10 myths about skin care in winter
 You feel helpless in a sea of ​​misinformation and false tips on how to protect your skin and body during the winter? Top experts in this matter will help to unravel the secret of perfect care.

1. Myth: The thicker the cream, the better it moisturizes.

True:   "The dense concentration does not mean optimal hydration" - says Annet King, International Dermal Institute. "Too big dose of lipids can" paste "the dead cells and make the skin more dull," - she said. King offers before applying the cream serum used to retain moisture. Specialist Skin Care Sonya Dakar agrees: "Serums are very light, however, contain a super ingredients - perfect for soaking."

2. Myth: If the sky is overcast, then you can not use sunscreen.

True:   Regardless of whether your power pacified scorching UVB-rays, SPF-protection should be applied throughout the year. Despite the overcast sky, we are still exposed to UVA-rays, causing premature wrinkles. With the onset of cold weather, dry weather, get a daily moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF 15 (or higher) to moisturize and protect from harmful rays. "You can greatly enhance protection against UV rays, using antioxidant-rich serum under moisturizer", - says dermatologist Dr. Cheryl Burgess.

3. Myth: If you have oily skin, you can not moisturize.

True:   The dry cold climate adversely affects all skin types - even oily. And without additional protection, barrier function (which help fight pollution and other harmful effects) begin to wane. If you have very oily skin, you can try a gel-cream or lotion. For combination skin, use different types of moisturizers for each area: easy formula - for T-zone and more dense - for cheeks and cheekbones.

4. Myth: peeling winter provokes strong peeling skin.

"Peeling is actually the reason for the sharp cell renewal, that is, you are helping new cells to replace the old" - said King. A key point during the winter - a complete hydration periodically with moisturizing mask, because after exfoliating the skin barrier weakens. Dakar adds: "exfoliant based on enzymes, will give good results without damaging the skin at the same time."

5. Myth: A large number of lip balm will prevent them from cracking.

True:   Only if it is "right" balm. Some of the most common ingredients of lip balms can have the opposite effect. Mineral oil (petroleum jelly) creates an artificial film on the lips, thus automatically stops the production of skin lipids. Flavorings and dyes can dry the lips. King offers pick balms with natural oils such as shea butter or cocoa. "To prevent peeling, apply a small amount of facial scrub to wet his lips, gently massage, then use the balm", - she says. Wait until spring to begin again to use your favorite lipsticks and glosses persistent formulas that dry lips.

6. Myth: hot shower helps moisturize dry skin.

True:   "Despite the apparent absurdity of the statement, a warm shower and hot tubs highly dried skin," - says dermatologist from New Jersey, Dr. Robin Ashinoff. Hot water temperature of more than 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit can cause expansion of the blood vessels that can lead to evaporation of water through the epidermis. If you really want the heat, stay in the shower for five minutes and use a moisturizing gel instead of soap or anything highly perfumed. Pat - do not rub your skin dry, and moisturize while it is still wet, to help better absorb the cream.

7. Myth: The skin will be "glad" if you stay in the room as long as possible.

True:   Indeed, the extremely high temperatures "suck" the moisture from the skin. But staying in the room where the central heating is the maximum, may be less skin damage, and even vice versa. So enjoy the fresh air and winter sports, and do everything to make the air more humid at home. You can help a humidifier - especially at night, when combined with a night cream, skin is more susceptible to the absorption of moisture. The humidifier may also help reduce static hair. Dakar recommends adding a teaspoon of tea tree oil in the water tank. But clean it every few days to prevent mold growth.

8. Myth: winter can not overload the skin trip to the beautician.

True:   In fact, the winter - one of the best times to start the laser correction of the skin, because the skin before the procedure should not have a tan, and then not be exposed to the sun. But if it is red and irritated after a long ski weekend, be sure to moisten it (see Myth # 9 - chapping). Immediately after the laser treatment, apply an anti-inflammatory cream to speed up the recovery process.

9. Myth: weathered face looks natural, glowing with health and shine.

True:   If cracked capillaries on the cheeks you call "desirable" that regular exposure to the cold wind may be acceptable for you. Worst case scenario - the development of permanent redness (or rosacea). "Sensitive skin is especially susceptible to chapping," - says the King. "So before you go out, put a protective barrier moisturizer and scarf Wrap yourself. If all these skin began to burn calm her soft creamy and moisturizing balm means."

10. Myth: an additional layer of high-tech clothing - the need for a cold climate.

True:   Some of nylon and polyester fabrics can cause unsightly bumps, clogged pores and even ingrown hairs, since they hold the dead cells, sebum and sweat. It is better to choose natural fabrics, especially in the inner layer that touches the skin and moisturize from head to toe in the morning and evening. "Shea butter - ideal as it is a natural antioxidant and a great moisturizer," - says the Dakar. Also, choose a cream for the face and neck with natural moisturizers like aloe, hyaluronic acid and lactic acid.