There are several types of skin, and depending on the specific type, special care is needed. For those people who have a dry skin type, care is especially important in winter if you are in Korea. Consider this article your guide to winter skincare in Korea!
Winter in Korea
People who have dry skin may have symptoms such as scaliness, itching, and flaking due to a lack of moisture. During winter all these symptoms might worsen. This is because cold temperatures and low humidity levels can cause the skin to become irritated and dehydrated.
Korean winters are generally cold and dry, with temperatures ranging from -10°C to -3°C. However, sometimes it may drop to -20 degrees, especially at night. Thus, it is highly recommended to take care of dry skin during winter. Regular moisturizing can help to reduce irritation, improve skin texture, and protect against future damage.
Taking Care of Dry Skin During Korean Winter
Go With a Mild Cleanser
First, one of the most general recommendations is to wash the face with warm water. You should avoid using hot water, as it can strip away natural oils from the skin and even worsen dryness. Second, try to use gentle cleansers. For this, you need to look for cleansers that are free from harsh chemicals and fragrances that can further irritate the skin.
After washing, the skin must be moisturized immediately. Apply a moisturizer to help lock in moisture and prevent further dehydration. It would be better if you can find a moisturizer that is oil-free and contains hyaluronic acid, or glycerin. This will help to prevent acne.
Another recommendation is not so obvious but still useful. I am talking about using sunscreens. Even during winter days, you should wear sunscreen or sunblock to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. In particular, snow reflects UV rays, meaning that you can be hit by radiation from both above and below. In some cases, you can get more exposure during winter than in summer. Look for a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to protect against rays.
Apart from the mentioned recommendations above, you can use other winter skincare products, as well. Look for products that are specifically designed for dry skin, such as hydrating masks or exfoliating cleansers.
In addition, if you also have such symptoms as dry eyes or dry lips, then use eye drops and lip balms.
A lot of mentioned items you can easily find in Olive Young, a famous Korean branch of cosmetic stores. In South Korea, Olive Young sells a variety of skincare products for all skin types.
Finally, you can maintain your dry skin in a better condition by using not only cosmetics but also a humidifier. If you have a humidifier then, it can help to keep the air in your home or office moist and comfortable for your skin.
Winter is cold in Korea. So, if your skin is dry, it is better to use special winter skincare to prevent skin damage. You can follow some recommendations that were listed in this article. However, the most important is not only using appropriate cosmetics. Do not neglect to wear warm clothing such as scarves, hats, and gloves to protect your skin from the cold weather, especially on windy days.
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