Black skin in winter: 6 Tips to keep your skin moisturizedBeauteHerins
Taking care of black skin in winter is essential to ensure that it stays hydrated. Cold and dry air affect the skin. Dehydration, irritation and itching are unfortunately often the order of the day. The last 2 issues can even cause hyperpigmentation spots.
What do you do when your skin is irritated or itchy? You scratch! By doing so, you are attacking your skin.
And what do you do when you feel attacked? Well, you fight back! And the way black skin defends itself is by overproducing melanin. Result: black spots on the skin. You didn’t think your skin would watch you destroy it without reacting!
The good news is that you can avoid these inconveniences by taking simple steps. Here are some tips to help you take care of your black skin in winter.
1. Go for gentle cleansers
A harsh cleanser can destroy the skin’s lipid film (natural oils) and dry it out. Your skin reacts by producing more oil. Remember, high oil production can cause acne. However, gentle cleansers wash your skin without stripping its natural oils.
2. Avoid long, hot showers
Who doesn’t like to take long, hot showers when it’s cold? Unfortunately, the hotter the water you expose your skin to, the drier it gets. Choose lukewarm showers or baths of no more than 10 minutes.
3. Pat your skin with the towel instead of rubbing
Rubbing your skin dries it out more. However, patting allows you to keep a little moisture on your skin and not to attack it.
4. Apply your moisturizer right away
As soon as you’re done drying, apply a moisturizer. This will help seal in the moisture. Choose a body lotion that will meet your skin’s specific needs. IN’OYA Body Lotion has been specially designed for dark skin. It contains 90% natural ingredients including organic sesame oil, wheat germ oil, ceramides from sunflower oil and hyaluronic acid.
5. Avoid wearing synthetic fabrics
As black skin tends to dry out in winter, it is important to choose your clothes carefully. This is especially important if you have eczema. Synthetic fabrics irritate the skin. For clothes that are in direct contact with your skin, choose cotton fabrics.
6. Go easy on the heat
Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you have to turn your home into an oven! Nothing dries out your skin worse. We recommend setting the heat between 18 and 21 degrees. This is good not only for your skin and your sleep, but also for your wallet. For every degree above 20º C, you consume 2% to 5% more heating energy! By setting your heating to the right temperature, you’ll be killing three birds with one stone!
As you’ve learned, simple everyday actions can help take care of your black skin in the winter and avoid dry skin. One sentence can sum it all up: gentle care with gentle gestures.
I hope these tips will help your skin (and you) have a great winter.