I’m here to share some tips with you, so you do skincare the correct way even when outside the temperatures are below zero.
- Moisturizing. We all know that it is important to moisturize during winter and if we don’t our skin usually is good at reminding of us really fast during this time of the year, it gets flaky, dry and that’s hard to ignore. One thing that I want to point out here is that you might be using the wrong moisturizer. Water based moisturizers, which are mainly loved by people with oily or combination skin types, aren’t the best option, I’ve suffered because of that. I remember one morning I woke up and had to go to the store, so washed my face and put my favorite moisturizer on. I was outside for about 10 to 20 minutes, before getting home and looking in a mirror, just to see that my cheeks are really irritated and the color of the skin on that area is basically purple. While I was walking outside, I felt it itching, but I didn’t think that it is something abnormal and ignored it, which was a mistake. Now during winter I only use moisturizers that don’t have that high concentration of water and I haven’t encountered the same problem. The science behind it is that water can freeze when the temperature outside is below zero, that will damage your skin and not hydrate it, but if you use something oil based or a heavier cream the natural temperature of your body will be more likely to prevent it from freezing.
- Exfoliating The temperatures drops, the humidity drops, but one thing doesn’t drop and that is the speed with which your skin cells die out, it’s the other way around they dehydrate and die out faster. This means that it is more likely your skin to start looking dull and that’s not what we want, especially during the holiday season, we want to shine bright. Exfoliating once or twice a week is key to looking great, with the right exfoliants like glycolic acid, lactic acid etc. you can fight and win the battle for glowing skin. It has other benefits as well, it will make it easier for you to hydrate your skin, because now your moisturizer will be put on your live skin cells and not the ones that are already dead. Just stay away from scrubs, they are more likely to damage your skin, by making little cuts in it.
- Humidity. As I said humidity drops and that is not good for your skin, try to use a humidifier, especially if you have an air conditioner at home, you can easily buy one, they are not expensive, but will have a great effect in battling dry skin, during winter.