You’re probably well aware that your skin changes with the seasons. And now that winter is officially here, you may have noticed your complexion has become extra dry and flaky. But there’s no reason to sigh in resignation, because you can actually take steps to heal and prevent these unwanted results. Read on to discover the most common beauty mistakes that are drying out your skin, and take steps to avoid them!
1. Washing your face with hot water.
You may be tempted to turn up the heat when you hop in the shower or wash your face, but stop right there. Hot water strips your skin of natural oils and leaves it parched. Rinse with cool or warm water instead to prevent any unsightly flaking.
2. Peeling flaky skin.
If you do experience any shedding, though, resist the urge to peel it off. This can lead to infection and scarring. Alternatively, use an exfoliating product that contains an acid or enzyme with scrubbing beads to get rid of dead skin. Use it no more than once a week to avoid stripping your complexion of essential oils.
3. Using the wrong cleanser.
Avoid any soaps that contain alkaline pH, which can irritate the skin and prevent it from staying hydrated. We recommend Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel to keep your skin smooth and supple.
4. Using the wrong moisturizer.
If you’ve been using the same moisturizer year-round, you’re not doing your skin any favors. Experts recommend choosing a cream over lotion and applying it at least twice a day (morning and night) for extra hydration. According to dermatologist Joshua Zeichner in speaking to Allure, you should look for a product that contains hyaluronic acid or ceramides, “which fill in the cracks between skin cells and help the skin heal itself.” It’s also best to apply it right after you one bathe, as damp skin better absorbs moisture.
5. Not protecting your skin before going outside.
Contrary to popular belief, lathering up before going outside is just as important in winter as it is in summer. That’s because no matter the season, your skin needs an extra barrier against the elements to retain moisture. In colder months, if you step out of the house bare-faced, the wind can cause excessive redness, irritation and dryness. For added protection, apply a moisturizer that contains SPF before you brave the chill.
6. Forgetting about inflammation.
Severely dry skin can cause microscopic cracks that lead to loss of hydration, redness, inflammation and itching. In addition to using a moisturizer, you may want to invest in an over-the-counter cortisone cream to return irritated skin back to normal. However, you’ll want to avoid using the product for more than two weeks, as it thins the skin. If your dry skin still persists, you should consult a dermatologist for possible prescription solutions.
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