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If you find your skin suffers during the cold, hard winter months, you are so not alone. In fact, the vast majority of people experience some sort of skin problems when winter hits and these problems can be especially troublesome if you have sensitive skin. Below we have some of the most common sensitive skin problems experienced during the winter and how you can get relief from these issues.
Bumps, Redness and Razor Burn
So you probably aren’t shaving as much during the winter as you do in the summer months, but you probably still pick up your razor now and then. Razors can be highly irritating to all skin types, but particularly to sensitive skin. To avoid bumps and irritation, choose a razor that has a minimum of two or three blades because single-blade razors tend to drag on the skin. Next, be sure you aren’t using a dull blade as dullness increases irritation. Use some sort of shave cream or gel. Look for ingredients like aloe vera or shea butter to help soothe skin as you shave it. Lastly, allowing your skin to become soft can help reduce redness and irritation caused by shaving, so try to do it at the end of your shower or bath for best results.
Dry, Itchy Skin
Dry, itchy skin is one of the most common complaints during the winter and it can be particularly uncomfortable if you have sensitive skin already. There are several things you can do to relieve dry, itchy skin during the winter and you can fight this at nearly every step of your skincare routine. First, be sure you are using warm not hot water. Hot water is definitely relaxing, but it also is very drying to your skin. Next, avoid potential irritants like alcohols or fragrances in all products that you put on your skin. You must be sure to moisturize, but you also need to invest some time in finding the best moisturizer for your skin. During the winter ingredients like hyaluronic acid, lactic acid and oil moisturizers (sweet almond oil, coconut oil or mineral oil to name a few). Apply moisturizer as needed throughout the day to keep skin from feeling painfully dry.
Dry skin often tends to flake, which on the face can make putting makeup on a less than easy experience. Your inclination may be to simply slather on moisturizer, and yes moisturizing is a part of the solution, but you also need to do a little exfoliation. Forget harsh scrubs or facial brushes that are rough on your skin and embrace chemical exfoliants. Lactic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid, is one of the best exfoliators for sensitive skin because it adds moisture as it exfoliates. If you have sensitive but acne-prone skin, you may want to consider low percentages of salicylic, beta-hydroxy acid, for your exfoliant needs. Limit exfoliating to two to three times per week to avoid further irritation.
Sensitive skin is often problematic and the dry air of winter only exacerbates the issues. Taking care of winter skin means using the right products, paying attention to what your skin needs and being consistent with your skin care. If you use our solutions to sensitive skin problems during the winter and you see no improvement, it’s a good idea to contact your family doctor or dermatologist so you can get the treatments you need.