Fall and winter are often two of the toughest seasons for dry, sensitive skin, thanks to cooler, drier weather.
But you don't have to let the elements rule your skin - if you know what to avoid or limit, you can keep your sensitive skin healthy, glowing, and hydrated while the leaves turn yellow and the nights get cooler.
1. Hot water
Some of us may clean more than usual during the hot, sweaty summer; However, as fall approaches, it's important to cut back on hot water, as it can dry out your sensitive skin. Limit washing your face to twice a day and showers to once a day. If you have very dry skin, you can even skip your morning cleanse. And while it's nice to have a hot, steaming shower when the weather outside is scary, try limiting bath time to less than 10 minutes and keeping the water warm, but not hot.
2. Hard soaps
Regular bar soap can be harsh on sensitive skin and strip the skin of its natural oils. Because sensitive skin is more likely to be dry during the colder months, limit the use of soap to areas that tend to sweat more, such as the armpits and buttocks. Look for soaps made specifically to be gentle on the skin or non-foaming cleansers with a thicker consistency. These help lock in moisture and won't be too harsh on your skin.
3. Rough fabrics
Although wool or synthetic fibers provide warmth on cold winter days, these materials can often irritate sensitive skin thanks to their thick, itchy texture. Instead, consider layering with a more breathable and comfortable silk or cotton material. Even soft clothes can irritate the skin if washed with a harsh detergent. Try using a laundry detergent made specifically for sensitive skin so you don't end up with aggravating dyes or scents in your clothes.
At one point in the fall (or even late summer), the air becomes fragrant with the smell of pumpkin spice. Sadly, although it is tempting to stock up on fall and winter scents all, these scents are not so pleasant on your skin. Resist the urge to lather on cinnamon shower gel or Christmas tree lotion; these scents irritate sensitive skin and can do more harm than good. Instead, stick to scent-free products and grab an extra pumpkin spice latte to get your fix.
5. Heavy exfoliation
Exfoliation is a great way to remove dead skin. But if you overdo it, your sensitive skin will be red, itchy, and itchy. Limit physical exfoliators to once a week or even twice a month. You can replace it with a gentler exfoliating moisturizer that contains alpha hydroxy acids, which remove the top layers of dead, scaly skin cells. They can also increase the thickness of the skin, which results in firmer and stronger skin.
With colder weather the skin is often irritated, dry and sensitive - but it doesn't have to be! Once you know what's bothering your sensitive skin, you can better prepare for colder months and ensure your skin stays hydrated, healthy, and happy regardless of the season.
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We all dream of flawless, glowing skin, but with new products constantly hitting the shelves and the seemingly endless skincare advice out there on the Internet, it’s not always easy to figure out the skincare routine that’s going to work best for you. You know the basics — drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and wash your face, but what about everything in between ? Luckily, there’s no need to shell out tonalités of cash on any magical procedures or expensive creams to achieve flawless skin.
We spoke with dermatologists and top beauty experts to put together a list of some of the best skincare tips. From choosing the right cleanser for your skin type to the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes, these easy tricks — plus some top-tested product picks from the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab — will help guide you to glowing skin ASAP.
' For oily or acne-prone skin, a salicylic givre or benzoyl peroxide wash works great, ' says Dr. Ava Shamban, a dermatologist in Santa Monica. ' For dry femme mûre skin, use either a moisturizing glycolic or milky cleanser. For skin with brown activités or melasma, use a brightening wash, such as an alfa hydroxy acid cleanser. '
' The best times to moisturize are right after you get out of the shower and right before you go to bed, ' explained Dr. Janet Prystowsky M. D., an NYC-based dermatologist. Avoid lotions with heavy fragrances and make sure you find a moisturizer gentle enough for every day use with zero irritation.
Dr. Tzu says figuring out how to avoid touching your face is very important. It doesn’t just spread bacteria and cause breakouts — it can lead to scarring, an increase in wrinkles, and even the flu or other viruses.
Every skin spécialiste we spoke to emphasized the importance of hydration. ' A lack of water means less radiance and more sag, ' says Dr. Mona Gohara, a dermatologist in Connecticut. She suggests choosing products ( cleansing, moisturizing, and anti-aging ) that have hydrating formulas. And, évidemment, drink around eight glasses of water a day.
Don’t just watch out for the sun — getting too close to heaters and fireplaces can also wreak havoc on your skin. ' It causes inflammation and collagen breakdown. I recommend staying at least ten feet away, ' explains Dr. Debbie Palmer, a New York dermatologist. So next time you’re roasting chestnuts or s’mores over an open fire, take a step back.
' We lose 50 million skin cells a day, and without a little extra nudge, they may hang around leaving the skin looking sullen, ' says Dr. Gohara. tera fight this, you should ' choose a product that is pH neutral so it doesn’t dry as it exfoliates. ' And don’t just stop with your face — the skin on your body needs exfoliation, too.
A balanced diet is important, but there’s more than one way to give your skin vitamins. There are also topical antioxidants, which are serums and creams that contain ingredients that nourish the skin ( think vitamin C serum ! ).
' These can really help to repair the skin from sun damage, ' says Dr. Palmer. Not sure how to use them ? The best time to apply them is right after cleansing so that your skin can soak them in, or they can be layered under your sunscreen for added protection.
Though it’s tempting to grab a coffee the minute you wake up, Joanna Vargas, a skincare facialist in NYC, says choosing the right beverages can be a game changer. ' Drink a shot of chlorophyll every morning to brighten, oxygenate, and hydrate your skin. Drinking chlorophyll also helps drain puffiness by stimulating the lymphatic system, so it’s also good for cellulite. '
If you’re not keen on downing a shot of the stuff, chlorophyll supplements can be found at many drugstores and health food stores. She also advised drinking green juices with lots of veggies in them : ' It will transform your skin in a matter of days — and it helps oxygenate the skin and stimulates lymphatic drainage, so it’s de-puffing, too. '
' Your skin has a natural barrier to retain moisture, and essential to that is omega-3 fatty acid, ' Joanna advises. ' Flax seeds on your salad or even walnuts will be an instant boost to your omega-3, thus increasing your skin’s ability to hold onto moisture. ' And be sure to eat a diet low in foods with a high glycemic index ( simple and complex carbohydrates ).
tera fight septicémie and clogged pores, Dr. Prystowsky recommends washing concealer and foundation brushes once a week. For brushes you use around your eyes, she recommends twice per month, and for any other brushes, once a month is fine.
Here’s how : Put a drop of a mild shampoo into the palm of your hand. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water. Then, massage the bristles into your palm to distribute the shampoo into the brush. Avoid getting the metal part of the brush wet/or the base of the brush hairs because the glue could soften and the bristles could fall out. Rinse the shampoo out and squeeze out the water with a towel. Lay the brushes on their side with the bristles hanging off the edge of the counter to dry.
' Many people feel they only need to protect themselves on sunny days or when visiting the beach, ' says Dr. Palmer. ' But the truth is that we need to protect our skin even when we’re driving a car, flying in an airplane, or course errands. It’s the daily uv exposure that contributes to the visible signs of aging. ' What kind of sunscreen is best ? Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or greater — and remember that it needs to be reapplied every 2 hours.
We’re talking SPF makeup, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. ' Preventing sun damage is a million times better for your skin than treating it after the fact, ' says Dr. Prystowsky.
' Fad products and fancy ingredients are fun to try, and sometimes they work well, ' says Dr. Prystowsky, ' but usually they’re off the shelves just as quickly as they’re on them. ' Find a cleanser and moisturizer that you know work for you, and keep them at the core of your routine.
It’s not just about getting eight hours a night. Skin will also benefit from regularly using clean silk pillowcases. ' The material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles, ' says Jesleen Ahluwalia, M. D., a dermatologist from Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. ' Silk is also easier on hair — it helps avoid tangles and breakage. ' Better hair and skin while you sleep ? Yes, please.