Winter Skin Care

Skin, especially the skin on your face can be affected by the cold weather of winter. It is important to take special care of your skin during the winter. The best way to care for your skin is by first knowing your skin type and skin tone. These are the components that make up your complexion. A skin care expert can assist you in determining both your skin type and your skin tone.

Skin Tones:

Fair Skin

Fair skin is characterized by not only color but sensitivity to sun exposure. Those with fair skin and more susceptible to the sun and will burn easily, then tan. If you have fair skin it is important to wear sunscreen, even during the winter time. Fair skinned individuals oftentimes suffer from sensitive skin as well so it is important to use products that will not irritate the skin. Some cleansers can be drying and cause redness to fair skin. The best product for fair skin is a moisturizing, gentle cleanser. This is especially important during the winter when the air is dry and cause the skin to become flaky. Moisturizing both morning and night is also important for those with fair skin.

Winter Skin Care

Freckled Skin

Freckled skin is common for those that also have fair skin. During the summer months freckles will appear in abundance due to increased exposure to the sun. During the winter time those with freckles may notice that they fade. Just as with fair skin with no freckles it is important to apply sunscreen throughout the year to lessen the effects of the sun’s rays on your skin. Follow the same skin care routine as those with fair skin and use a gentle cleanser when washing your face. Toners and other products that can strip your skin of moisture are not recommended.

Olive Skin

Those with olive skin have a higher content of melanin in their skin and are less susceptible to burning. Sunscreen is still important year round for those with olive skin tones. Those with olive skin can gently exfoliate their skin without causing irritation. During the winter exfoliation is key to stimulate the skin’s natural moisture. One way that has become an increasingly popular way to exfoliate is by dry brushing your skin. You can purchase a natural bristle brush with a long handle to be able to reach all areas of the body. You simply brush the skin while dry in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Using this method you will notice that your skin is softer and suppler, especially during the winter.

Dark Skin

As with olive skin, dark skin is less susceptible to irritation and can be exfoliated on a regular basis. As for all skin tones it is recommended to use sunscreen, as the sun’s rays can cause damage to any skin tone or type. Hydrating masks, especially during the winter months are also important to help restore and/or keep in the skin’s moisture.

Skin Types:

Dry Skin

Dry skin is marked by facial lines, flakiness, and small to no visible pores. Dry skin is a real threat during the winter months due to the cold weather and wind. During the winter months it is very important to moisturize your skin at least twice daily. Since dry skin is less elastic, using a moisturizer with collagen can help increase some elasticity. To keep your face from becoming overly dry and flaky in the winter, use a moisturizer with sunscreen as well.

Combination Skin

Combination skin is the most common. If you have combination skin some areas of your face with be dry, such as your cheeks, while other areas will be prone to oil. The area most prone to oil is the t-zone. The t-zone consists of your forehead, nose and chin. With combination skin it is still important to moisturize. Ideally with combination skin you will use a light moisture on the t-zone area and a heavier moisturizer on the dry areas of your skin.

Oily Skin

Oily skin is less prone to dryness, but it may still be a good idea to change up your skincare routine during the winter. Forego using a toner or astringent in the winter months and opt for a light moisturizer instead. Unless your face is extremely oily you won’t miss the harsh astringents during the cold months.

Your skincare needs will change with the seasons. During the winter months take extra care to make sure your skin doesn’t dry out. Dry skin can show visible age in the form of lines and wrinkles. Cosmetic Laser Centers can help you assess your skin type and needs. Come see what your skin needs this winter with a consultation from Cosmetic Laser Centers.