Ok guys, so once upon a time I thought that my skin type changed in the winter from combination skin to dry skin. Silly, I know. But after working with some pretty legit skin care brands in the past, I’ve learned a thing or two about skin, including the fact that my skin doesn’t become dry in the winter, it becomes dehydrated.
What’s the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin? Dry skin is a skin type that is determined by the amount of oil or sebum naturally occurring in your skin. If you have dry skin, you probably also have dry hair and nails (it’s usually a package deal), and feel your skin get tight immediately after washing. Dehydrated skin is when your skin lacks moisture, most often due to heating, pollution, smoking (ick!), alcohol, dry climates and menopause, just to name a few. Pretty much any skin type can become dehydrated which often results in your skin producing more sebum to compensate. It’s a vicious cycle, but one that can be tamed.
Drink plenty of water. I know you’ve heard this a million times, but it really is important to prevent dehydrated skin. Make sure you’re drinking at least 8 cups of water each day, but also take a moment to consider what you’re drinking that may be causing dehydration (too much coffee or alchol, perhaps?).
Get plenty of sleep. And not just any sleep, quality sleep. I like to keep my bedroom cold at night, which helps me sleep super well and prevents my skin from dehydration. If the air in your home tends to be dry, investing in a humidifier is also a good idea.
Exfoliate regularly. Once or twice a week, give your skin a gentle scrub. You’ll slough away dead skin cells and give your skin a clean slate to absorb your moisturizer. I am in LOVE with this one by Fresh. It’s made with pure brown sugar and skin-loving oils, and leaves my skin so super soft.
Step up your moisturizer. When the cold weather comes around, I switch my regular moisturizer for something a little more hydration, like Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream, which contains zinc and magnesium to help to maintain the level of hydration in my skin without the greasy feeling of most moisturizers.
Give your skin extra attention. There’s nothing like giving your skin a little TLC. I love to treat my skin to a mask at least once a week. In the winter, I opt for super hydrating masks that allow my skin to soak up moisture and get reinvigorated. Lately I’ve been loving sheet masks, here are a few of my favourites.
What are your tips for banishing winter skin?