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When the winter weather hits, you know you’re in for a season of dry hair and extreme temperatures which can lead to skin issues. Fear not, we have you covered with easy solutions to your biggest winter skincare issues.
Your Skin Won’t Stay Hydrated
Winter sucks all of the moisture out of the air which results in dry and uncomfortably parched skin and sometimes, it feels like no matter what you do, your skin refuses to maintain moisture. If you feel that this is happening to you, it’s time to take a look at how you’re moisturizing your skin. First, while exfoliation may seem like the worst idea in the world, using a gentle exfoliator will actually help your body absorb moisture better, because exfoliating removes built up dry, dead skin. Look for a lotion with lactic acid to add gently exfoliate and add moisture at the same time. Next, you want to take a good look at the ingredient list of your lotions and creams. For skin that won’t remain hydrated, you’ll want a product that features humectants because these lock moisture into your skin. Hyaluronic acid and glycerin are two excellent skincare ingredients when you’re skin seems to dry out quickly. Lastly, when you apply your moisturizer can make a difference in how your skin maintains hydration. After your warm, not hot, shower and apply moisturizer as soon as you get out of the shower, while there is still plenty of moisture in the air. If you have severely dry skin, or you are rushed for time, look for products that allow you to moisturize in your shower.
Your Lips are Dry and the Corners are Cracking
If you’ve ever suffered from the dreaded skin cracking at the corners of your mouth, you know you don’t want to feel that again and knowing how this happens can help you prevent dealing with the problem. “The digestive enzymes in saliva break down the skin,” says David Bank, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Columbia University/Presbyterian Hospital. Bank recommends using a thick ointment to combat your cracked lips and his favorite is Aquaphor. Apply at night before bed and wake up with soothed skin. If you find that using an ointment isn’t enough to solve your problem, there are prescription ointments that may help your dry lips.
You Have Dandruff
You’re wearing your favorite black sweater and in the middle of the day you look down to see dandruff flakes all over it. You might just ignore it assuming that your scalp is drier than normal thanks to the winter weather, but if it continues to occur, it’s most likely dandruff and not a dry scalp. If you’re unsure as to what is really going on on top of your head, Banks has some words of advice. “If your scalp is scaly and itchy, that’s generally dandruff, not dry scalp.” Switching to an anti-dandruff shampoo can help clear up mild dandruff in a few weeks. Head and Shoulders is a classic when it comes to treating dandruff, but if you have colored hair you’ll want to steer clear of this shampoo because it strips color. A color-safe anti-dandruff shampoo to try would be Matrix Biolage Scalpsync anti-dandruff shampoo.
It’s nearly impossible to escape winter without dealing with dry skin, but there are ways to keep your suffering to a minimum. Look for products that contain hydration superstars like hyaluronic acid, ceramides and glycerin to maximize the moisture in your skin. With our helpful solutions, your three biggest winter skin issues are no cause for concern.