‘Tis the season for chaotic shopping, excessive amounts of egg nog/fruit cake and Mariah Carey’s holiday album on repeat. Yes, it’s a joyous time of year, but not necessarily for your skin. During the colder, winter months, it can be a constant battle to keep your skin from drying, cracking and flaking.
To maintain healthy, hydrated and glowing skin all winter long, I've pulled some tips and tricks from ascarfreeme.com, a new online community dedicated to helping people who suffer from acne scars. Check them out!
• Change Your Wardrobe, Change Your Skin Care Routine—just as your attire and day-to-day activities change with the colder months, so will your skin and its needs. Cold, dry air and winds can cause skin to lose moisture and vital natural oils. Similarly, cranked up heaters can also cause skin to dry out and become tight or itchy. Consult with a dermatologist to develop a personalized winter care plan
• Nourish & Hydrate—integrate nourishing and hydrating products into your skin care regimen, such as richer and creamier body lotion or concentrated lip balm
• Combat Heaters—you can combat heaters and dry winds by switching to milder soaps and detergents that aren’t as harsh on skin, especially when laundering bed linens
• Scale Back on Topical Acne Medications—if your skin is peeling and causing you to scratch your skin, it may be time to scale back on topical acne medications. Uncomfortable peeling and flaking as a result of acne fighting creams and ointments can lead to constant itching and unwanted acne scarring
• Use noncomedogenic products—For acne prone skin, choose a moisturizing gel or lotion that is marked noncomedogenic as these are less likely to cause pore blockages
• Get your sleep!—Beauty rest isn’t just a myth; it’s extremely important for your overall health and essential for healthy skin