by Eden Univer
Courtesy of Kyle Ericksen
It's just about that time of year when scaly skin overtakes extra shine as the number-one complexion concern. And since there's no National Switch-up Your Skincare Routine Day, it's super easy to get caught off guard. (Besides which, what are you even supposed to do differently, anyway?!) Thankfully top dermatologist and Oxy spokesperson Erin M. Welch, M.D., is here to spell it out for us. Follow this simple advice and your gorgeous, perfect, hydrated skin will be thanking you all season long.
Seriously, what's with the sudden dryness? "Cold air holds moisture, so the relative humidity drops in winter, making us all feel more dry. We also lose water through our skin by evaporation into the dry air, a process you can slow down with moisturizers."
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Lotion up liberally.
"You can apply moisturizer in the morning and at night, but make sure your AM formulation contains SPF. It's also especially helpful to use it right after a shower. Pat your skin dry, then apply the moisturizer to seal some of that water into your skin while it's still nicely hydrated."
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Limit your soak session.
"Hot baths feel great in the cold weather (and temporarily relieve itching from dry skin) but soaking in the steamy water actually makes the skin feel drier afterwards. You should apply a creamy lotion as soon as you get out."
Go for a creamier formulation.
"I recommend my patients switch to thick, rich creams or body butters from their usual lotion for wintertime. A thicker moisturizer does a better job of sealing water in the skin during dry weather."
If you tend to breakout, be careful about which acne treatments you're using.
"For those with acne-prone skin, regardless of whether or not you're using a moisturizer, acne-fighting ingredients can often dry out the skin on top of the dehydration you might experience with the change in climate, so try to use products that are less harsh. I often tell my patients to make the change to sensitive products in the winter to minimize irritation. Oxy's new Maximum Action Sensitive Advanced Face Wash has a lower concentration of acne medicine to specifically combat that issue."
Even if you're greasy and acne-prone you can (and should) still moisturize.
"There are richer moisturizers which are still non-comedogenic (proven not to plug the pores) and non-oily. I have also had patients with combination skin try hydrating gels, which can be put on dry areas during the day."
To recap: Properly hydrating in chilly weather is important for every skin type, so don't skimp on the cream, lotion, or gel you choose to slather on. It's smooth sailing from there!
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by Eden Univer