When the weather turns cold and blustery, our skin becomes cracked, flaky and irritated.
Today I’m going to address some winter skin problems, share solutions and share key ingredients we should look for in skin care.
Do you have Dry Skin?
You can do a patch test by taking a piece of tissue and pressing it on cleansed skin for a few seconds.
If the tissue comes away clean, you are lacking some necessary oils that protect skin from dehydration.
If your skin starts feeling tight or looks flaky then you need to change up your lotion or moisturizer to a heavier formula.
If your skin becomes shiny a few hours after applying your moisturizer or if you've become more prone to breakouts, then you're most likely using a moisturizer that is too rich for your skin type.
Ingredients to look for
When it comes to buying a moisturizer, there are two things to look for - glycerin and/ or hyaluronic acid and plant oils like Jojoba, rosehip, avocado and hazelnut.
Glycerin pulls water molecules from the environment and holds it close to your skin and Hyaluronic acid can enhance moisture content, and at the same time revitalize skin’s outer layers so they look and feel softer, smoother and hydrated.
Products that have ingredients like plant oils that will help seal in moisture.
Some products that can also help the skin’s hydration levels are a nice creamy cleanser like Derma E Natural Bodycare Hyaluronic Hydrating Cleanser.
It rinses away dirt, makeup, helps to unclog pores and uses Vitamin E to leave skin feeling hydrated and refreshed.
Burts Bees Renewal Cleanser uses a soap free formula to remove dirt, oil and makeup while gently exfoliating.
When you have dry flaky skin that doesn’t seem to get any better, the only way to heal it is to do a combination of gentle exfoliation and moisturizing.
There are two options when it comes to exfoliation: you can use a gentle microbead scrub like Yes to Grapefruit Exfoliating Body Wash or a skin care brush like Vanity Planet “Spin for Perfect Skin” Cleansing Brush.
Both are gentle enough to use on sensitive skin and remove dead skin cells on face and body to promote cellular rejuvenation at the same time.
With dry, irritated skin use an oil-based moisturizer, this will help restore the lipid balance to your skin.
I love using Jojoba Oil as a moisturizer in the winter, try Eden Semilla 100% Pure Jojoba Oil.
Apply immediately after a bath or shower. Lightly pat your skin dry – skin still a bit damp - then apply the moisturizer.
You can easily remove dry skin flakes from your lips by gently buffing them with your own gentle Lip Scrub by combining Honey, Coconut Oil and Sugar together.
Follow that with a generous amount of moisturizing lip balm, preferably one with natural waxes, shea butter and plant oils like my favorite Honey Trap Lip Balm by LUSH Cosmetics.
Cracked skin may be inflamed, itchy and irritated using cortisone cream can help to soothe skin.
Aveeno 1% Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream uses finely ground oats to lock in moisture and retain the soothing effects of the whole oat grain, relieving dry or irritated skin.
If your skin is severely cracked and irritated, you probably will need a prescription cortisone cream to find true relief.
You’ll need to seal the cracks with a thick ointment like Vaseline Pure Petroleum Jelly or Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment.
Apply immediately after bathing, then if the cracks are on your hands or feet, put socks or gloves on to trap in moisture.
Keeping Skin Hydrated
Increased water intake can help hydrate skin - drinking six to eight glasses a day.
Vitamin E is very effective at supporting and repairing your skin from within. Using products with Vitamin E is helpful but you can also take capsules, look for capsules labeled "natural source" -they are about three times more potent than synthetic versions.
Omega-3 fish oils and Gamma linolenic acid (found in evening primrose and black currant oils) also benefit in the treatment of various skin conditions, including dry skin, eczema, inflammation, wounds, and dermatitis.
I hope you find some skincare relief for the winter season :)