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DRY WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONDry winter weather conditions can exacerbate already dry skin conditions

Updated: Mar 31, 2023

Dry skin affects many people during winter months with severity of symptoms varying significantly. Low temperatures and changes in humidity can lead to dry, sensitive, irritated skin, which isn’t a pleasant experience for anyone.

What causes skin irritation in the winter?

Winter weather brings changes in humidity and temperature that create perfect conditions for causing dry or xerosis skin.


Skin is a complex multi-layered organ. An average square inch of skin contains 650 sweat glands, 20 blood vessels and over 1,000 nerve endings. The outermost layer of the skin is called the epidermis. The thin outer surface of the epidermis is the stratum corneum, also known as the skin barrier.


The job of the epidermis is to protect the body from the external environment. A combination of lipids and dying or dead skin cells makes up the stratum corneum, the barrier layer of the skin. Keratinocytes are the most common type of cells within the epidermis. Their job is to act as a barrier against bacteria, parasites, fungi, viruses, heat, ultraviolet (UV) rays, and water loss. When the skin barrier sustains damage, the skin appears dry or irritated.


Moisture is essential for the skin barrier to perform well. Research has shown that there is less moisture in the skin during winter than in the summer, as well as fewer lipids in the skin barrier. These differences contribute to dryness and irritation.


During the winter months, people often turn their indoor heating up high, which reduces humidity and affects how much moisture is available to the skin. At the same time, the cold outdoor weather, harsh winds, and rain can strip the skin of its natural, moisturizing oils.


Symptoms of winter dry skin

Its signs can vary according to the degree of severity and the physiological characteristics of every patient’s skin, but they generally present these features:

  • Rough skin

  • Itchy skin

  • Scaling skin

  • Flaky skin

  • Dull skin appearance

  • Loss of elasticity

  • Greyish tone

  • Loss of luminosity

  • Fine wrinkles

  • itching

  • stinging

  • a raw, sensitive-to-the-touch feeling

People may experience several of these symptoms at the same time. The right treatment should reduce their severity.


HOW TO IMPROVE XEROSIS

A comprehensive treatment for xerosis should be able to:

Deeply moisturize the skin

  • By re-establishing the Natural Moisturizing Factor.

Reduce TEWL

  • Reducing Transepidermal Water Loss is essential to prevent more skin dryness.

Repair the skin barrier

  • Specific products for xerosis

Deep moisture for dry skin and xerosis. This in-office procedure restores the optimal condition of the hydrolipidic mantle moisturizing and protecting dry skin from external stressors. Powerful formula intensively hydrates dry skin from the inside and improves xerosis. Effectively restores the oil layer of the skin that helps to lock in moisture. Active ingredients include Dermatan Sulfate, Vit. B5, Glycerol, Hyaluronic Acid.


Extreme Skin Barrier deeply moisturizes dry and very dry skin, and/or skin challenged by climatic conditions, such as cold salty water, wind, snow, heights, etc. The highly concentrated nourishing formula restores the hydrolipid mantle and forms a protective film on the skin’s surface.


Intensive and fast-absorbing body moisturizer that deeply hydrates and nourishes very dry skin. Effectively combats and improves keratosis and xerosis conditions. Powerful formula promotes exfoliation of dead cells and subsequent epithelialization, maintaining the condition of the hydrolipidic film and restoring the epidermal pH. Skin becomes smoother and softer. The properties of Maslinic acid re-densify, firm, repair and improve skin structure. By balancing the skin microbiome, ecosystem of bacteria on the skin surface. It contributes to lipid replenishment and helps to preserve the acid mantle.


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