It’s winter; It’s cold out; Your lips are dry; Your feet are cracking; And your skin feels like crap. I know all about this. Even as a licensed skincare specialist, I have had my share of dry & crappy skin. Whether it be my lips, feet, or face, trust me when I say, I know the feeling. I mean damn, I am human. But look, it doesn’t have to be this way. Some of you are still using the same ole skincare products you were using in the summer. Not realizing your skin is drier during the winter season, so needs more moisture and a few more things as well.
Here are 5 reasons why your skin feels like crap this winter…
1. You did not winterize your skincare products/routine.
I’ve been guilty of this myself. You know those skin products you just loved so much all summer because they had your skin poppin like the 4th. In fact, on the 4th you had been out all day and realized by the middle of the night your makeup was still on point and your skin wasn’t oily at all. Oh, I know all about it. I’ve said many a times, “I’ma use these products FOREVER!”. Unfortunately, the way our skin cells are set up, we can’t and we shouldn’t – use the same skincare products year round. Come winter time, it’s important to switch up to more hydrating products as your skin will become more dry during the winter season. During the winter, you should be using a creamier cleanser and a thicker moisturizer. All products should point to HYDRATION. Look for products with hyaluronic acid in the ingredients for more hydration.
2. You are not exfoliating properly.
Somewhere down the line exfoliation became a trend and become a little too overly used. Exfoliation is definitely an important part of any skincare routine, however over exfoliation or not exfoliating at all especially during the winter is a for sure reason your skin feels like crap. As we age our skin changes and begins to turnover dead skin cells more slowly (Kinda like us. We get older and start moving like molasses.). When this happens it is up to us to facilitate cell turnover by exfoliating. This basically means that we are clearing out the old skin and bringing out the new. This sounds good, right? Like just what you need, right? Exactly! And, your skin feels amazing after exfoliation too! But this doesn’t mean we should do it daily or even every other day. Especially if you’re using a physical exfoliation method such as scrub, brush, exfoliation glove, or even an enzyme mask. When using these you should only exfoliate once a week. However, a more gentle exfoliation method such as a glycolic or lactic acid toner can be used daily.
3. Your cleanser is over-drying your skin.
What is the main thing we want our facial cleanser to do? Let’s all say it together now… CLEAN MY FACE! One of the most common skincare mistakes my clients make is using the wrong cleanser. A lot of times when we think “clean” we equate it with “foam”, so we look for cleansers that are foamy and sometimes even resort to using plain ole soap which can be very harsh on your skin. After using, your face may feel clean and in fact may very well be clean, but it’s also going to be extra extra dry. During the winter you should be using a creamy, milky, oil-based, or a light foam gel cleanser. These cleanser may take some getting used to as they won’t provide the “soapy like” cleanse you are used to, but trust me it is cleansing and hydrating your skin at the same time and your skin will thank you this winter.
4. You’re not drinking enough water.
It’s bad enough your skin is dry, but dehydrated too?! Not drinking enough water will cause your skin to be dehydrated. That paired with being dry can cause wrinkles, flaking, and scaly looking skin. With that being said, it’s important to understand the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin. When your skin is dry it will feel tight and look ashy and even flaky. When your skin is dehydrated it will feel itchy and will appear to have fine lines and wrinkles; Your skin may also appear oily, as your skin is over-producing oil to compensate for the lack of water. So, your skin can be oily and dehydrated at the same time.
5. The water you’re using to wash your face is too hot.
It’s winter, so I know the last thing you want to do is splash cold water on your face. However, cold water absorbs into your skin better than hot water does. It also facilitates blood flow, which is a great anti-aging trick. Hot water evaporates quickly, so doesn’t give your skin enough time to absorb it. Plus, hot water is, well HOT! You’re face is delicate, so be gentle.
Thanks for reading!