure to incorporate water-based products as they are more beneficial in winter compared to milk-based products.
Additionally, you will want to use a creamy type of facial wash instead of harsh medicinal cleansers or face washes in the winter weather, which can dry out your skin by removing the natural oils. For acute acne due to oil, you can use products containing salicylic acid. As always, drink plenty of water to keep your skin and whole body hydrated and use sunscreen daily.
Combination Skincare in Winter
Combination skin can be a bit more complicated. Some areas of your skin can be dry and some can be oily, especially in the T-zone, which includes the forehead, nose and chin. Combination skin can have dry patches near the jaw bones and large open pores around the nose.
Applying products to these specific areas can be a bit tricky. You want to apply moisturizing lotions and serums on your dry patches for extra care and use salicylic acid products on your T-zone to prevent pores from clogging and forming blackheads. It seems like a mystery to balance two different skin types because there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, so be sure to try what works best for you.
But with every skin type, sunscreen, moisturizing and drinking plenty of water are musts during the winter months.
How to Keep Skin Moisturized in Winter Naturally
When your body is healthy from the inside out, your skin will reflect that as well. Oil-based moisturizers in winter can help seal water in your skin, but you should focus on staying hydrated. Also eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies such as cucumber, oranges and yellow vegetables.
And don’t forget to get your Omega 3 fats, which occur naturally in foods such as salmon, olive oil and walnuts.
In addition to these steps, investing in home (cool mist) humidifiers can help keep your skin from drying out regardless of whether you have oily, dry or combination skin.
If you are currently using any soaps with harsh chemicals such as strong fragrances, you will want to switch to a scent-free alternative. Lastly, always use an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen daily regardless of the weather or season.
How Colostrum Benefits Your Skin
You may have already heard of colostrum and its many benefits in the early days of life. This is the premilk fluid released before breast milk that provides the necessary nutrients for newborns of humans and animals.
One of the most popular forms of colostrum used as a supplement today is bovine or cow colostrum. When a mother cow gives birth, she produces an excess amount of colostrum. Dairy farmers are able to collect any extra colostrum (after the calf receives all the nutrients it needs). This bovine colostrum is then dried according to strict FDA standards into a powder or pill supplement form.
Bovine colostrum has gained in popularity in recent years for its many health benefits including gut health, athletic recovery and, of course, for its potential anti-aging properties that promote optimal skin health. In fact, bovine colostrum contains a unique enzyme called telomerase, which has been known to slow down the aging process by allowing undamaged skin cells to produce themselves over and over again.
Other important components in bovine colostrum include growth factors that can help repair and regenerate cells and a protein called lactoferrin that can help maintain the immune response in skin cells. Bovine colostrum takes your skincare routine to a new level by working from the inside out to reveal your most beautiful skin.
You can incorporate bovine colostrum into your daily diet in a powder form, which can be added to a smoothie or taken in pill form for easy consumption. Additionally, bovine colostrum can be made into a facial mask for maximum impact in your anti-aging skin care routine.
With these tips for healthier skin in winter weather, you can minimize the worry of damaged skin and wrinkles!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Colostrum
What are colostrum supplements good for?
Studies are ongoing, but colostrum supplements (in particular, bovine colostrum) have been known to help reverse the signs of aging, aid in gut health and shorten athletic recovery time.
What does bovine colostrum taste like?
Individual tastes vary, but most people compare the taste of bovine colostrum to buttermilk with the consistency of whipping cream, which makes for a good addition to a smoothie.
What are the side effects of taking colostrum?
Bovine colostrum does not have any known side effects and is considered safe for human consumption. However, those with dairy allergies may not be able to take it. As always, it’s recommended that you should ask your physician first before taking any new supplement.
How much colostrum is needed for it to start working?
There is no set amount of colostrum recommended as everyone’s needs will vary. However, on average it takes around four weeks of daily usage before most people start to see the many health benefits of bovine colostrum.