We all know that summer sun can take a toll on our skin but so can the harsh, drying colder months. There’s a lot we can and should do to protect our skin from the elements but the most effective regimen is one that corresponds to the particular skin type we have. We spoke with New York-based dermatologist, Dr. Debra Jaliman, to get her winter skin suggestions based on oily, dry, normal and combination complexions. Cold temperatures, wind and even dry, indoor heat can all pull moisture out of our skin. Dr. Jaliman underscores the importance of moisturizer (for our entire body, by the way, not just for our face). So we don’t get stingy with the goods, she says, she always recommends an expensive option. But that’s were the universal advice ends. Check out Dr. Jailman’s winter skin protection plan based on different skin types.
Pick the right cleanser
Dr. Jaliman recommends not only washing your make up off at the end of the day but also stresses the importance of washing your face in the morning to get rid of the oils from sleeping. The key is the get the right cleanser for your skin type. Those with oily skin should use an exfoliating cleanser. Those with dry skin should go with a cleanser that’s more moisturizing and those with combination skin should choose a mild option.
Exfoliate the appropriate amount
Everybody should exfoliate to rid the skin of dead cells. There are two ways to get the job done, either with mechanical exfoliants like scrubs with grains or chemical exfoliants like salicylic or glycolic. If you have dry or combination skin, once a week is enough. If you have oily skin, you can exfoliate twice a week.
Find the right ‘weight’ moisturizer
The thickness of the moisturizer is what you have to pay attention to. For oily skin, go with a light gel or lotion. Those with dry skin will want a much thicker, super-hydrating cream. If you have combination skin you might not need to moisturize your t-zone but you should hydrate along the periphery.
Consider a toner
Since toners can be drying, skip this step if you have dry skin to begin with. Toners are an option for normal skin types and a great idea for oily skin types, too. Combination folks should only use toners on the t-zone.
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