December 2, 2013
Flakiness, splotchy discolorations and uneven skin tones are just a few of the concerns that plague men and women during the cold winter months. As moisture is leeched from the air in response to plummeting temperatures, popular public venues crank up the heat to keep people warm. Unfortunately, these artificial air conditioning methods often exacerbate common skin concerns, such as eczema, rosacea and acne.
Keeping the glow in and the red out
According to Metro, transitioning skincare routines from the humidity of the summer months to the dryness of winter should begin with identifying the problem areas. Everyone has their own unique perspective when it comes to hydration routines. As the only true expert about your skin is you, starting with the basics is essential for developing a new winter routine that will, forevermore, help treat the signs of dryness.
First, get to know the skin you're in. If you feel confident that your summer routine is flawless, ensuring that the winter months don't sap you of that natural glow starts by learning the difference between the symptoms that expose a chronic skin condition. Rosacea, for instance, has the appearance of a bright red flush that typically creeps outward from the center of the face. Left untreated, it can become symptomatic of mild acne, a more permanent redness and, in some cases, the appearance of tiny blood vessels.
Treating redness with moisture
Thankfully, there are several treatments for this skin concern that do not ultimately require a dramatic change in diet or habit. By simply adding another layer to the morning moisturizing routine, men and women alike can gradually diminish the appearance of rosacea. The Elemis Daily Redness Solution, for example, is a lightweight, anti-inflammatory treatment moisturizer that can be used alone or in conjunction with a serum to brighten the complexion and even out the skin tone.
Neglecting to use an active sunscreen - whether physical or chemical - is another cold-weather skincare folly that is easily prevented. Despite the dull light peeking through gray-clad skies, the sun's rays are still in full effect and will cause the same level of damage that is typical of a summer day. It's important to use products that contain an appropriately high SPF for long-term exposure to UVB/UVA rays, which will also help reduce seasonal dryness.
Before your skin takes a turn for the worst, learn where you fall on the dryness continuum and seek out products that can be added to - or used in place of - your daily skincare routine.