Moisture is one of the defining factors for healthy skin. The right balance between oil and hydration keeps your outer mantle smooth, glowing and youthful. Moisturizing is an indispensable step in your skincare routine, especially during the cold season when low temperatures can cause dryness.
Here’s what you need to know to achieve a dewy, supple look.
During cold weather, water under the surface of skin cells evaporates quickly, resulting in dryness that prevents the absorption of moisturizer and serum. Sebum (the oily, waxy substance produced by your sebaceous glands) and impurities can lead to blockages and pimples. In the winter, it is necessary to exfoliate. Because your skin is at its most sensitive during this harsh season, remember to use gentle products. Exfoliate twice a week for oily and combination skin, and once a week if yours is dry or normal.
Hot water is a no-no
In the winter, people have a habit of washing their face with hot water. However, few realize that it is one of the leading culprits in causing dehydration and redness. Cold water may help improve blood circulation, but it is unable to wash away the impurities that settle deep inside your pores. According to an article commissioned by L’Oréal, lukewarm water helps cleansers foam better, remove dust and dirt, and balance oil in the skin.
Avoid washing your face too often
Whether you have oily or dry skin, don’t wash your face too often, as this will cause the sebaceous glands to secrete more sebum, resulting in acne.
According to a recommendation by the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD), you should wash your face twice a day and after sweating. This frequency guarantees the removal of dirt, impurities on the skin’s outer layer, but does not cause the skin to lose its natural oil. In addition, a towel should be used to dry the face instead of leaving it to air-dry, which leads to dehydration.
Use moisturizing mask
Using masks two to three times a week not only helps you relax but also moisturizes. Most masks are formulated to increase water intake for your skin, along with other effects, such as brightening, anti-aging, or acne treatment.
For irritation and redness due to cold weather, try products containing aloe vera extract. Aloe vera is widely known for its ability to supply water and soothe inflammation.
Use face mist
Face mist is also a quick way to hydrate when your skin feels tight, when it’s too shiny, or even after cleansing and applying toner.
In the winter, give your face a spritz and gently pat it dry before putting on makeup. These aerosols, packed with moisturizing ingredients, will help your foundation layer look smooth and natural.
Use cosmetic products containing hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid (commonly known as HA) is a very popular skincare ingredient. It is likened to a “moisture magnet” because of its ability to supply and retain water.
Hyaluronic acid with its deep moisturizing properties can keep the surface of the skin tight and smooth, as well as blurring wrinkles. Besides, it also improves texture, and stimulates collagen growth for firmness and elasticity.
Hyaluronic acid is a component used in a variety of products which are widely available, including serums, cleansers, and face masks.
Moisturize with oil
Facial oil products are your best friend in winter. Depending on the type of oil, their functions will vary. Olive oil, for example, keeps the skin soft and prevents wrinkles. Coconut oil has antibacterial properties and can treat acne and correct uneven tone. Jojoba oil brightens the skin, reduces aging, and promotes healing after sunburn.
All oils should be applied after your moisturizer. In the morning, remember to use sunscreen following the oils before going out. With these tips in mind, you’re now ready to brave the winter with healthy and glowing skin.
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