WINTER SKIN CARE TIPS: The winter months can take a toll on the skin. Skin care expert, Renée Rouleau offers expert advice.
NEVER USE A BAR OF SOAP ON YOUR FACE
The binders that hold a bar of soap together are in an alkaline base (high pH balance) which will strip the water and natural oils out of the skin, causing the surface of the skin to dehydrate. Your skin cells need to stay moist in order to be healthy, and without water, acne conditions, sensitive and dry skins will be aggravated. See our collection of soap-free, sulfate freecleansing gels.
INSTEAD OF OVER-MOISTURIZING, INCREASE YOUR EXFOLIATION
When the heat is on in the house and the air is cold outside, your skin will be depleted of its natural moisture, leaving your skin feeling tight and dry. People tend to load on the extra moisturizer to compensate for the dryness, but this will not always solve the problem of dry skin. If your skin is dry, tight and flakey, it means that you have dry skin cell build-up on the surface of the skin. So rather than loading on cream to re-hydrate dry skin cells, increase your exfoliation to remove dryness. Use Renée Rouleau Mint Buffing Beads 2-3 times a week andAHA Smoothing Serum underneath moisturizer at night.
DON’T NEGLECT YOUR NECK
The friction caused from turtle necks and wool fibers can rub on the neck causing it to be dry and irritated. Use a hydrating cream mask on your neck once a week to replenish essential moisture. Make sure to also use a mild facial scrub in upward motions once a week. Try this 3-step at-home neck treatment!
WEAR A SUNSCREEN IN YOUR MOISTURIZER DAILY, EVEN IN THE WINTER
Studies indicate that 78% of the sun exposure you get in a lifetime is incidental exposure. You may say, ‘I’m not out at all during the day.’ Just walking to your car, even driving in your car will give you unnecessary sun damage. Windshields do nothing to protect you from UV rays! And we know that sun exposure is the #1 cause of aging! A minimum of SPF#15 should be used every day, winter and summer. Try Renée Rouleau Daily Protection SPF 30–a favorite of our clients. Wearing a moisturizer with a sunscreen is the best anti-wrinkle cream you can ever use!
AVOID USING TONER CONTAINING SD ALCOHOL 40
Many people like the ‘clean’ and ‘tight’ feeling associated with using alcohol on the skin, but this ingredient will strip the skin of water, resulting in dryness and dull looking skin. Trying to dry up oily skin can backfire, as stripped cell buildup traps oil and leads to breakouts. Toners without alcohol, on the other hand, are very important for removing the drying chlorines and minerals found in tap water. Make sure to use a toner both morning and night after cleansing.Read: Five Reasons to Use Alcohol-Free Toners
TAKE THE SKIN CREAM TEST
Many creams are based with Mineral Oil or Petrolatum which we feel is too heavy for most skin types resulting in clogged pores and breakouts. To see if your cream is right for your skin, apply it to the entire face and wait five minutes. If after five minutes, you can still feel the cream on your skin, it means that it didn’t all get absorbed and the rest is sitting on the surface of the skin potentially clogging the pores. Your skin acts like a sponge, it takes in what it needs and the rest sits on the top. Lighten up your moisturizer and you’ll find your skin will be healthier. See our list of skin care ingredients to avoid.
ALWAYS WASH YOUR SKIN BEFORE BEDTIME
Touching your face all day long, without intentionally doing so, is making your face one of the dirtiest parts on your body. It’s important for the health of the skin to cleanse at night to redcue acne-causing oil and bacteria. Also, moisturizers evaporate when on the skin all day, so washing and applying moisturizer at night ensures it will stay moist and balanced. Read: How to Wash Your Face
AVOID GREASY HAND CREAMS IF YOU’RE PRONE TO BREAKOUTS
You may suffer from a condition we call ‘hand cream acne’ if you sleep with your hands on your face at night. We are more likely to use hand cream during the dry winter months than during the summer which leads us to using heavy hand cream to alleviate the dryness. Most often this cream is applied right before you go to bed. If you sleep on your side with your hands on your face, the cream may be getting into the skin and clogging the pores. If you find that this may be happening to you, sleep with cotton gloves.
CHANGE UP YOUR ROUTINE
Your skin acts differently from summer to winter and the best strategy for healthy, beautiful, problem-free skin is to adjust your home care routine to suit your skin’s needs each season. In winter, the skin produces less oil, so for many skin types, oil must be added back into the skin to maintain its balance. Look for moisturizers containing Safflower Oil, Avocado Oil and Shea Butter. Switch from a gel cleanser to a cleansing lotion and eye creams are a must in the winter. See our Synergy Eye Cream.
USE A HUMIDIFER DURING THE WINTER MONTHS
During the winter when the air is dry, it looks for moisture wherever it can get it–and that means robbing it from your skin. Keep a humidifier running in your bedroom at night to keep moisture in the air–and in your skin.
Which products are right for your skin? Check out our nine skin types.