Extreme weather might have played havoc with our day-to-day lives over the past few weeks, but it's been having an impact for you and your entire family. We all need to get into the habit of protecting ourselves and not being in the position of being in pain before acting on the issue.
When it's very cold outside, there is less moisture in the environment, this then causes the skin to become dry and chapped. This lack of moisture is aided by the wind, which blows moisture away from the skin and then coming into the houses where heating is at the maximum, this then causes a reaction which shows on the skin.
Moisturisers work in two ways, using two different types of ingredient. There are humectants, such as hyaluronic acid and urea, and the other is occlusives, such as paraffin. Humectants draw water from the lower levels of the skin - this comes from the water we drink - to rehydrate the upper levels of the skin, while occlusives have a barrier function to help lock in this moisture.
Winter weather demands a moisturiser that helps your skin to remain smooth and hydrated. Once you have found the moisturiser that works for you, the next step is maintaining the applications. That is one thing that we are all guilty of, getting a remedy for a problem and then forgetting that "prevention is better than cure." Remember to apply moisturiser on the smaller members of your family, they sometimes cant tell you how their skin feels and younger skin needs its protection all the time.
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