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When oil is good, and a scarf helps a beard

Frost and sun are a wonderful day, however, in order for our skin to be comfortable in sub-zero temperatures, it should be properly looked after.

Frost and sun are a wonderful day, however, in order for our skin to be comfortable in sub-zero temperatures, it should be properly looked after.

A photo: Evgeniya GUSEVA

Frost and sun are a wonderful day, however, in order for our skin to be comfortable in sub-zero temperatures, it should be properly looked after.

The two main principles of skin health are cleansing and moisturizing. Skin scrubs should be excluded altogether, and not only in the cold season, recommends dermatovenereologist, Pirogov Center, Arbatsky CDC, Pavel Vorozheykin. When we come from the cold, flushed, we should not immediately run and wash our hands, or even our face with soap. It is better to give yourself time to adapt to room temperature, and choose cleansers, both for hands and face, with a neutral Ph. Like scrubs, yesterday is a soap from the “absolute” series, something that supposedly destroys all microbes at once. It is not microbes that will suffer here, but your skin, which will be left without its own protective layer and will be even more susceptible to the harmful effects of the environment due to dryness and cracks.

– Sindet-based cleansers or the so-called “soap-free soap” will really help, – says Pavel Vorozheikin. – They cleanse the skin well, but at the same time they do not wash off the protective water-lipid mantle, our natural covering of the skin. It is useful to use special cosmetic oils for washing, they moisturize the skin already at the stage of cleansing.

Moisturizing creams also protect the skin from frost, however, in cold weather it is especially important to let them completely absorb before going out.

– The cream should be applied 30-40 minutes before leaving the house. Which cream to use is an individual matter. If the skin is sensitive and prone to redness, then make sure that the cream meets these needs, the doctor reminds. – Decorative cosmetics in the cold is not a hindrance, but it should be selected in such a way that it contains fewer preservatives and chemical additives, and more natural substances.

There is an opinion that natural oils are especially good for the skin in cold weather, but this is not entirely true. The skin takes well emulsions, that is, oils dissolved in water. If you want to use cosmetic oils in their pure form, for example, peach or apricot, then they can only be applied to wet skin, one that still has drops of water. However, it is best to choose a cream. It absorbs well and moisturizes the skin well.

In the cold season, someone helps to protect the skin with a beard, and for someone – a scarf and a hat that practically cover the face. It’s really easier to breathe through a scarf, and getting frostbite is less likely, but on condition that the scarf is removed from the face in the subway and indoors, and after going outside, it is regularly washed and dried. We also don’t forget about gloves and mittens, but you shouldn’t warm your face with a medical mask on the street. This will not protect against the virus, the mask will get wet from breathing, and it will harm the skin.

– Due to the coronavirus, the number of people with a special dermatosis – rosacea (rosacea) has increased. One of the reasons for the increase in the incidence is the improper wearing of protective masks. Any method of overheating the face has a detrimental effect on the skin, says the doctor. – Bath, for example, is contraindicated for people with signs of rosacea on the face, and it is better for the rest not to abuse it. Once a week is enough.

You can continue to use antiseptics in the cold season, but it’s better to wash your hands after the street, and then moisten them with cream.

– Any antiseptic contains excipients, and if, after treating the hands with such a product, you also apply a cream, then you will get a completely unhealthy “porridge” on your hands, which you will want to wash off, Pavel Vorozheikin notes.

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