Five Skincare Tips to Keep You Glowing All Winter Long
In the winter, all bets are off: Oily skin can become flaky, normal skin can get oily and dry, combination skin turns to the extremes, and dry skin-well, let's just say extreme redness and irritation are not out of the question if you don't treat your skin properly. "The relative humidity of the air is lower during the cool, winter months," says Dr. Kenneth Howe, MD, a dermatologist at Wexler Dermatology in New York City. "This is particularly true indoors, where forced air heating systems can further rob air of humidity. All this dry air around us dries us out and, along with the outside environment, shows on our skin." In the winter, it's important to use gentle products that will keep skin moisturized and the outer layer of skin strong to protect it against the elements. That means not only tweaking your skincare regimen, but also making a few lifestyle changes during the winter. Here, a variety of ways to make it seem like you're living in a mild climate, even if the several layers of wool you're wearing tells a different story.
This is obvious, but most people don't moisturize enough. Switch to a thicker, occlusive cream, like CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. It contains hyaluronic acid, which attracts hydration to the skin's surface, and ceramides, which moisturizes while restoring and strengthen the skin's barrier. If your skin is feeling itchy, look for a product with soothing oatmeal in it.
Add an "Under Moisturizer" Into Your Regimen
Ease Up on the Hot Showers
Scalding hot water can lead to super dry and irritated skin-especially if you already have a history of sensitive, dry skin, and eczema. If you can, stick to warm showers, and apply moisturizer right when you get out of the shower. (It might not feel as good, but your skin will thank you later.)
Humidify Your Environment
You should keep a humidifier in your bedroom, Howe says, as it can help hydrate your skin. The artificial heat is just as detrimental to your skin as the cold air outside.
Cut Down on Products That Could Dry Out Your Skin
If you use a toner, switch to one that's hydrating and gentle, like Caudalie Moisturizing Toner. And if you use retinol, switch to one that's a lower strength, or switch from a gel to a cream and use it less frequently. And if you have a topical prescription for acne, you might want to use it less frequently as well, since acne-fighting products with benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid can often be drying.