No to Dry Skin
For all of winter’s highly romanticised greats (think fireside hot chocolate, winter walks etc), there are a few dreaded side effects to note. Enter the onslaught of dry, itchy skin that’s currently settling in for the long haul. While previous, sunnier prevention methods have proven helpful, the climate may have already taken a toll. Fortunately, there’s still time to get serious about a daily routine to ensure a hydrated, glowing complexion until the first bud appears in spring.
Buff Your Skin
No matter how many serums and creams are applied, dry skin will stay dry without some light exfoliation. Get a gentle scrub, something with a mild glycolic or lactic acid to slough off the dead skin. The expert suggests swapping a gentle formula for your regular cleanser two to three times a week. For those with severely raw or dry skin, skip the exfoliator and incorporate a wet washcloth, instead, for a gentler option. And tailor your Retin-A usage to every other day because, while it’s surely the wrinkle-fighting hero product, it is also a strong exfoliant and may cause extra dryness during the winter. Now that the skin is buffed, serums and moisturisers can penetrate and really get to work.
Switch to a Heavy Face Cream
Perhaps one of the most important and commonly overlooked steps in the dry-skin game is changing to a seriously hydrating moisturiser. Look for creams, rather than lotions, that are made with ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Ceramides aid in the protection of the skin’s barrier, which is easily broken down during the winter. For those with severely chapped faces, pack on a hefty amount of product, morning and night.
Avoid Harsh Cleansers
Be sure to toss any face washes with extremely drying ingredients, like fragrances or additives, in favour of those formulated with chamomile or oatmeal. A really gentle cleanser is a great option that won’t strip skin of its natural oils, which are needed to protect overall moisture
As a last step, coat hands with a thick moisturiser, and dab Aquaphor (a skincare ointment) on cuticles and lips before hitting the sheets. And for those who are feeling overly dry, a hydrating sheet mask may be a good idea once a week at bedtime. Stay away from anything with charcoal or clay. Calming yet hard-working products should contain plenty of hyaluronic acid.
Here’s to healthy, hydrated and happy skin this season.
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