Are you still following the same skincare routine in November that you followed in May?
Sis…this may or may not change your life, but I think it’s worth a shot to change it up a bit.
With the winter’s cooler temperatures, the air is bit dry. Certain skin conditions like eczema can flare up due to the low humidity. Due to the lack of moisture your skin is receiving from the dry air, it’s best to use products that hydrate your skin. And for those who have oily skin, you’re probably thinking that this may not apply to you. But it does, there’s a difference between hydrated and moisturized skin. For example, I have very oily skin but my skin also gets pretty dehydrated. So during the winter months, I go for moisturizing and hydrating products packed with fruit extracts and essential oils.
With the spring and summer, there comes sweat, humidity and increased exposure to the sun. There is a lot of damage that the sun’s UV rays can do our skin. Funny enough, my skin is dehydrated in the summer too and I use lightweight, gel-based products and lighter oils like almond oil or moringa to provide balance. I also tend to wear less makeup during the months of June- August as my skin is prone to breakouts during those months.
It’s important to understand that you can have dehydrated skin while being oily, combination or normal. Dehydrated skin is also a skin condition in which the skin lacks most of its water content. At the same time, your skin can still produce oil. There are even cases where your skin works to over-produce oil to make up the lack of moisture.
If you’re like me and hydration is problem for you all year round, here’s a list of ingredients that never fail me during the year:
1. Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally hydrating acid found in our bodies used to main our moisture level. It helps if you’re dealing with dullness, uneven texture and sensitivity. It’s also great for all skin types!
2. Honey. Honey is natural humectant so it locks in moisture and contains nutrients that your body can absorb easily. Honey also contains antibacterial properties to help rid the skin of toxins. I personally also use honey to soothe skin irritations.
3. Rose water. Can we first talk about the amazing and refreshing smell? While rose water is known its hydrating nature, it also has healing properties used to combat redness or irritation. I pick mine up from Trader Joe’s. I use it as a mist for my face during the day and also as a toner before I moisturize.
4. Oils oils oils. I am a huge fan of natural oils. Most of the time, It’s my go-to moisturizer. Over the past year, I’ve stayed away from heavy creams and opted for oils. Oils are gentle and nourishing to the skin as it provides additional nutrients to the skin as its maintains its natural oils. Oils like almond and jojoba oil are my favorite because they are non-comedogenic, meaning that it won’t congest your pores.
5. Sunscreen. Now I just hopped on the band-wagon not too long but this is important! Trust me, I completely get it, black doesn’t crack. But I’m telling you, you aren’t helping your skin much by not protecting it from skin damage. And good genes definitely play a role in how youthful you may look 10, 15 years from now but less than half of signs of aging can be attributed to genetics while most is dependent on your personal habits. And if you need more convincing, my fave Jackie Aina swears by sunscreen too! Supergoop has answered my prayers by creating a sunscreen oil. It is by far the best sunscreen I’ve used. It doesn’t leave you with a white cast and it’s lightweight. I started off with a small size for $13 so it’s definitely worth a try!
For the most part, adapting your skin care to the season is a way of paying attention to what your skin needs and wants. What may work from June- August may not work during the months of November – February. There may be a bit of trial and error but it’ll be worth it in the end when your skin is glowing and flourishing!
Comment and share with us some new things you added to your winter skincare routine. We’d love to know 🙂