I still remember how I used to suffer from dry skin every winter.
Itchy, flaky skin was a common scenario at those days.
After disparately trying many products, I finally realized that all matters is the type and quality of the skin care products you use and not the number of skin care products.
So, if you are one of those who has a bathroom cabinet full of all kinds of skin care products, keep on reading.
The key to curing any skin problem is to understand the causes of that problem.
There are times when I thoughts that eczema has no cure. Well, you can’t get rid of it for good, but if you treat it right, you can reduce the symptoms.
On the other hand, I had not known that hot water causes dryness to your skin, so if you take very hot showers, try to cool the water a little bit or shower for a shorter time.
Another example is your cleanser. If your cleanser irritates your skin, try to switch to a mild one. You will have to determine your skin type first, then choose your skin care products accordingly.
What Kind of Skincare Products Should you Use in Winter?
Moisturizing is the number one key for treating dry skin. You don’t have to overdo it or use too many products all at once. Only use a good moisturizer that suits your skin type.
If you use a lightweight lotion in the summer, switch to a heavier cream or ointment in winter. Remember that even oily skin may become dry if treated unproperly during cold seasons.
Apply your moisturizer after shower immediately and after you wash your face while your skin is still damp.
Best moisturizers are those containing shea butter, olive oil or cocoa butter.
Cleansing your face is vital for preventing the accumulation of dirt and excess oil in the pores, which may cause the formation of acne.
Mild, unscented and soap-free cleansers are the best for your skin because they help to maintain its natural moisture. Moisturizing cleansers are a good choice, too.
Avoid products that contain a high concentration of alcohol. Alcohol causes your skin to dry and might irritate it as well.
Replace your foaming cleanser with a creamy one (like cleansing milk for example). That way you ensure that your skin does not turn dry after cleansing.
Try to use exfoliators less frequently during the cold months; scrubbing your face too often leads to losing oils and result in dry skin. Scrubbing further will make it more sensitive, so you should be gentler with your skin by using exfoliators once or twice a week.
Also, avoid physical exfoliators, which contains rough beads (those will irritate your skin and make your skin’s situation worse).
Look for products that contain cocoa butter, vitamins A and E, or beeswax. Before applying, remember to moisten your lips with cool water. This can help keep moist within your lips’ skin. Also, a gentle exfoliator can help remove all dead skin cells.
Prevention is the best medicine, thus applying lotion after washing your hands, taking warm showers rather than hot ones, and applying a creamy moisturizer before drying off may be all that you need for healthy, soft skin this winter.
Did I miss anything? How do you overcome dry skin problems? Tell me in the comments 🙂
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