Everyone wants smooth, healthy, moisturized skin year-round, but how do you maintain that “summer glow” in the winter time? With the winter comes a change in humidity, and that can lead to rough, cracked skin or eczema flare-ups (for those with the condition). Although there are different skin types, everyone’s skin becomes drier in the winter. To combat unwanted dryness, try not to take long, hot showers and adjust your skincare routine. Also, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Moisturizing in the bathroom right after you shower without opening the bathroom door can be helpful because all of the steam is helping your skin stay moisturized. Once you put lotion or petroleum jelly on, the moisture is secured within your skin. Identify your skin type and learn how to combat the winter winds that wither your precious skin.
Sensitive skin reacts to products, heat, and climate change. It would be best for you to eat foods that reduce redness such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and broccoli. Because those foods are loaded with antioxidants, they will internally hydrate cells and protect cells from environmental damages.
Dry skin is usually rough and scaly. The elasticity levels are lower, which causes tightness and itching. Incorporating foods that provide moisture to the skin would be best. Salmon, avocado, and nuts contain healthy fats and are high in Vitamin E. Lastly, try to stay away from perfumed soaps and detergent as they usually contain alcohol, which dries out your skin.
Oily skin typically has larger pores that secrete more oil and are prone to blackheads. Lower humidity does not equal less oily skin. Make sure you stay well hydrated, cleanse your face twice a day, and use a water-base moisturizer. Be caution of using the same products in summer as winter, as your summer products may dry your skin out, which will make your sebaceous glands (oil glands) work harder and create breakouts.
Combination skin is kind of tricky because some areas are oily and some areas are completely dry. This is usually demonstrated in the face by having an oily T-zone and being dry everywhere else. It is best for you to stay hydrated as well and use hydrating, weightless products.
Written by: Candace Mitchell