Winter is coming – and for most people, cold winter weather may bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. With winter may come the unconfortable dryness of the face, hands and feet. For some people, it’s even worse than just a general tight and dry feeling – they may experience flaking, cracking or even eczema.
Ready or not, colder weather means turning the heat on indoors and your skin will automatically start to dry out. In cold conditions, the skin is not as able to protect itself – this leads to cracks in the outer layer of skin, lost hydration and inflammation.
If you have dry skin, you should double down on the hydrating to keep your skin looking luminous. You should switch to using a cream or oil-based cleanser that is designed to prevent moisture loss. Also, it is recommended to use products with extra hydrating ingredients, like hyaluronic acid.
If you have oily skin, you’re known to skip the moisturizer altogether in the summer but should you moisturize during winter time? As it turns out, oily skin types can only benefit from more moisture with colder weather. Those with oily skin should continually use AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) and retinoids to help control oil production.
If you have combination skin, you probably already know that foam-based cleansers can do wonders to regulate excess oil in summer months. But how about winter? You should try with thicker but oil-free moisturizers with ceramides. Antioxidant and retinoid use should remain steady, no matter what the season – they help counter pollution’s effects on skin and trigger the skin to produce more collagen.
If your skin is dull, you should moisturize with hyaluronic acid and ceramides based moisturizers. They smoothen, plump and protect the skin.
If your skin type is sensitive, you should definitely stay away from foam cleansers as well as harsh abrasive exfoliators. Skincare products which you need to eliminate also include products with alcohols, sulfates or fragrance since they not only irritate but dry out skin, too.