The entire country has been getting hit hard by Mother Nature this winter. Even Houston was not immune to some hard freezes and it still doesn’t seem to be over! Houston is one of those lovely places where the temperature can be 75 degrees one day and 45 in 12 hours or less. Those weather extremes can do a number on your skin so I want to share some of my skin care tips to protect your skin this season!
Cleansers, exfoliators, and moisturizers must be part of your skin care routine. Cleaning your face is important no matter what skin type you have, but for dry skin it’s crucial to find a cleanser that is not too harsh, abrasive or drying. Cleansers with thick lathers should be avoided. If your skin feels squeaky clean after washing, then you’ve removed too much of your skin’s natural oils! A good micellar water product or a sulfate-free cleanser are recommended to clean your skin without stripping it.
Know it’s important to have a good exfoliator to remove those dry patches that so often plague us during the winter. Dead skin cells can clog your pores and make it super hard for the moisturizers your skin craves to actually do their job. Products with Antioxidant Vitamin C, and a fruit-based acid (like ascorbic) are good for gently exfoliating the skin.
Hydrating face masks are always good for an instant boost of moisture. A gel, a moisturizer, or even a serum (the thicker the better) are best for dry skin as long as they don’t clog pores (i.e. non-comedogenic).
There are also steps you can add to your daily routine to prevent dry skin:
- Avoid super hot water and don’t shower or wash your face more than you need to.
- Moisturizing your skin while it’s still damp helps to lock in moisture.
- Dry heat in your house during winter can also harm your skin, so turning on a humidifier at night will help add moisture to your skin.
- Make sure you’re getting plenty of Vitamin C and zinc in your diet to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin which your skin needs to stay supple.
- Finally, make sure you’re drinking an appropriate amount of water based on your weight and activity level. Staying hydrated is highly beneficial for dry skin!
To care for oily skin, you should have a cleanser, exfoliator AND toner in your routine; masks don’t hurt either. It’s important to choose a cleanser that doesn’t strip away too many of your skin’s natural oils to prevent your skin from over-producing oil as a reaction. Keep it mind that using products with acne-fighting ingredients like benzol peroxide and salicylic acid are very beneficial! These chemicals fight acne bacteria and draw out the impurities in your skin.
Oily skin absorbs your products more than dry skin, so toners are necessary to go the extra mile in removing dirt from oily skin. After washing your face, it’s a good idea to use a toner to help restore your skin’s pH balance and prevent the over production of oil.
Exfoliating is especially a key step for the oily skin folks out there. Oily skin doesn’t shed dead skin cells as often as it should which can lead to more clogged pores resulting in acne breakouts. Exfoliating 2-3 times per week is recommended since doing it too often can be just as bad for you as not doing it at all. Be mindful of how your skin reacts to exfoliation in the winter and adjust accordingly.
When searching for a moisturizer, make sure to stick to products formulated specifically for oily skin. It’s important to use a moisturizer that is “oil-free” and is water-based. Apply your moisturizer twice a day immediately after washing your face, in the morning and evening, so you can lock in the hydration from the water.
Here are steps you can add to your daily routine to control oily skin:
- Avoid scalding water to help to prevent drying out the skin and causing an over production of oil.
- Eating a diet that’s low in fried and processed foods will help to decrease your oil. Spinach, carrots, and kale help to fortify your skin while foods with omega-3 encourage healthy, radiant skin.
- Carry around travel sized oil absorbing sheets which can be found here
Sophia Russell is a beauty influencer from Houston, Texas. You can learn all about her beauty tips, and more, by subscribing to her Youtube channel here!
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