Apply a Generous Amount of Moisturizer
As the weather gets cold, it is important to apply extra moisturizer as your skin’s barrier becomes drier during the winter season. Based on your skin type, some may need thicker moisturizers than others. For someone who has oily skin, they may use a light moisturizer, and for someone who has dry skin, may use a thick moisturizer. Serums may also be applied before a moisturizer in order to treat different skin concerns such as hyperpigmentation, acne, melasma, uneven skin tone and texture, as well as sun and age spots.
Retinol is a strong ingredient that must be used cautiously and wisely as it can do damage if not used properly. When using retinol, the skin becomes sensitive, especially with the sun. Due to this, the sun is more prone to getting a sun burn, resulting in skin concerns such as pre-mature ageing, melasma, hyperpigmentation, as well as sun spots. It is best to use retinol during the winter time, as there is not as much sun exposure as there would be in the summer time. When using retinol, it is important to use sunscreen in order to protect the skin from the UVA and UVB rays. Retinol is applied at nigh time and should not be combined with acids such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, or any other type of acid as this is too strong on the skin. Retinol is best applied alone, and at night, and should be washed off when doing a morning skin care routine.
It is best to do laser skin resurfacing treatments during winter time as this leaves the skin sensitive post treatment and must avoid sun exposure until the skin is fully healed. Post treatment, your skin may be red and burning, therefore winter time is best to avoid any heat, as this will irritate the skin. Another treatment that is best to be done during the winter time is laser hair removal. Any laser that is done will cause the skin to be sensitive, resulting in avoiding sun exposure to prevent any burn to the area. If a burn occurs, this will prolong the process, as the treatment cannot be done on an area that is irritated, and therefore the treatment cannot be done. This will only prolong the results and extend the duration of each session.
Use of A Humidifier
During the winter time, the air is drier, causing less moisture in the air. Due to this, the skin will become drier, causing skin concerns such as acne, eczema, etc. A humidifier is a great tool to have during the winter time to help keep the air moist, which is overall beneficial for the skin, as well as other parts such as the hair. A humidifier can be used while you sleep or be on in the house. Humidifiers also come with different fragrances and can be used not only to add moisture to the air but also add scent.