It’s really important to take good care of your skin in the winter, especially if it is dry. Dry, itchy skin patches can be bothersome and unsightly, and if left untreated, may even lead to infection. Therefore, it is necessary to hydrate and moisturize the skin as much as possible.
Find the right moisturizer for your skin type. There are two types of skin moisturizers – occlusive and humectant. Occlusive moisturizers act as a waterproof film, that covers your skin and prevents water from leaving it. These are typically made of oil-rich ingredients and may clog the pores, irritate the skin and cause breakouts. Occlusive moisturizers are not appropriate for people with sensitive or oily skin. For everyone else, they are an effective way to prevent water loss. Humectant moisturizers are water-based and contain very few oils. They absorb and retain water from the air and lower layers of your epidermis. Humectant moisturizers prevent dry skin from cracking, by increasing its natural flexibility. If you are looking for a humectant moisturizer, you should check for ingredients such as glycerin, lactic acid, sorbitol and alpha hydroxyl acids.
When you find the moisturizer that works for you, you should know how often to use it. There is no bad time to moisturize, but there are periods of the day that are more beneficial than others. If you use your moisturizer once a day, do that immediately after you get out of the shower. Pat your face down with a towel and apply the moisturizer while your skin is still damp. This will help it retain more water. You can also try to apply the moisturizer at night, before you go to bed. Thus, you will be able to feel the difference in the morning.
Most people assume that natural or organic label means a better product. However, this may not be the case, especially if you have sensitive skin. Natural skin moisturizers often include ingredients with limited shelf-lives and can cause allergic reactions. Many of these products can be rougher on the epidermis that their chemical counterparts, thus worsening your existing problems. Of course, many of the chemically-based skin moisturizers may also not be good for you. Some of the common chemical ingredients are even toxic. If you are looking for all-natural skin moisturizer and have sensitive skin, we would suggest to get one, labeled as gentle. If you have allergies, check the list of ingredients before buying the product. If you want a chemically-based skin moisturizer, you should also be careful with the ingredients. Not all chemicals are bad for you, but you should definitely avoid phenol.
Exposure to sun may also cause your skin to lose its moisture and natural lubricating oils. Consider a skin moisturizer with sunblock in it. Even when the sunlight is dim or obscured, it can still damage the skin. Adding a light sunscreen to your daily moisturizer can have huge, long-term benefits for the health and appearance of your skin.
With dry skin, the dead skin cells build up and can give your skin a flaky, ashen or even scaly appearance. So, it’s a good idea to exfoliate. This will improve your skin’s texture and allow moisturizers direct access to living skin. Also, the moisturizing elements in the exfoliant will have a better effect, when they are not blocked by dead skin cells. Just remember that exfoliation is not something you can do every day.
Everyone’s skin is different, so there is no set of tips, applicable to all people. It is generally recommended to stick to a daily moisturizing regimen, but failing to use moisturizer won’t cause your skin to shrivel up up wrinkles to appear. Figure out what works best for you and disregard everything else.