As we all know, the cold and wind can wreak havoc on your skin and can cause drying, flaking, redness and even breakouts. This is why it’s important to have a good winter skin care routine in place to combat harsh weather. Most of us enjoy all four seasons and must take care to adapt our routine to extreme weather conditions that usually occur during summer and winter.
Dry skin can be helped by using products with high hydration properties. Use a gentle cleanser like a cream cleanser or oil cleanser to help keep your skin moist and supple. Harsh cleansers usually foam and act like a detergent to strip away dirt, but also strips away your skin’s protective oils. There are many amazing cleansers on the market for every skin type, even acne prone skin. The moisturizing effects will also help to keep flaky skin at a minimum.
Many times dry skin is also accompanied by flakiness, either in patches or all over your face. Using a gel exfoliator or other exfoliation mask will probably be too harsh during cold weather as it has a strong drying effect on the skin. Instead, use a fine grain salt or sugar scrub to gently remove dead skin. Be sure to use an oil scrub and not a gel scrub because they tend to be drying as well.
If you are someone who uses toner on a regular basis, it’s a good idea to switch over to pure witch hazel because its ph balance is very similar to your skin. You can purchase straight witch hazel, natural witch hazel blended with essential oils or you can make your own blend.
When it comes to moisturizing your skin, choose a heavier product like a cream instead of a lotion. If you have very dry skin then you may want to try layering moisturizers for additional hydration. Use fast-absorbing water based lotion or hydrating spritzer and blend it until it’s completely absorbed. If your skin still feels tight, dry or looks crepe-y then reapply and allow it to absorb into your skin. Now use a heavier lotion or cream to seal in moisture and act as a barrier. Make sure to always use a sunscreen of at least 15SPF even if it’s rainy or cloudy. The sun’s rays are intense and dark or gray skies can make it seem as if you’re protected, however you are still subjected to them during daylight hours.