Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Moisturising 101

So this cold weather is a bit much and to my surprise I've realised my usually oily skin is now kinda dry. So this got me thinking as to why and then I remembered reading that you need to change your skincare routine according to the season changes.
When it gets cold the moisture in the air dries up and that can cause skin to feel dry. Anywho here are some few tips on how to cope with the weather and your skin.

  • You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in during the warmer weather.  But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine.  Find an "ointment" moisturizer that's oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. (Hint: Many lotions labeled as "night creams" are oil-based.)
  • Choose your oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for the face. Instead, look for "nonclogging" oils, like avocado oil, primrose oil, or almond oil. Shea oil -- or butter --.
  • You can also look for lotions containing "humectants," a class of substances including glycerine, sorbitol, and alpha-hydroxy acids that attract moisture to your skin.
  • No, sunscreen isn't just for summertime.Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they're exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. 
  • The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it's harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and cracking so keep them well moisterised.
  • Avoid really hot water in the shower and bath as it can cause skin to become tight and dry.
So if your experiencing any dry skin conditions try and change your skincare routine to suit the current weather.

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