The winter months can affect our skin in many ways. Cold, wind, direct heat from fireplaces and furnaces, and dry air can leave your skin itchy, red, and irritated. Individuals affected by a pre-existing skin condition, such as rosacea, can experience a heightened level of flare-ups at this time of year due to unfavourable weather conditions.
During winter, the skin may appear dull, lifeless, dry and flaky with increased redness. Fine lines become more visible and skin tone may appear uneven. It is imperative to adjust your skincare products to adapt to changing weather conditions and maintain healthy skin. There are some easy ways to combat these effects, to winter-proof your skin and help retain the skin's natural moisture and comfort.
1. Continue to exfoliate regularly
The number 1 rule of basic skin care is to exfoliate. Since our skin is drier and more dehydrated during winter, we tend to skip this important step. The body naturally forces dead skin cells to the surface of the skin, which can build up with time. If it is not eliminated, this buildup of dead cells can impair the absorption of treating products and the skin can appear dull and dry. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and impurities that accumulate on the skin’s surface, revealing smoother and more radiant skin. Moisturizers and oils are absorbed more efficiently when applied immediately after exfoliation.