The cold, bitter, dry air that accompanies winter months can wreak havoc on your skin. The winter air can cause your skin to be dry, flaky, and itchy; dry skin leads to a layer of dead skin cells that clog pores and decrease the flow of sebum. If you are prone to these ailments, don’t think you have to suffer. Your skin can GLOW in the winter too. The secret is MOISTURE!
Here are 7 tips on how to get your skin to retain as much moisture as possible during the winter months:
1. Use a moisturizing cleanser
The surfactants in cleansers can have a drying effect, especially if the cleanser does not contain any moisturizing ingredients. To be sure your face is being moisturized and cleansed at the same time, choose a cleanser that contains moisturizing oils and/or humectants.
Moisturizing oils with cleansing powers:
Grape seed oil
Humectants with cleansing powers:
2. No oil-free products
Those with oily skin have the misconception that oil-free products are beneficial, they are actually extremely drying and the winter air is drying enough. Using the right oils can actually be beneficial to those with oily skin; oil attracts oil and can dissolve an excess amount of sebum. Use products with non-comedogenic oils.
Non-comedogenic oils listed from least comedogenic:
Hemp seed oil
Sunflower seed oil
Rosehip seed oil
Grape seed oil
Sweet almond oil
If you are trying to retain as much moisture as possible, you must moisturize. Never skip moisturizing, morning or night, during the winter months. Apply your moisturizer while your skin is still damp so your skin can absorb and hold the moisture. Don’t be afraid to pack on a little extra moisturizer and use one with a thicker texture, either a balm, soufflé, or whipped moisturizer. Make sure the moisturizer contains a non-comedogenic base butter.
Non-comedogenic base butters:
4. Use a serum
Serums, although not moisturizers, contain moisturizing ingredients and help skin retain moisture. Serums contain smaller active ingredients that are readily absorbed into the skin. When choosing the right serum, look for one with a moisturizing humectant.
Plant based glycerin
Exfoliate to treat dry skin and lessen the build-up of dead skin cells. Not all exfoliants are created equal, especially when combating dry skin. Look for exfoliators that contain oils and gentle exfoliants.
Gentle exfoliants from gentlest to more abrasive:
Apple cider vinegar
French Green clay
6. Invest in a humidifier
Heating systems can further dry skin, use a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
The amount of water consumed during winter seems to decrease, during the colder months don’t forget to drink the suggested amount of water.