Winter Care | How to keep your skin healthy through the cold season

Why is the right skin care so important in winter?

While winter sports enthusiasts in particular enjoy the crisp cold temperatures and snow, the frosty climate presents our skin with real challenges: It tries to compensate for the dry ambient air and quickly loses moisture in the process. The fact that the sebaceous glands largely stop working at 8 degrees Celsius exacerbates the situation even more. The result: Dry, taut skin. In addition to this, the body significantly reduces the blood circulation of exposed areas such as the hands, nose and feet, to save energy. This leads to the top layers of skin renewing themselves more slowly than usual. The skin's own repair mechanism is also slowed down by cool temperatures. This can lead to cracked skin, through which bacteria can enter the skin more easily. And this in turn can lead to inflammation or eczema or trigger allergies in people with sensitive skin.

When falling snow is replaced by sunshine, another catalyst for skin problems comes into play: UV-A and UV-B radiation. Often underestimated in winter, the sun can also cause skin ageing and sunburn during the cold season - if the skin is not protected. The intensity of the radiation increases, especially at higher altitudes. Added to the snow and ice is the reflection of the radiation. The right skin protection is then essential to be able to fully enjoy the positive aspects of sunshine for the body.

But it is not only outside that the skin has more to do in winter than usual: Dry air from heating also robs the skin of valuable moisture in living spaces - and this can also result in irritated, dry skin.

The right winter care...

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provides and stores moisture

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strengthens the skin barrier

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protects against cold damage

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provides UV-A and UV-B protection


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The ideal skin care in winter

Recommendations from our DERMASENCE cosmetic scientist Anna Tersteeg are in the video

When the temperatures outside get colder and dry indoor heating air causes problems for our skin in winter, it is all the more important to have the right skin care routine.

DERMASENCE cosmetic scientist Anna Tersteeg presents the optimum skin care routine in winter and reveals which skin care products are ideal for the cold season.

Which skin care products are suitable for the cold season?

Care products with a high lipid content

In cold weather, we advise against skin care creams with a high water content. The reason: They can draw moisture from your skin and even freeze on your skin in frosty temperatures. In the worst case, this can lead to bursting skin vessels.

Instead, we recommend rich creams with a high oil content. They preserve the moisture in your skin and protect it from dryness and skin irritations in winter.

Anti-ageing effect with hyaluron and evening primrose oil
formerly Cream + Mask
DERMASENCE Hyalusome Night Care

Hyalusome Night care

This regenerating intensive care (formerly DERMASENCE Cream + Mask) protects against loss of elasticity and volume and moisturises with hyaluron into deeper skin layers. It supports the skin's own regeneration processes with panthenol and antioxidants. The care cream with evening primrose oil is also ideal as a mask for more vital and smoother-looking skin.

Revitalizing facial moisturiser for dry skin
formerly Cream Extra
DERMASENCE Adtop Extra reichhaltige Gesichtspflege, 50 ml

Adtop Extra rich facial care

Intensive care with a high lipid content for sensitive and very dry skin. It protects the skin against drying out and has a smoothing effect. The skin is protected from environmental influences with vitamin E. The cream is an ideal winter care to protect from cold stress.

Ultra-moisturising lotion for very dry skin
formerly SkinPro Lipo
DERMASENCE Adtop Lipidlotion, 200 ml

Adtop Lipidlotion

This body lotion cares for dry to very dry and flaky skin. Binds moisture in the skin with natural moisturising factors such as urea (5 %) and glycerine and makes it supple. Nourishing oils such as olive and jojoba oil sustainably prevent the skin from drying out.

How can I protect my skin from the stresses and strains of winter?

In addition to proper skin care, there are other aspects you can consider to make the winter season as relaxing as possible for your skin:

  • Avoid baths that are too hot or too long
  • Ensure optimal air humidity (e.g. with the help of indoor plants and regular airing)
  • Drink enough fluids
  • Protect your lips
  • Outdoors: Dress warmly (e.g. gloves)
  • If possible, avoid extreme temperature changes
  • Choose clothing made of natural materials (e.g. cotton) so that the skin can breathe

What should winter sports enthusiasts bear in mind when it comes to skin care?

Whether it's ice hockey, skiing or cross-country skiing – doing sports in cold temperatures in winter keeps you fit and strengthens your immune system. To ensure that the skin is not as exhausted as the body at the end of the day, winter sports enthusiasts can pay attention to the following things in addition to skin care:

  • Those who do sports outdoors should focus even more on sun protection. We recommend a sun protection factor of at least 30.
  • Thick boots keep you warm, but the skin on your feet suffers from the lack of air circulation. Our tip: Whenever possible, expose your feet to fresh air and don't forget to take care of your feet!
Sun protection for the whole family
DERMASENCE Solvinea Spray LSF 50, 250ml

Solvinea Spray SPF 50+

Extra light sun spray for all skin types with very high UV and IRA protection – skin and environmentally friendly DERMASENCE Solvinea Spray SPF 50+ offers very high UV protection for the whole family, has been specially adapted to the needs of sensitive skin and also protects it at deeper layers. The light spray is suitable for all skin types and with its practical spray bottle it is perfect for use. It works with a very high broadband protection against UV-A and UV-B rays. In addition, the spray contains tocopherol and also protects against the effects of free radicals caused by UV and high-energy visible light. The extra light texture is easy to distribute and is absorbed very quickly without sticking or whitening. The fragrance-free, non-comedogenic formulation makes it even more skin-friendly.

Revitalizing facial moisturiser for dry skin
formerly Cream Extra
DERMASENCE Adtop Extra reichhaltige Gesichtspflege, 50 ml

Adtop Extra rich facial care

Intensive care with a high lipid content for sensitive and very dry skin. It protects the skin against drying out and has a smoothing effect. The skin is protected from environmental influences with vitamin E. The cream is an ideal winter care to protect from cold stress.

Nourishes with the power of nature
DERMASENCE Mycolex Pflegeschaum, 125 ml

Mycolex Care foam

Dry and stressed feet can breathe again: The breathable Mycolex Care Foam by DERMASENCE moisturises and strengthens the skin barrier. Particularly with dry heels, skin tears on the balls of the foot and itching between the toes, the foam provides greater well-being. Mycolex Care Foam also increases the resistance and elasticity of feet that are sensitive to fungal infections and stressed feet. The innovative foam technology contains plant extracts which, together with panthenol, provide strong protection against inflammation. With the power of nature, it can also soothe irritated skin and reduce itching. So the feet can regenerate and are strengthened for daily stress.

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