4 Tips to Keep Acne Skin Healthy This Winter
When winter brings
cold air, harsh winds and falling snow our way, we're quick to trade in
our summer T-shirts and fall jackets for heavier coats, fluffy scarves
and warm gloves. But did you know you should be changing more than just
the clothes you wear on your body? It's very possible you need to change
the products you use on your body, as well.
If you have
acne-prone skin, winter calls for a different skincare regimen than the
one that got you through the warmer months. Failing to adjust your
skincare routine could result in dry, flaky skin that will only make
Follow these 4
tips to keep your skin healthy this winter, and come this spring you'll
find your skin is as fresh as the blooming flowers.
1. Keep it clean with the right products
cleansers are great for summer but not so great for winter. This is
because in the winter, you need a cleanser that will not contribute to
A good winter
cleanser is one free of soap and other drying ingredients like salicylic
acid and alcohol. A non-pore-clogging, oil-based cleanser will clean
well but not remove too much oil. Try something with natural
skin-cleansing ingredients such as plain milk or yogurt, or something
aloe-based. Aloe not only helps to clean your skin, but moisturizes and
tightens your skin just the right amount as well.
You can even get good results using steel-cut oats.
Just soak 2 tablespoons of natural, steel-cut oats in 2-3 tablespoons
of lukewarm water for 3-5 minutes. Use the milky liquid as you would any
cleanser and the softened oats like a delicate sponge on your face.
Rinse with warm water afterward to get the healthy but messy concoction
off your face.
2. Moisturize properly all season long
Don't be fooled: Tight, dry skin is not healthy skin. It will not
keep you from getting acne. In fact, dry, flaky skin only leads to more
oil, which then mixes with bacteria to produce more acne.
Even if the light
moisturizer you used for those warmer months worked well for you, it may
not be good enough for your skin during cold weather. Try using an
oil-based moisturizer this season, one with noncomedogenic oils such as
almond, avocado, coconut, olive or jojoba oils.
And, as always, be sure to avoid ingredients like cocoa butter, shea oil/butter and oleic acid, which may only clog your pores.
3. Nourish your skin the way it deserves
We all know fruits
are good for us, many of them providing vitamins that help heal our
skin and keep it looking fresh. But did you know using fruit directly on
your skin may be just what it needs, especially during winter?
together an array of ripe fruits--papaya, grapes, strawberries,
mangoes--along with some plain yogurt. Apply this smooth mixture your
face for about twenty minutes, and then rinse it off. You may do this
once a week to keep your skin looking its best all season long.
4. Protect your largest organ from the weather
Sure, wearing a scarf is
helpful for keeping the winter winds off our skin. But there are other
necessary ways to protect your skin, both indoors and outdoors.
When indoors, keep the
temperature between 68 and 70 degrees, meaning stay warm, but don't go
overboard with the heat. Artificial heat can dry out your skin, so
consider using humidifiers to keep the moisture in the air. Or simply
places bowls of water near heating sources to help with this.
When outdoors, you need
your SPF. We know, we know--it's not summer anymore. Maybe the sun isn't
out as often. But the winter sun can be just as damaging as the hot
summer sun, not to mention snow glare is no friend to your skin. Use a
broad-spectrum sunscreen on all exposed body parts (even your hands!),
applying about 30 minutes before going outside. And don't forget to
reapply if you end up staying outside a long time.
With a Promise of Clear Skin,