Winter is coming. And with the changing of seasons, it’s time to change your skin care routine. While the chill of the season may bring a rosy glow to many a cheek, the low temperatures and harsh winds may incite dry skin, increased acne, irritation, eczema, and other averse skin conditions.
And it’s not just the cold temperatures — when you crank up the heat in your home, that dries your skin out, too.
“As soon as you turn the heat on indoors, the skin starts to dry out,” Bonnie LaPlante, an esthetician with the Canyon Ranch resort in Lenox, Mass., told WebMD in an interview. “It doesn’t matter if you heat your home using oil, wood, or electricity. The skin gets dry.”
If you want to avoid the winter skin blues, follow these 3 winter skin tips for a glowing complexion.
Get the Help of a Professional
Finding the best skin care products at a pharmacy or drug store can be difficult when you don’t have a specialist to aid your quest. Many products, such as exfoliants and ones containing salicylic acid, retinoids, or benzyl peroxide, can be extremely drying, and take a toll on already-dry skin. Instead of taking a chance, visit a dermatologist either in-person, or schedule a teledermatology session. Teledermatology services are becoming increasingly popular, and have a success rate of 91% for those who use them. These professionals will be able to asses your skin and tell you exactly what products you should be using.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Believe it or not, acne worsens when your skin is dry, making it more irritated and inflamed. And what many of the 50 million acne sufferers in America don’t understand is that skin needs oil to be healthy. Because of this, it’s important to keep moisturizing during the winter. Use an “ointment” moisturizer that will help to create a protective barrier on your skin.
Keep Your Sunscreen Routine
The cold doesn’t automatically cancel out the danger of the sun’s rays. And with one in five individuals in the US at risk of developing skin cancer in their lifetime, it’s essential to slather on the sunscreen year-round. For women, try to use makeup and skincare products that contain at least 30 SPF for total coverage.
How do you take care of your skin during the winter? Let us know in the comments below.