With winter rapidly approaching, caring for your facial skin may become a bit challenging, especially if your skin tends to be dry. When it starts to look dull and feel itchy, it’s already too late, so you may want to follow these simple tips to protect your skin and make sure that it stays healthy throughout the colder months.
1. Use only gentle facial cleansers.
Skip any harsh cleanser that contains soap, sulfates, alcohol and chemical surfactants, which can strip the skin and make it feel more tight and dry. Opt for a creamy/milky cleanser, or use a gentle, low-foam cleanser. Any cleanser that makes your skin feel “squeaky clean” is probably too drying. If you wear makeup, swap your face wipes, which can be drying and irritating, with a cleansing oil.
2. Use a face oil instead of a moisturizer.
Instead of using a water-based moisturizer, try a face oil. After cleansing your face, while your skin is still damp, dispense about 3 to 5 drops of oil into the palm of your hands and then gently massage it into the skin. Face oils offer the benefit of softening the skin, keeping it hydrated and protecting it from the cold air and wind by sealing in moisture. Most importantly, oils do not contain extra ingredients like waxes, which can clog the pores and cause breakouts.
There are many different types of face oils to choose from, but if you don’t know where to start, you could try argan, jojoba or marula oil, which is especially great for dry skin.
3. A few times a week, exfoliate.
Exfoliating is very important because it helps to get rid of dead skin cells and encourages skin cell renewal. Moreover, a layer of dead skin cells won’t allow your face oil to penetrate the skin deeply. However, especially when the skin is feeling extra dry, it is important to use a gentle product and not to overdo it. No matter which product you choose to use, make sure to massage it into the skin gently, instead of rubbing it in.
Here are a few things you can do to keep your skin healthy and hydrated during winter:
– Drink plenty of water. If you don’t feel thirsty and struggle with taking in enough liquids, try to drink tea, sweetened with a little raw honey. Everything counts! Dehydrated skin cells have a slower turnover rate, which results in dull skin and more visible fine lines.
– Eat homemade soups, broths and plenty of fresh, local organic produce to provide your body with additional liquids and protective nutrients.
– Use a humidifier. Outdoor cold air is already so drying that you may want to use a humidifier at home to help your skin to stay moisturized.
-Don’t forget your lips! Protect them with a rich, soothing balm.
Is your skin ready for winter?
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