The cold temperature and drop in humidity during winter are known to have effects on different skin types. They can cause many dermatological conditions ranging from dermatitis, rosacea, urticaria, and psoriasis. You may even experience hair loss during the winter, but you can take preventative steps like moisturizing and using hair masks to ensure that your follicles are constantly hydrated. Similarly, you’ll need to make several adjustments in your beauty routine to adapt to the cooler weather as it may dry out and irritate your skin.
Here are the things you can do to cater to your skin type during the cold season:
For Oily Skin
People have oily skin because their glands produce a lot of sebum. This happens because the sebaceous glands believe that the epidermis is lacking moisture, so it tries to overcompensate. During winter, those with oily skin may notice their face produces less sebum, but this isn’t actually the case. The colder air just makes it feel like there is less need to blot the excess oil from your face. Your skin is still producing the same amounts of oil so it is important to try to keep it at a manageable volume.
One way you can do this is to use start using a gentle cleanser twice a day. Many people believe that because their skin produces so much oil, they should use a facewash that completely dries their skin out, but this is the furthest thing from what you should do. Because your sebaceous glands are trying to overcompensate from already existing dryness, a harsh cleanser will just encourage even more sebum production. The cold weather will cause your skin to dry out even more, so it is important to use a face wash that cleanses without taking away the good skin oils.
For Dry Skin
As mentioned earlier, the reduced amount of humidity during the winter seasons will take out more moisture from your skin. This is why it is important to use products that are specially formulated to cater to your needs amidst the colder weather.
Skin care for dry skin heavily revolves around bringing moisture back to your face. Products that contain dimethicone and butylene glycol are great to use because they address the hydration factor as well as even out the texture of your skin. It can help with flakiness and rough patches, leaving your face smoother. It can also aid with dullness, giving you a glowy look. Crisp air can be very challenging for those with dry skin, but an emphasis on moisturization during this season will surely be a great help.
For Combination Skin
As the name suggests, combination skin is a blend of both dry and oily skin. Typically, those with this type experience excessive sebum production in their T-zone (the forehead, nose, and chin), while having drier patches on other parts of the face.
Because it is a mix of the two other types, those with combination skin should have a routine that caters to two different concerns. It is important to use a gentle cleanser so your face does not suffer from too much harshness. You can tell whether your face wash is too strong by how your skin feels after. If it feels tight or irritated, then it is probably time to find a new one. Put a light moisturizer on your T-zone so it doesn’t come off as too oily and put a heavier one to other areas to address the dryness of your skin. Make sure to re-apply them throughout the day to counter the dry weather. This will ensure that your skin is receiving the right amounts of hydration as needed by your skin type.
As the winter season approaches, it is important to change your skin care routine as needed. Different skin types will need different treatments, and these are great ways you can start tweaking your normal routine to adjust to the colder weather.