Weather’s getting colder as we’re in the thick of the holiday season. And it’s all fun and games until you realize it’s that time of year when your skin becomes more prone to dryness.
When air gets cold, it messes with your skin’s natural moisture layers. Your skin absorbs water more quickly—making it look dry and flaky. Hence, your skin will need more hydration than what your usual skincare routine provides. So what should you do?
For starters, you might want to invest in a humidifier. Dermatologists say it can “increase the moisture content in the air to help prevent skin drying out.” Moist air helps replenish the top layer of your skin and keeps the moisture in. Use the humidifier while sleeping for maximum effect.
Now on to the actual routine.
Step 1: Minimize the use of soap
Soaps, especially the perfumed and antibacterial ones, strip off the natural oils from your skin and may likely cause pH imbalance. You can opt for facial cleanser instead to get rid of the dirt trapped in your pores as it is much gentler on your skin.
You can also try Facial Coolers from Dermstrata. Basically, it will infuse your skin with cinnamon essential oil, which is known to help nourish and restore dry, damaged skin. You also won’t have to use soap frequently as this gives your skin extra protection from dirt.
Now if you don’t feel too comfortable ditching soap, just make sure to check the label and see if it has any of the following ingredients: sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, salicylic acid, alpha-hydroxy acids and ammonium lauryl sulfate. Avoid these surfactants as they remove lipids, proteins and NMF components from your skin—causing it to sensitize and eventually dry out.
Step 2: Switch to a thicker moisturizer
Light, breezy moisturizers are only effective when the weather is humid and the natural moisturizing factor of your skin is fully functioning. So on colder days (like these days), you need a moisturizer with a thicker formula to help replenish the barrier that prevents moisture loss.
When choosing one, check if it has one or more of these ingredients for better results: shea butter, mango butter, glycerin, petrolatum and oils that are rich in omega fatty acids like flaxseed, sunflower and olive. These all have emollient properties which fill the cracks in your skin barrier—preventing water loss and sealing in moisture.
It’s always best to consult your dermatologist though, especially if you’re not sure what may or may not work on your skin. Dermclinic has consultation services and you can book an appointment by filling out this form. And who knows, maybe your skin needs more than just a moisturizer.
Step 3: Stay hydrated
As ya gurl Mimiyuuuh always says in her vlogs, “Drink your water, b—!” Your skin contains 64 percent water and you lose most of it daily. So if you don’t restore it by drinking more water, your skin will most likely suffer (among other organs).
Plus, drinking water doesn’t only help relieve dry skin, but also treats a bunch of other skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis. The water helps flush out toxins from your body and improves blood circulation, which will give your skin a healthy glow from within.