The Experts Help You Face the Elements
With the onslaught of winter come new challenges for maintaining healthy and vital-looking skin. Low temperature and humidity, indoor heating, dry recycled air and outdoor exposure can make skin lose its moist, healthy glow. L’Oreal Consulting Dermatologist offers these tips to help keep dry winter skin at bay and looking its vest.
* If you have dry skin, consider changing your moisturizer to one that heightens moisturization – especially women who participate in winter sports or spend time with children outdoors. Skin really takes a beating from wind and cold and needs extra protection — for example, L’Oreal Plenitude Active Daily Moisturizer Lotion with SPF 15.
* For those with oily skin, I don’t recommend mush of a change in regimen, unless you’re being exposed to harsh outdoor elements. Stay with a light moisturizer, preferably one with a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) such as Oil Free lotions (with or without SPF 15), whose gentle exfoliating properties lift away dull skin for a more radiant complexion even when skin is irritated by environmental factors. However, do not exfoliate with scrubs or masks as frequently as in warmer months.
* As the area around the eyes can become dryer too, make sure they are receiving optimal moisturization. Otherwise it will look dry and skin will start to peel which will give you a rather unhealthy look. Moisturizing around the eyes and especially under is very important in dry season.
* If using a treatment product with Retinol such as L’Oreal Line Eraser, be sure to use the formula with SPF 15 during the day. Skin can become more sensitive when Retinol is used, and UV rays are still evident in winter, especially when reflected from snow in winter.
* Factor in individual skin type and geographic location when adapting your skincare regimen for winter. If your skin is dry, you’ll be more prone to suffering the effects of harsh weather, especially if you live in colder climates.