When winter comes, you may be excited about the snow, the holidays, and other fun winter activities. However, your skin may not welcome the season as much as you do. Your skin may start feeling the effects as early as late fall and become dry, damaged, dull, or skin issues may flare up. Generally, all you need to do is change up your skin care routine and add a few different products to clear up these issues.
If you experience dry skin in the winter months, you will need to switch up your cleansers and moisturizers. Your face and your entire body may start to feel dry, itchy, and even crack and bleed in some areas. Use a cream or oil-based cleanser and a heavy-duty moisturizer for your face. If your face gets really dry and flaky, try a moisturizing face mask once a week too.
For the rest of your body, use a moisturizing shower gel in the bath or shower. After you are done cleansing your body, put on a cream lotion when your skin is still damp to let the moisture soak in more effectively. Make sure to use lotion often on spots that get extra dry like your hands, feet, knees, and elbows.
Dull skin can happen very easily in winter and it can make you feel even more “blah”. Make sure to exfoliate at least once a week to remove dead skin cells. You can also use a cleansing brush when you wash your face. Products with retinoids are great for brightening dull skin as well.
If you still feel like your skin looks a little dull after your skin care routine, add some sparkle to your makeup routine. Add more highlighter and sparkle to brighten up your face.
Skin can become even more sensitive during the winter. Avoid any products with harsh ingredients like fragrance, alcohols, and sulfates. They can dry out or irritate your skin further. If your skin is very sensitive, switch to more natural and organic products. As always, when trying a new product on your skin, test a patch of skin before slathering it all over your face or body.
If you are having really bad skin problems during the winter and nothing is helping, see your dermatologist for a diagnosis and a specific treatment plan.
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