It comes as no surprise to anyone that winter weather can leave your skin dry and sensitive, and causing the number of skin conditions to significantly increase during the winter months. Now, we do not have such issues in the Singapore heat, but we do love to travel, and we do love travelling to colder climates since we are unable to enjoy such climate in sunny Singapore. Plus, can you imagine building a snowman in Singapore’s heat? So how do you prevent dry and sensitive skin while enjoying the cold at the same time? Here are six easy tips for you to achieve flawless and glowing skin despite the drying cold.
Remember To Exfoliate Regularly
In a day, we shed about 10 billion dead skin cells. If you do not exfoliate, can you imagine the amount of dead skin build-up there is on your skin over a long period of time? Eeeks. Regular exfoliation is the key to achieving radiant skin as it removes the dead skin cells that dull your complexion. Exfoliating regularly also allows new, fresh and healthy skin cells to reach your skin surface. While regular exfoliation is important, the frequency of exfoliating depends on your skin type. For dry and sensitive skin type users, you are recommended to exfoliate no more than once a week. You will not wish to agitate your sensitive skin for over-exfoliating may cause inflamed skin. For normal, combination and oily skin type users, you can exfoliate up to two to three times a week. Exfoliating too frequently will cause your skin to be dry, and this will send the wrong signal to your sebum production as your body thinks it is not producing enough natural oils.
Know Which Cleansers To Use During Winter
Using creamy cleansers in winter will avoid further dehydration. The same goes for body washes as well for soap-based cleansers and body washes tend to dry out your skin, more so in winter where hydrating your skin is a challenge. Also avoid using perfumed soaps and any types of products with these alcohols in it: SD, denatured and isopropyl as they can irritate sensitive skin. There is ‘good’ alcohol that you can use though, these ‘good’ alcohol are also known as ‘fatty’ alcohols as they are typically derived from natural fats and oils and rich in skin-healthy fatty acids. They include Steryl and Cetearyl which are beneficial as they help to moisturise your skin due to its natural fatty acid content.
Never Skip Moisturising
Moisturisers are actually the least effective when you apply to dry skin. The best way to make that bottle of moisturiser works is when you apply it to your damp skin as damp skin can absorb the moisture and keep it locked in for a longer time. After showering or after post-cleaning, pat the moisturiser into your skin using tapping and circular motions. This will also help with your circulation. For soothing and hydrating moisturisers, look for ingredients aloe vera and vitamin E. If you have sensitive skin, avoid using fragrance moisturiser so that your skin will not be irritated.
Different Skin Care Products For Different Skin Type
There is no one-size-fits-all product for all skin types. Everyone has their own skin type, and you should be selecting and using products that are tailored to your skin type. The cold wind during winter will dry out your skin so choosing an oil-based moisturiser creates a protective layer for your skin and offer some form of respite from the elements. Such oil-based moisturiser works well for dry and sensitive skin type users. However, if you have oily skin, you are better off abstaining from an oil-based moisturiser. The dry winter wind may exacerbate your oil production and if you treat your skin with an oil-based moisturiser, there is the risk of the moisturiser clogging your pores, and this can lead to acne breakouts.
You Should Still Shave During Winter
For those who had to regularly shave, the winter period is a welcome period where you can take a break from the chore since you have to be covered up in thermals all day long. Did you know that shaving the skin is actually beneficial for you? Apart from removing the unwanted hair, of course, shaving gently exfoliates the skin which means dead skin cells are being removed. This gives moisturisers the chance to penetrate deeper into the skin and hydrates the skin better.
Eat And Sleep Well For Your Skin Health
Eating healthy can help us to feel good, look good and maintain a healthy weight. Eating skin-boosting foods that are chock-full of vitamins, anti-ageing antioxidants and minerals will work wonders for your skin, for you are what you eat. At the same time, achieving the optimal eight hours of sleep will also enable your skin cells to repair and regenerate, allowing your skin to be in tip-top condition.