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4 Cold Weather Skin Care Tips

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As the temperatures drop and the air becomes drier, your skin care routine needs to change to enhance moisture. A few changes in your skin care routine can help keep your skin radiant as the temperature drops.

Skip Mattifying Products

If you have oily skin, you probably choose foundations and primers with mattifying properties. Although this works well for keeping oil at bay during the warmer months, it may have the opposite effect in cold, dry weather. If you often use both a mattifying primer and foundation, just choose one. Try switching to a foundation with a semi or demi-matte finish. If you have normal to dry skin, consider switching to a foundation with a dewy finish. Cream or thicker liquid foundations can work well for dry skin during the colder months, because they are usually more moisturizing.

Use Steam

If you have oily skin, do not mistake the oiliness for hydration. No matter your skin type, you need to ensure your skin is absorbing moisture instead of the products you use sitting on the surface of your skin. After washing your face and applying your moisturizer of choice, use steam to make sure your skin readily absorbs your face products. A good way to incorporate steam is during your shower. Put on your facial moisturizer before washing the rest of your body. When you are not showering, use a pot of boiling water to give your face a steam bath.

Consider Oils

If you do not experience acne breakouts with the use of non-comedogenic oils, consider adding them to your skin care routine, especially if you have dry skin. The problem with dryness may not be infusing your skin with moisture, but your skin's ability to retain moisture. Oils can act as a barrier between your skin and the drier air, preventing moisture from being pulled out of your skin. Argan oil and shea butter are among several oils and butters that are considered non-comedogenic. Before you apply an oil or butter all over your face, you should test it for a few days on an inconspicuous area.

Cut Down On Astringents

Astringents are popular to help cut down on oils and return pores back to their normal size after they have been dilated with steam or warm water. During the colder months, astringents will likely cause more drying of your skin if you have dry skin. If your skin is oily or combination, astringents may cause your skin to produce more oil. Limit your use of astringents and products containing astringents during the colder months. Check the product labels of some of your favorite products. Witch hazel is a common astringent, but lemon and other citrus fruits also act as an astringent. If you use these products daily, try using them every other day.

No matter your skin type, your skin care regimen should be different as the seasons change. Adding and retaining moisture should be your top priority in the colder months. Click here for more information about skin care.