In these winter months the epidermis slows down its regeneration. The multiplication of the basal cells (the first layer of the epidermis) decelerates, and the cycle, usually about 28 days long, now takes up 30 or even 40 days. This has consequences for your skin:
- The keratinization becomes to strong
- The ceramides are beginning to be less effective
- The movement of moisture slows down
These major changes result in a skin that is thick, porous, and pale, and such a skin is not able to retain the moisture. The skin feels dry and tight.
In these winter months the chronobiological rythm is at its slowest; we will have to wait till mid-February for gradual improvement.