Problems related to skin are very common for people in China. Mostly due to pollution, water & air pollution mainly, these issues are emphasized when the climate is harsher, such as in winter. Red hands, itchy skin and overall dryness make the winter season in China an uncomfortable experience for most people.
What can you do to remedy this dry winter issue? Read more to find out!
Why is skin dry in winter?
Moisture is very important for skin, and when the latter get dry, it basically means that moisture is insufficient. The causes can be numerous, such as too frequent bathing or use of hard soaps. Aging and some medical conditions also reinforce this lack of moisture. 水分对皮肤来说非常重要，当皮肤变得干燥时，意味着严重缺乏水分。造成这种结果的因素很多，比如洗澡太频繁或者使用了硬肥皂。衰老和身体状况也会造成水分的缺失。
In winter, the main issue is that the humidity level is much lower both outdoors and indoors, which makes it harder to moisturize properly, since our skin outer layer, the epidermis, has atendency to have similar humidity level as its environment.
This results in skin being itchy and dry, but fortunately, you can improve that situation!
The first step: skin moisturizers
Skin moisturizers are well-known to take care of winter dryness. They both rehydrate the skin and help it sealing in the moisture. This helps with the water loss acceleration provoked by winter's low humidity as well as indoor heat, which is very common in winter to get warmer. As a result, they suppress most of the dry skin symptoms such as itchiness, cracks and burning feeling.
Usually, the thicker and greasier moisturizers are more efficient to treat dry skin, with oil doing most of the work. Due to the absence of water in many moisturizers, they are best use once the skin has been washed and humidified, to help seal the moisture in.
Which takes us to our second step: clean water.
The second step: clean water
Clean water is essential to avoid dryness. Substances present in water such as chlorine have a very negative effect on the skin, and can reduce your natural defenses against what we saw constitute winter dryness.
In China, water has a very large quantity of chlorine inside, and as such, the water quality is not ideal, especially not for expatriates used to cleaner water at home. Excessive chlorine is the main issue for skin problems related to water, and will definitely help damaging your skin during winter.
What is the best way to reduce chlorine in your water then? Simple: use a water filter! To resolve water-related issues is the primary function of any water filter. In order to help with the chlorine problem specifically, many shower filters have components specifically oriented towards this purpose, with calcium sulfate being the most efficient one, and the one we chose to use at Greenwave.
Here is a small list of our dry-skin related products, mostly for shower:
ClearFallX shower filter
The most updated shower filter ClearFallX is suitable for handheld shower, removing sediments and chlorine in both hot and cold water, small clustering water molecules, increasing negative ions and water pressure.
ShowerKing shower filter
Suitable for rain or wall mounted shower, removing sediments and chlorine in both hot and cold water, small clustering water molecules, increasing negative ions as well.
UltraShower filter and softener
Suitable for these senstive users or who want better shower products. Besides the functions of ClearFallX or ShowerKing, it also softens water, lowers hardness and provides an overall better experience.
WaterBaby faucet filter
Suitable for sink and bathtub taps as well as kitchen taps, removing sediments and chlorine in both hot and cold water, small clustering water molecules, increasing negative ions as well.
Those products are ideal for you to use in combination with a moisturizer. Shower or wash your hands first with a chlorine removal device, then apply your moisturizer on the sensitive parts to seal the moisture in.
The third step: good air
While clean water is essential to remove chlorine when you take shower or wash your hands, good air is a very important part for your overall indoor environment. In winter, we are naturally inclined to use heaters to their maximum, to fight the cold. This makes the indoor air especially dry, and will cause it to be favorable to irritations and illnesses such as a cold or the flu. 洗手或洗澡时，关键是去除氯之后的纯净水。但良好的空气对整个室内环境来说是非常重要的。我们倾向于在冬天使用加热器取暖。这样一来，室内的空气就会非常干燥，很容易生病，如感冒或者流感。
In the North of China especially, the air requires some moisturizing, in order to help your organism moisturize as well. A very good solution for this is to use a humidifier: by adding humidity to the environment, they help you fight the indoor dryness levels, at the same time making your use of chlorine-free water and moisturizers more efficient!
We currently have a 35% discount on our humidifiers; get yours for the harsh winter ahead!
We hope these small tips will make your winter a much nicer experience! And don't forget, when you go outside, put gloves on to protect these nicely moisturized hands!