One thing that many people don't realize about skin care, is that our daily cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing routines should change with the seasons. In the summertime, it's all about exfoliation, but during the cold, frigid winter months, it's more about keeping skin hydrated. Still unsure of where to begin when it comes to your winter skin care routine? Get ready to transition from fall to winter in the next coming months, and follow these simple tips for keeping dry skin healthy during the cold winter months.
WINTER SKIN CARE: 5 TIPS FOR DRY SKIN
If your skin is already dry and flaky (as it usually is in the winter), don't exfoliate more than you normally would. Remove peeling agents or harsh exfoliators from your daily routine, as these will further weaken and strip your skin barrier at a time when you need it most. If you're using a salicylic or glycolic acid cleanser to exfoliate, try substituting with a gentle cleanser instead.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
When it comes to your winter skin care routine, moisturizer is key. Make sure you apply it right after washing your face or getting out of the shower – lightly pat your skin dry and start applying moisturizer immediately. You don't want your face to be wet because that will dilute the product, but your skin can be slightly damp. Pores are most open after your skin's been washed, so it's best to moisturize on freshly washed skin for the best results.
Keep showers short and not too hot
When it comes to baths and showers in the winter time, keep them lukewarm and short. If you have dry skin, water can actually be the enemy – it isn't hydrating to your skin. It's the natural oils on your skin that you want, and water washes them away. Excessively hot water also dehydrates the skin, so if you use water that is too hot, it will dilate capillaries in order to cool itself, resulting in redness.
The best winter moisturizer for you depends on skin type
You may think that when your skin is dry, any old moisturizer will do. But when it comes to keeping dry skin healthy, you need to keep your skin type in mind. Whether you have dry skin, oily skin, combination skin or are prone to breakouts, there's a moisturizer that will suit your winter weather needs!
Moisturizer doesn't need to be heavy
When it comes to moisturizer, thicker isn't always better for hydrating your skin. Although your first impulse might be to reach for the richest moisturizer you can find, ask yourself: Do you break out easily? Do you have oily skin? As a general rule, creams are heavier than lotions, which are heavier than ointments. But it isn't the viscosity of the products that makes the difference; it's the level of active ingredients. The most important thing is to find moisturizers that really penetrate and hydrate the skin. And if you're breakout-prone, avoid oil-based formulas, or you will break out.