Why do we need to focus on moisturising in winter? According to The Conversation, our skin is literally a water-containing barrier that protects us from our environment. The water content of the skin varies depending on gender, age and where on the body we’re looking at.
Because the skin is porous, water vapour is constantly lost through the skin via evaporation. Water loss occurring under non-sweating conditions is called transepidermal water loss.
Low humidity and windy environments, which is what we are exposed to in winter, accelerate this water loss through the skin. Water loss is further accelerated by direct heat that blows on the skin, which is what happens when we turn on heaters in the car and at home. So, skin often dries out during winter because of the environmental changes we are exposed to and the things we do to try to keep warm.
People sometimes notice that their skin becomes more susceptible to dryness as they age. This is because the water content of the outermost layer of the skin (stratum corneum) decreases with age.
Some studies have also suggested those with dark skin have a higher rate of water loss, meaning people with pigmented skin may have a higher risk of developing dry skin. Those who have a compromised epidermal barrier (such as people who have eczema) also experience increased water loss, making the skin very dry year-round.
Skin often dries out during winter because of the environmental changes we are exposed to and the very things we do to try to keep warm. MayoClinic/flickr, CC BY
While dry skin looks and feels less than desirable, it also increases itchiness and this can trigger eczema. Itching may also result in secondary infection in the skin.
Matis Reponse Jeunesse Climatis Protective Balm is a nourishing, cocooning balm perfect for extreme weather conditions. It feeds and shields the skin from cold, wind and dry weather. Matis Climatis Climatic Protection Balm contains velvety butters and botanical antioxidants to strengthen the skin’s natural lipid barrier against environmental assault.
Features & benefits:
- Perfect for skiing and winter sports.
- Multitasking, shields skin and nourishes with velvety butters.
How to use:
Apply AM and PM after applying serum.
- MS3P (Laminaria Ochroleuca extract) Lipidic seaweed extract, protects skin against thermal and osmotic shocks, boosts skin’s natural environmental defenses.
- Kokum butter Rich in unsaturated fatty acids; nourishes, regenerates, softens and protects.
- Shea butter Rich in tryglycerides, insaponifiables and vitamins A, D, E and F; soothes irritation, regenerates and softens.