Use a thicker moisturizer
Depending on your skin type, you may need to utilize a heavier moisturizer. Cool air, like the one associated with the fall and winter months, tends to be very dry. As such, it will strip moisture from your skin. Depending on the severity of the dryness, your skin may respond in a number of ways. First, it may simply become drier. Your skin may feel tight, and it could flake or crack. Bacteria can enter the skin through cracks, which could result in breakouts.
Alternatively, your skin could kick its oil production into overdrive in an attempt to keep your skin hydrated. This typically occurs when you are switching from the chilled fall or winter air to the perhaps, slightly overheated indoor space. Just because your skin is oily doesn’t mean it’s not dry. Check out our previous blog: What’s The Difference Between Water-Based Moisturizers and Oil-Based Moisturizers? to learn more. Instead, you may find benefits in altering your skincare routine and replacing your skin’s moister barrier. Use mild, fragrance-free soaps to gently cleanse your skin as well as a water-based moisturizer to rehydrate your skin. Additionally, finding a moisturizer that contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid will help, too. Ceramides serve to moisturize the skin and help protect the skin by strengthening its protective barrier. Hyaluronic acid helps draw moister to the skin and retain moisture.
Exfoliating has come benefits; it can help you remove dead skin cells that build up. Exfoliating during the winter can also make moisturizers more effective. As your skin dries, it begins to flake, and the dead cells will accumulate on the surface of the skin. An accumulation of dead cells will block moisturizers from penetrating the skin. It can also lead to clogged pores, a build-up of dirt underneath the layer of dead cells, and it can make it harder for the skin to breathe. All of this can lead to undesired consequences, such as inflammation and acne. However, you should be choosy about your exfoliating method. There is a wide array of exfoliating products out there, and you may have to test several to see which one works best for you. After you have exfoliated your skin, don’t forget to nourish and moisturize your skin.
Consider using a humidifier
As mentioned before, cool air tends to be dry. Using a humidifier can help restore moisture to the air in warm spaces, which can help boost hydration. Just be careful not to over humidify the air. Because that can result in condensation building up on the walls, which can lead to mold growth. Addiounallly, be sure to keep your humidifier clean. A dirty humidifier can promote bacteria growth and can cause you to develop a cold or cough.
If you keep these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to maintaining healthy and vibrant skin all season long!