During the winter months, our skin is subject to harsher weather like an increase in wind and colder temperatures. Going from hot to freezing temperatures can aggravate the skin causing an increase in dryness, breakouts, sensitivity, and redness. Exposing our skin to colder and harsher climates results in a breakdown of the protective lipid barrier in our skin. The lipid barrier prevents water loss from leaving the skin, so when this barrier is broken down our skin has a difficult time obtaining moisture. This leads to an increase in the skin becoming dry.
Another reason there is an increase in skin dryness is that in the winter individuals will raise the heat in their homes and take longer hotter showers. Although both feel amazing after coming inside from the cold, heaters and hot showers will pull moisture further from the skin. When there is a lack of moisture in the skin, the skin will begin to overproduce oil leading to an increase in breakouts.
In order to combat the damage winter will inflict on our skin, there needs to be a change in daily skincare routines. Here are Six ways you can have healthy skin in the Winter.
Incorporate a gentle cleanser into your skincare routine
You will have to change your cleanser from the one used in the summer months.
Avoid cleansers that include: salicylic acid, alpha-hydroxy acids, alcohol, and sodium laurel sulfate. These will further dry out your skin.
Use warm water to cleanse your skin
This will prevent further stripping the skin of moisture and will prevent skin blotchiness.
Exfoliate after cleansing your skin
You should exfoliate your skin at least once a week. This will debris any dead skin cells stuck to the surface of the skin and will allow for new skin cells to form. This will result in softer, clearer, and healthier skin.
Avoid using a toner
This will further dry the skin out. Focus on adding moisture into the skin.
Use a hydrating moisturizer that is non-comedogenic
This will give you the added moisture you need without causing breakouts to occur.
Avoid any products that have alcohol in its formulation.
You should always wear sunscreen daily.
This will prevent extra damage to the skin from occurring and will offer protection against the elements.