It’s that time of year where the air is dry and a lot of people are having problems with their skin. The cold, harsh weather can really play a number on your skin.
With each season, your skin changes. And as your skin changes, it’s a really good idea to change your skin care routine. The products you use in the summer should differ slightly from the ones used in the winter. However, with that said, it is really important not to use the wrong skin care products. You’re better off to use the same products year round than to change your products and use the wrong ones for your skin.
I often hear from clients with oily skin that during the cold winter months their skin flakes which they often assume is caused from dry skin. So, in order to improve the dryness, they go out and buy products for dry skin and then find after using these products that they have more problems with their skin.
If you who experience this problem where you have oily skin and get break outs but you find your skin is dry over top of those oily areas, it’s not dry. It’s probably dehydrated.
What’s the difference? Dry skin is a skin type. Dry skin is a lack of oils. Dehydrated skin is a skin condition. Dehydrated skin is a lack of moisture.
So, if your skin is oily, it can’t be dry because that means that there is no oil there. But if you are experiencing break-outs, then there is definitely oil there. Dry flakes over top of oil prone areas on your skin is dehydrated, not dry. Dry skin is the opposite of oily skin. This means that if you are using products for dry skin on your oily skin, you’re going to cause problems with your skin. You need to treat your skin with oil fighting products to prevent break-outs but you also have to treat your skin for dehydration rather than dryness. You can treat dehydration in the a number of ways but the best way to treat any skin problem or condition is from the inside out. Drink plenty of water. If you normally drink water throughout the day but are still experiencing dehydrated skin, increase your water intake by 3 glasses of water per day. Especially during the winter. Many people don’t drink as much water during the winter because let’s face it, when you’re cold, who really wants a cold drink?
Another way to help dehydrated skin is to use a moisturizer twice a day. Moisturizers and creams help create a barrier on the surface of your skin to lock moisture in. This will also protect your skin from harmful elements such as pollution, etc.
Also, the more hydrated your skin is, the better makeup will look on your skin. When choosing makeup products, choose them like you do your skin care products and make sure they are good for your particular skin type.
So, the next time you notice some flaking on your skin or feel a little tightness, make sure to detect whether it really is dry skin or if it’s just dehydrated. In order to have good skin throughout your life, it’s essential to use the proper products for your unique skin! If you’re unsure what skin type you have, you can always visit your local spa and have an aesthetician take a look at your skin, or yoou can also seek the advice of your professional makeup artist!