Good skin care is important, but the winter months can be the harshest on your skin. Winter seems to have jumped right in this year. What happened to our Autumn months?
My skin has already made me aware that the season of summer is gone. Fortunately, I took the jump into my winter skin care regime, passing up my ‘Autumn’ routine. The results are almost instant, seeing a drastic difference within the first 24 hours.
With a skin care routine that meets your exact skin care needs you can be on your way to healthy, radiant skin too.
Determining what your skin care needs will be depends on your skin type. This is not as complicated as some might have you believe. Below are some tips to help you determine what your skin type is and what your skin care needs will be:
YOUR SKIN IS DRY OR SENSITIVE IF IT:
- Stings or burns when skin-care products are used
- Is easily irritated
- Sometimes appears red and inflamed
- Feels itchy, dry, rough and flaky
Skin care for dry skin:
Regular bath soaps clean well, but contain alkaline that is irritating for both dry and sensitive skin. Clear soaps containing glycerin and alcohol may also be too drying.
So, as an alternative of soap, dermatologists suggest a soap-free, sensitive skin cleansers. If your skin is very dry or sensitive, you may need to alternate a washable lotion with a sensitive-skin bar.
After cleansing dry skin, always apply a moisturizer that is:
- water based
For extremely dry skin, moisturize with petroleum jelly or an oil-based lotion with 20 percent urea. After cleansing sensitive skin, apply a moisturizer that is
Persons in this group will benefit from multiple applications each day. Attempting to over moisturize one of two times a day will not bring the desired results. The important point is that the skin stay hydrated throughout the day. Moisturizing in the morning, afternoon and again before retiring for the night should be enough to keep your skin looking great.
There are also natural supplements available that assist relief from dry skin. Vitamins A, E, and B complex are just a few of these supplements.
YOUR SKIN IS NORMAL IF IT:
- Is usually smooth and supple
- Is generally clear/blemish-free
- Appears neither dry nor oily
Skin care for normal skin:
If your skin is neither dry nor oily, you