Winter is coming! And along with it comes a number of different winter-skin issues that include: chapped lips, dry skin, dullness and more. We know, skin issues are the last thing you want to deal with when you're juggling holiday parties, Christmas shopping and finding the perfect festive outfit. The chilly outdoor temperatures, drying indoor heat and the flowing holiday beverages aren't doing us any favours either.
To help you take control of your skin during the cold weather season, Get The Look is giving you a few tips for handling winter skin issues and how to solve them.
SKIN CARE: 4 WINTER SKIN ISSUES AND HOW TO SOLVE THEM
You probably already know that chapped lips are a major issue in the cold weather. Harsh weather alone may be responsible, but other offenders include frequent lip balm applications that can develop an irritant dermatitis to the chemicals in it.
The solution? Extra-gentle exfoliation with a sugar scrub or a soft washcloth to get rid of dead skin. Then follow up with a thick balm application before bed. If you fall into the balm-abuser category, try non-irritating balms without fragrances or flavours and cutting back on how often you apply it throughout the day.
When the air is drier, skin can be drier. This creates the illusion of dullness when you have old, dead skin cells on the top layer of your skin. This is a sign you may not be exfoliating well enough and that you might not be as hydrated as you should be.
If you want to combat dull winter skin, exfoliation will be your new best friend. A facial brush or a weekly chemical peel twice per week can loosen the build-up of dead skin cells and prevent dull-looking skin. Other important tools in your nighttime routine include serums with vitamin C, antioxidants or retinol. Don't forget to moisturize!
While the weather outdoors may be chilly, temperatures indoors are kept warm in order to escape from the cold winter weather. Flaky skin can be caused by dry heat blasting – or even from taking long, hot showers.
Your first impulse in dealing with flaky skin may be to scrub all the roughness away. But if you're doing a lot of exfoliation and your skin is parched and patchy, that's a sign you may be disrupting the skin's protective moisture barrier. Instead of exfoliating, try hydrating. First, swap out regular cleansers for a micellar water, then look for moisturizing creams and serums. Keep showers short and lukewarm to help the cause!
All-over redness on your skin can happen when you experience extreme sudden temperature changes, or when you drink hot beverages or alcohol – which is common during the holiday season and colder months!
Luckily, there are a lot of different options for dealing with redness. Look for formulas that include niacinamide or licorice, as well as chamomile or feverfew, which will calm redness over time. In the mean time, opt for a colour correcting concealer to hide your winter redness.