My skin is very sensitive and usually prone to redness and dryness during the seasonal changes (summer to fall…fall to winter or even spring to summer.. )
if your skin fits the bill, then you probably going to need to step up your skin care regimen
The trick for me is gentle exfoliation and hydration masks.. I said masks and not creams…no matter how tick and hydrating, creams are just too weak for me …
1 – GENTLE mechanical exfoliants :
I said gentle! Your skin is already irritated and peeling, so be gentle…I tend to oscillates between mechanical exfoliants like Foreo or Clarasonic with some gentle mousse and chemical ones
I use the Foreo Luna 2 with the Nutriganics foaming face wash from the body shop . This face wash is so gentle that it doesn’t irritate my skin, but it’s not strong enough to exfoliate the skin , using it along the Foreo is the perfect combo, but be aware of not to use the foreo as instructed for the full 1 minute.. I find it very aggressive… I only use it for 20 to 30 seconds for my whole face… otherwise it will irritate your skin and make you breakout.
2-GENTLE Chemical exfoliants :
The best chemical exfoliant I used up until now has to be the CURE natural aqua gel… it’s a water like texture, leave it on your skin for a minutes before you start gently rubbing off the dead cells from your face until there is no more…it’s a magical and a very satisfying routine…
3 – Facial lotion or essence
This is an Asian trend that I got into last year, and I find it to be a very pleasant experience after washing my face that replaces the regular European toner step.
These are usually nonalcoholic toner like products; they are rich in hyaluronic acid or other components that you can find in high end brand’s serums. I recommend the Rohto Hada Labo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion.
Fun fact : you can actually wet some thin cotton pads with the Hada Labo lotion and use it as a facemask
4- Face masks
You can definitely, make some hydrating DIY face masks. But, honestly I just order mine from Amazon by the bulk. It’s easier and cheaper J
I use the tony molly sheet masks, my favorites are the Aloe Vera, Tea tree and the rice one. With that being said, I do like them all and I take them with me wherever I go, even on airplanes.
For best results, I recommend sleeping in these sheet masks, they are very gentle that they won’t irritate your skin…I recommend you do this everyday when you skin needs it .. but take caution to overwhelm your skin with nutrients otherwise it can have a counterproductive effect …After your skin is feeling better , take it down a notch to 2 or 3 times a week for prevention purposes.
For days when you are not using a sheet mask, I recommend using serums after your facial lotion and before your night cream.
I recommend these two serums from the ordinary and Estée Lauder …
6 – Night Cream or oil
A heavy night cream is a must for winter…the lotion is great for locking instant hydration from the washing ,the serums are full packed with nutriants and the cream will lock in everything and let your skin absorb and repair itself during the night… so don’t skip this important step.. I alternate between the good night cream from Elizabeth Arden and Rétinol 1 TR by Medik8
7 – Biafine topical emulsion
is a water-based emulsion formulated for the dressing and management of superficial wounds, minor abrasions, dermal ulcers, donor sites, 1st and 2nd degree burns, including sunburns, and radiation dermatitis.
Yep! The secret weapon, I once had my face completely fried by the climate changes.. it was red, scally, super dry to the point I couldn’t smile comfortably.. the only thing that helped was Biafine..applied religiously day and night for 2 days.. and my skin was as good as new
Disclaimer: I am not a professional or an expert, I am just sharing my experience from what it works for me with you all
- Try investing in a humidifier for it is the only thing that can counter the drying effect of the heater in the winter
- Try sipping on regular, flavored water or tea at all times of the day
- Don’t forget about your eyes, you can use most face masks, serums on the eye area, but you need to invest in a good eye cream for optimal results
- Use a good UVA sunscreen in winter; the aging rays are always there even when you can’t see them
- If you can, invest in a satin pillow case, for it is much gentler on the hair and the skin than cotton ones
Also, if all fails, please seek a professional’s help.