Thursday, February 9, 2017

Banish Dry Winter Skin

As well as being wet, cold and pretty miserable- the winter weather is also harsh on our skin too. Wind and rain combined with central heating can leave it feeling pretty frazzled, and even if you’re usually quite lucky with your skin, you will probably have at least some issues with it over the coldest months. Thankfully there are things you can do to protect and look after it, here are a few tips to try.

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Visit a Doctor
If your skin isn’t just dry, but you’re experiencing chronic (long-lasting) conditions it’s important to have them correctly diagnosed. Otherwise, any products you use could be making everything worse. Things like acne and psoriasis for example need the right treatment, you can find out more on sites like www.westdermatology.com/conditions/psoriasis/. Winter skin feels dry, tight and uncomfortable, however, it shouldn’t be inflamed or raw. If yours is it’s a sign that something else is going on that needs to be addressed, and you should follow skincare directions from your doctor. If your skin is just dry and irritated from the cold weather, you can move onto the following tips.

Find The Right Products
During the winter, rich and hydrating products will give your skin the most amount of moisture. When you’re shopping for skincare, look for a night cream that claims it’s deeply nourishing or hydrating. Your day cream should be a little lighter which will allow it to sit well under makeup, but at night you want to really pamper your skin. A facial oil and regular face masks can help to protect the skin as well as replace the moisture lost. You can even make your own effective face masks from ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right now such as yogurt, eggs, honey, bananas and avocados. Don’t forget eye cream and lip balm since these sensitive areas on the face are most prone to damage. Once you’ve found a routine that works for you, be sure to stick with it for the best results.

Exfoliate Correctly
Exfoliating is an important part of a winter skincare routine. When skin dries, it flakes off leaving your complexion feeling rough and looking dull. Exfoliating removes this leaving a fresh and radiant surface underneath. However, it must be done in the right way. Using products or brushes that are too harsh on your skin will lead to it dry out and flake further which is precisely the opposite of what you want. Sites like www.cosmopolitan.com have more info.Look for an exfoliator that’s not too abrasive whether it’s a gentle scrub product or a cleansing brush. These can be effective for both cleansing and exfoliating, always use gentle motions and be careful not to scrub too hard which will irritate the skin.

Keep Hot Water Off Your Face
Hot baths are relaxing, but don’t be tempted to wash your face in this. If you must have your bath scorching, wash your face separately in the sink with warm water afterward. Hot water will dry it out further so if you’re already suffering from dry skin then this isn’t good news.

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