As the days get shorter and temperatures drop, you may find yourself facing a new set of skin care challenges. But don’t throw in the towel just yet — these tips can help you tackle winter skin woes and keep your face happy all season long:
- Fight dryness with a more hydrating cleanser. If your skin is extra dry, try swapping out your regular cleanser for one that’s a bit richer. And if you’re already using a more hydrating cleanser, consider adding an oil-based one to your routine. Just remember that some may leave behind a residue, so make sure to thoroughly rinse them off before applying any moisturizers or creams.
- Moisturize. If you don’t already use a moisturizer, now is the time to start. Look for products that use occlusive agents – these work by forming a layer on top of your skin that prevents moisture loss. Occlusive ingredients include petroleum jelly and lanolin (a waxy substance derived from wool), as well as oils like coconut oil and argan oil, which also serve as emollients that help heal dry skin.
- As you turn up the heat and take long, hot showers or baths, you’re stripping much-needed moisture from your skin. With less oil production and lower humidity levels, keeping your skin in good condition becomes an uphill battle. Shower with warm — not hot — water, for no more than 10 minutes at a time. Steer clear of harsh soaps, which can strip your skin of its natural oils that help keep it hydrated.
- Use a humidifier. It can help reduce dryness by adding moisture to the air in your home. Make sure to clean it regularly so it doesn’t promote mold growth.
- Avoid using soap that has harsh ingredients. Look for gentle soaps without sulfates, alcohol or fragrance.