Is your skin ready for the winter?

Hardly any other organ is so stressed in winter as the skin. The dry air in the rooms affects her just as much as frosty winds. In the cold months you have to protect them from heat and moisture loss, otherwise inflammation and  eczema  can develop. When the cold wind whistles around your ears, your face and hands suffer. Tip: A whey bath regenerates stressed  winter skin .

Skin more vulnerable to cold

The skin becomes more sensitive even at outside temperatures of eight degrees plus, because it almost completely stops its self-protection, the production of sebum, at low temperatures. There is no natural protective film. Face and hands suffer – the skin stretches, cracks and is prone to  skin diseases  such as eczema,  psoriasis  or even neurodermatitis; Viruses and  fungi  can spread.

If you switch from cold to warm air, the pores open and the skin releases a lot of moisture. The red cheeks are not a sign of radiant health, but a violent reaction, often accompanied by  itching .

Fat cream protects the skin

For millennia, people in the cold regions of the world have been protecting their skin with fat. Well creamed, cold, wind and drought can no longer harm her so much. Older people in particular, whose skin is much drier than that of children, need this protection.

Women who swear by a moisturizing  emulsion in summer  should definitely switch to a more fatty cream in winter. Cleaning products containing alcohol or soap are aggressive, soap-free washing lotions are more suitable.

Winter skin care for sensitive skin

After each wash you should apply lotion to your skin. Products containing the ingredient dexpanthenol are particularly suitable for sensitive skin, as they accelerate skin regeneration. Creams that contain urea are also well suited: urea binds the skin’s moisture.

Lotions containing tanning agents counteract the itching. You should consult your doctor or pharmacist here. Women do not need to do without make-up, because good, greasy care make-up protects the skin.

Be careful with winter sports

The skin is exposed to even more extreme conditions during winter sports: The already low temperatures are perceived as even colder during fast downhill skiing and the airflow further reduces the skin temperature.

In addition, there is strong UV radiation in the high mountains. The snow, in turn, reflects the sun’s rays. A strong sunscreen (from sun protection factor 16) or even a UV blocker are necessary here. It is also important to protect the lips with a sunblock.

Whey as a natural care product

Donkey milk baths were very popular in ancient Rome. According to legend, Cleopatra also bathed in it. Whey baths are much cheaper because whey is excellent for skin care. Regular baths and washes with sweet whey are natural remedies for the whole body. Acid whey is ideal for eczema and skin inflammation. As part of the protective acid mantle, lactic acid protects the outer skin layer from bacteria and germs. The skin is invigorated, cleaned and protected from drying out, as the lactic acid can bind water.

Two to three liters of whey or 300 g of whey powder are sufficient for a care bath with a bath temperature of approx. 37 degrees. However, soap  and shampoo are not allowed to be used. After the bath, the whey film on the skin should dry. With some pure whey on a cotton pad you can also care for the facial skin. Whey powder and bath mixes with whey are available ready-made in pharmacies and health food stores.

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