Facial Skin Care for the Cold Weather

When the cold months arrive, the temperature drops, the air grows drier and the day windier.

Combat the damage inflicted by the biting chill and harsh environment with these protective measures that will keep your face glowing not raw in the cold.Avoid clay masks, strong peels, and alcohol-based toners or astringents, which strip away moisture and vital oils from skin. Replace them instead with cleansing milks or mild foaming cleansers, alcohol-free toners, and hydrating masks.Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks the sun's UVA and UVB rays about 30 minutes before stepping out.

Depending on how dry or oily your skin is, one to three times a week is all right. Going beyond that can destroy the skin's natural barrier, exacerbating the dryness and itchiness brought about by the chilly air. The best time to exfoliate? Here are three problem areas and what you can do about them.Eyebrows. The cold months can cause the thin skin under your eyebrows flake, itch, and redden. Keep it moisturized with twice daily applications of a gentle, scent-free cream that contains no harsh ingredients like retinol, acids, or vitamin C. If the skin does not improve in a couple of weeks, check with a dermatologist. It may be seborrheic dermatitis, a form of inflammatory skin rash that results from overactive sebaceous glands in the skin.Nose. With the cold season come colds, and blowing and wiping your nose can make the delicate skin of the nostrils red and chafed.

Covering the rims of the nostrils with petroleum jelly before bedtime can help to heal the skin. If this does not provide relief, switch to a hydrocortisone cream for two weeks.Lips. Thin and sensitive, skin on the lips gets easily chapped and dry. Keep it supple and soft by dabbing moisturizing lip balm or lipstick with sunscreen in the daytime and applying beeswax or petroleum jelly at bedtime.

Avoid products with irritating ingredients, such as peppermint and menthol. Other pointers: Avoid too much sun and wind, and don't lick your lips, which can only makes the dryness worse. Don't pick off unwanted dry skin from your lips to avoid scarring and thickening; exfoliate them with a toothbrush.

A common condition that affects many people in the cold season is angular cheilitis, which shows up as scaly, often itchy sores at the corners of the lips. For optimum results, adapt your routine to the season, lavishing more attention to your skin during the bitter cold days. If you have persistent dry skin, itching or flaking, see your dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment.


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