Ah, wintertime. The snow is beautiful, the indoors are cozy, and your face is falling off. What’s the deal? Well, between the brutally cold wind blowing and the heaters blasting, the skin takes quite a beating. It can get dry, flaky, red, rough, tight, and pissed off if you look at it the wrong way. Yeah, it’s not very happy with you. Here’s how to make amends:
1. Either limit the length of time you spend in a hot shower or lower the temperature. Hot water robs the skin of moisture. Also, washing your face with hot water can cause sensitivity and visible capillaries.
2. Lightly towel dry and while the skin is still slightly damp, apply your body lotion and face products. This will trap water in the skin (a good thing).
3. Don’t wash your face or your body with bar soap! It is way too alkaline and drying. Use for the body (or as they call it here “Body Shampoo”). For the face, combination/oily skin types should use foaming and gel cleansers. For dry/sensitive skin types, milky and creamy cleansers are the way to go. For all skin types that need a makeup/sunscreen remover, oil cleansers are great and Japan has some of the best. These cleansers are water soluble, so just rinse off with water and follow with your regular cleanser if needed.
4. Exfoliate! Every other day, use a gentle scrub to remove dead skin cells. This will allow your moisturizer to absorb into the skin rather than sit on top of it.
5. For ultra dry, flaky, dehydrated, and, good old-fashioned Vaseline works wonders. It helps to soothe and seal moisture into the skin. Apply your favorite lotion or cream and before it absorbs, massage a pea-sized amount of Vaseline into the skin using fingertips. Do this in the evenings before bed and wake up to baby ! (Just be careful to keep your hair off of your face, unless you’re cultivating the dirty hippie look.) Also, if you’re suffering from chapped lips, put a little warm water on them, then seal with a dab of Vaseline. Reapply throughout the day as needed.
There. Now doesn’t that feel better?
A licensed aesthetician for 9 years, Dena has happily helped to reconcile the sometimes strained relationships between the skin and those attached to it.