It has been cold, dark and gloomy these past few weeks. As the winter months approach, you might be feeling a little down about your skin. Winter is a tough season for any skin type. It’s tough on dry to normal skin and sensitive skin, but it’s especially difficult for oily skin types. Luckily, there are some simple tricks to help you maintain healthy-looking skin this winter season.
This article gives you everything you need to know to make sure your winter-ready pampering routine doesn’t leave your skin looking too dry or flaky. Take a look at these helpful tips!
Your Skin in Winter
While the cold and dark months will have a negative impact on your skin, there are ways to offset this.
In the winter, you should make sure that your pores aren’t clogged by having a gentle cleanser or mask every day. The reason this is important is that we tend to get those dreaded blackheads around our nose and chin area in the winter.
You want to cleanse the skin properly because it will help you avoid any dryness that could happen when you don’t take care of your skin. When you cleanse well, you also create a healthy environment for new cells to replace old ones.
Your diet can affect how your skin looks in the winter season as well. It’s important to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables so that your body gets enough Vitamin A, C and E. These vitamins help keep the barrier function of your skin strong and healthy during the colder months.
It’s also important for you to drink plenty of water during these cold seasons because your body needs hydration – especially if you live in cold weather for long periods of time.
Cleanse and Exfoliate
Before you jump into your heavy-duty moisturizer and treatment, start with a fresh cleanse and exfoliation routine. You can use a gentle cleanser or moisturizer on your face and body to cleanse the skin of any impurities and to help improve circulation in the skin.
Exfoliate your skin two to three times a week. Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser first and then use a gentle exfoliating scrub. This will help remove dead skin cells that build up on the surface of the skin and cause dryness.
Cleanse with a water-based cleanser or toner and follow it with a moisturizer infused with hyaluronic acid or sodium PCA (a humectant). This will help lock in moisture into the skin. The humectant will also help you maintain healthy-looking skin during winter by retaining the required moisture for all parts of your body, including your face and hands, which tend to be drier than other parts of your body.
This is the most important part of any winter skin care routine. Moisturizer can help to soothe dry, irritated skin and restore hydration. It will also soften your skin and give it a healthy glow!
But moisturizing should be done well before winter starts. That’s because cold, dry air can make skin look dry and flaky. If you’re not moisturizing regularly, you’ll end up with dry spots on your face that will only get worse as the season progresses.
It’s also important to note that not all moisturizers are made for every skin type. Oily or acne-prone skin types need higher concentrations of emollient ingredients in their moisturizers, whereas drier skin types might want to use heavier creams with more occlusive ingredients like lanolin or beeswax.
Protect Your Skin From the Cold
If you’re looking for a way to protect your skin from the cold, try using a moisturizer with SPF.
The best moisturizers for winter are ones that have an SPF of 30 or greater. The SPF protects your skin from the harsh UV rays that are prevalent in the winter and can cause irritation and premature skin ageing.
As a general rule, if you want a natural product, look for one with antioxidants like vitamins C or E. These antioxidants help to combat free radicals in your skin while hydrating it at the same time. Antioxidants also act as natural preservatives and protect against oxidation.
Stay Warm, Healthy and Secure
Winter can make it seem like the cold weather is seeping right into your skin. You might be tempted to plug in the heaters and stay bundled up all the time. But, this can lead to other issues, including breakouts and clogged pores. It’s best to keep your skin hydrated during the winter months with an oil-rich moisturizer.
You should also protect your skin from drying out with a face cream that contains hydrating ingredients like glycerin and shea butter. This will help keep moisture locked in so you don’t end up with dry flakes or red, blotchy patches on your face.
Soothing masks are another great way to keep your skin healthy during the winter season. Masks that contain soothing ingredients like aloe vera and chamomile work great for calming irritated skin without over-drying it out.