Lessons for Ladies with Dry and Sensitive Skin

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Dry and sensitive skin can be a challenge to deal with, often requiring quite a high level of care in order for a healthy complexion to be maintained. For those of you who have been battling with dry and sensitive skin for a while now, these are the lessons that you need to learn.

Add in a Second Layer of Moisturizer
If you have long since been fighting dry and sensitive skin, then you are likely already aware of the importance of a moisturizer. In order for your skin to receive maximum benefits from this, your moisturizer should be applied to damp skin, so that it can trap in all of the excess moisture that is sitting on the surface of your skin. Then, give your skin a few minutes to dry, before applying another coat of moisturizer, as this provides your skin with a double layer of protection. While it is absolutely fine to use the same moisturizer both times, you should ensure that the moisturizer you are using contains humectants, such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin, as these help to bind water to the skin.

Heat and Humidity at Home
Indoor heat is extremely drying, so whether you use a fireplace or central heating to warm up your home, be sure to keep yourself well away from the actual source of heat. The same can be said for air conditioning units, which can really dry out the skin quickly. Since it is often difficult, and uncomfortable, to not use heating or air conditioning, the best way to combat the dry air within your home is by investing in a humidifier, as this will add moisture back into the air.

Special Care at Night
Studies have shown that the body loses more water from the skin during the night, while a person is asleep, than during the day, which is why it is important to provide your skin with an extra level of care before going to bed. This means not only using a night cream, but also introducing a gentle toner and a hydrating serum into your routine. In order to add some extra moisture onto your skin before applying your night cream, give it a spritz or two of rose water, as this brings with it a range of benefits, but is gentle enough to not cause any irritation.

Take it Slow After a Reaction
When your skin has reacted to a product or ingredient, it is important to give it some time to calm down, preferably a week. After tis, you can then reintroduce your products one at a time, making sure that you patch test them on your inner forearm before applying them to your face or body. If your skin turns red with a particular product, then you have found the culprit, and can either cut this product out of your skin care routine, or, better still, try to discover exactly which ingredients in the product may be exacerbating your sensitivity.

After carrying out all of these changes, you should begin to notice improvements in your skin quite quickly. However, if you are still not getting any relief, or your dryness and sensitivity is worsening, it may be time to visit a dermatologist, as this could be a sign of a skin condition that requires professional treatment.

How Menopause Affects Your Skin

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Menopause drastically affects the body. It makes sense given it entirely changes the balance of hormones in one’s body. Hormones are incredibly important when it comes to determining how your skin looks, feels, and how well it can take care of itself. Affecting these levels changes a lot. That’s why we end up seeing so many changes during menopause. These are important to understand if you want to have a hope of countering them and helping your skin age gracefully. We’re going to touch on the major ways that skin changes during and after menopause so that you can plan accordingly. There will also be suggestions on how best to counteract the specific changes that happen to the skin. Don’t expect them to permanently fix things as there is very little that can stop of the skin changes after menopause apart from hormone therapy. However, our few tips will at least keep the worst effects at bay and let changes happen more gradually than they would otherwise.

Pore Health
The ability to keep your pores healthy and relatively indistinguishable becomes a bit harder thanks to menopause. Estrogen is incredibly important to the skin and actually helps to keep your pores constricted. This makes them visually smaller as it is harder for things to get caught in them and also minimizes the amount of natural oils that your skin is able to secrete. Menopause means these benefits are going away as testosterone levels rise. Skin gets a little bit rougher looking overall and you may have issues with oily patches on your skin. Both of these end up making the chance of experiencing various shorter term skin conditions a little more likely. The circumstances that allow them to happen will simply be more readily able to happen. Good skincare can help offset this though. Remember that oil control and regularly cleansing your face are important for countering these problems.

Thinning Skin
This change is at once easy yet hard to see thanks to how it changes your skin. You’ll generally notice the visual changes this brings more than the actual thinning itself first. Veins become more visible, under eye bags will get darker, and anywhere that blood might potentially be visible under the skin just gets that much easier to see. That’s part of why we bruise easier when we’re older. It is partly because it is simply easier to see the full extent of the damage beneath the outer layers of skin. The only way to really counter this thinning is to help boost collagen production in your skin. Skin nourishing and anti-aging products are ideal for this. We recommend topical vitamin C in particular as a good way to give collagen production a boost. This won’t fully counter the effects of menopause, but it will help minimize the problem. A good full body massage now and again will also help.

Drying Out
Interestingly enough, you can have issues with oily patches at the same time that your skin as a whole becomes more susceptible to drying out. This is because the layers of collagen that help to keep your skin thick and firm also act as a moisture seal for your skin. Your skin will simply get drier the more collagen you lose. This in turn makes the skin even more easy to damage as dry skin is inherently more sensitive. There’s no real escaping this problem beyond remembering to regularly moisturize. You’ll want to target your face, your hands, and anything else regularly exposed with moisturizing each day to keep them happy and healthy. This will help to prevent damage from dry skin aggravating things and making them worse. Additionally, properly moisturizing your skin will help it to be more resistant to damage and retain a little more of a healthy plumpness to it despite the loss of collagen.

Menopause may cause plenty of changes in your skin, but you can work against these changes. Making the effort will help minimize the worst of the effects, but the permanent changes to your hormone levels are going to change your skin unless you alter those changes. This isn’t always the best approach and is something to discuss honestly with your doctor and accept if it isn’t a good fit for treatment. Good skincare will still help us look like the best you each year even if we have to accept the changes that each year brings.

Tips for Keeping Your Hands From Your Face

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Practicing good skincare is as much about product choice as it is making good habits. These habits tend to vary depending on the person involved though. People with oily skin need to learn to be aware and occasionally do what they can to minimize the oil throughout the day. Those of us with dry skin, by contrast, need to figure out how many times a day is ideal for touching up our skin with a little moisturizer. These habits are broadly defined by our skin types, but there are a few universal habits that we can all cultivate. One of the most important ones is figuring out how to keep our hands away from our face. We rest our face on them, reach up and touch our face, and brush against it constantly without even thinking. It isn’t the best habit when we’re trying to do all we can to keep our skin healthy. We can transfer bacteria and grime to our skin each time we touch it. That’s why we recommend you consider trying some of the following tips to help you keep your hands away from your face.

Keep Your Hands Busy
Keeping your hands away from your face is a lot easier if you’re keeping them busy. This shouldn’t that much of an issue for those of us who have things to do each day. We can stay on task with works, read, do puzzles, or plenty of other activities that require the use of our hands. The key feature here is that the bulk of our attention is focused on using our hands for something else. Letting them lie idle is how we can end up unconsciously touching our face with them. Consider that fact when you’re about to run out of something to do. You can instead opt to cook or bake something for use later instead. Mixing a salad bowl for later that you can eat from during a meal or few is a good option. It goes hand in hand with the life goal of eating healthier. Additionally, meal prep in general is a good option if you enjoy eating more complex dinners. Your one goal is simply making sure that you keep your hands busy.

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Minimize Encouragement
There are a lot of reasons we end up accidentally touching our face. Many of them have to deal with various kind of irritations drawing our hands upward. You can help offset this problem by giving yourself the tools to interrupt or prevent some of these situations. For instance, you can get a lot out of the simple trick of leaving tissue boxes around where you typically are to ensure you have a means to avoid touching your face when your nose itches. We also recommend taking steps to keep your hair out of your face. This isn’t terribly necessary if you’re having a day of relatively little physical activity, but anytime you need to be up and exerting yourself you’ll likely want to keep your hair tamed. It will minimize the ability of your hair to brush against your face and trigger itching or a desire to move it out of your face. Think about other things that lead to you touching your face as well. You can create tactics to minimize this problem.

Stay On Task
While it is important not to obsess over breaking this kind of habit, you need to stay alert to the problem. A good tactic is to put little reminders to yourself in areas you’re likely to see them. The message doesn’t need to be complex. “Don’t Touch Your Face” is typically about as complex as the note needs to be to get the job done. Place these at a few key places where you’re likely to be idle for a while. Bathroom mirrors, computers monitors, and similar locations are all good options to consider. We recommend enlisting a partner or someone close to you to help keep your on task as well. Explain the habit you’re trying to break and they can simply speak up when they notice you doing it. When combined with leaving notes for yourself, this should help you prevent yourself from touching your face, at least for very long, in most situations whether you’re at home or out and about.

Touching one’ face isn’t the end of the world. You can minimize problems by keeping your nails properly trimmed and cared for while keeping your hands clean. Most of us would prefer to remove a habit with the potential to hurt our skin though. With that in mind, it will take time to break the habit of unconsciously touching your face, but it can be done with a little persistence.

Revive Your Dull, Parched Skin

Putting life back into dull, parched skin is a common concern in skincare circles. It just seems like our skin doesn’t always know what is best for it and begin to rebel in one way or another. Maintaining good skin health is important though. That’s how we look our best and help our body to defy some of the more visible signs of aging. Reviving dull, parched skin isn’t the hardest skincare task in the world, but it does require focused attention on the problem. After all, skin doesn’t get that way without us missing out of some clear skincare emergency cues. Not everyone knows the appropriate way to help their skin once it gets in this state. That’s where we come in. We have a few tips that should help you do exactly what you need to do to help get your skin back to its normal, healthy self. These will still require a bit of time to properly work, but they will do the job in most circumstances.

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Clean That Skin
Dullness can happen for any number of reasons. It is a common symptom of several forms of neglect towards the skin. This symptom is especially common when it comes to dry skin though. We know the best ways to begin treatment of dull skin specifically because the issue is so common. You need to start with dedicating yourself to properly cleaning your skin. This is to help minimize the interference that your products encounter when you start applying them as much as it is about removing the extra layers of dead skin contributing to the dullness. Rinsing and cleansing are fairly basic skincare concepts that we don’t really need to cover again. However, you want to find a gentle chemical exfoliating product for this step. These will help to properly minimize any problems you might experience from the excess dried skin without further contributing to the problem. Don’t forget to massage the product in using tight, overlapping circles. This will massage your face and thereby stimulate blood flow to further reduce potential dullness.

Moisturize
Yes, this is the most obvious step to take when dealing with parched skin. That is exactly why we need to emphasize it. Frequently the problem that leads to a situation with dull, parched skin isn’t a form of neglect caused by simply not caring about your skin. Instead it tends to come from a situation where we haven’t been watching what products are doing to our skin and in turn a problem slowly started to build up. Moisturizing effectively is frequently the key in a skincare routine because some of our products dry out our skin regularly. You can easily evaluate how your skin feels after your normal moisturizer and swap to a heavier one if need be. In fact, we encourage this. The signs of dryness that you’re looking for are a tight feeling to the skin. It typically feels a little taut from even simple movements. Additionally, the dullness we’ve highlighted can begin to become a problem as well alongside redness. These basic signs are all you really need to be able to tell you might want to switch an even more hydrating moisturizer for the sake of your skin.

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Sleep
Sleep has a surprising level of importance when it comes to helping to revive your skin. That’s because of the crucial roles that sleep plays in your body’s overall health. It is the one period during each day that your body knows that you mostly won’t be moving at all. You’ll be using far less energy and won’t be inflicting new damage on your body as a result. That’s the perfect time for repairs. Your skin focuses most of its energy in getting things done during this window. That makes it one of the favorite times for your skin’s natural shedding to occur. All those unwanted dead skin cells start to flake off to make room for newer and healthier ones to continue their job. This is important as it refreshes the skin at a cellular level over time. Not getting enough sleep simply encourages buildup that ends up causing various skincare issues. Sleep is particularly good for helping solve dullness, but getting enough time to heal daily can also end up meaning your skin has a better ability to retain moisture as well.

Taking good care of your skin isn’t a few days of the week commitment. It means giving your skin your full attention at least once every day to prepare it properly to face the new day. You can do it fairly easily when you have a good routine, but you need to do your best to minimize any problems that come up. That’s the only way to avoid problems with dull, parched skin. Taking that time for good care will keep your skin looking healthy and beautiful for a long time.

How Your Attitude Reflects On Your Skin

How you look says a lot about you. Yes, many of us do our best to construct a look that conveys who we are to the people around us, but there is a baseline that we begin at. This is where we can see how who we are has affected our skin. Lots of little things alter this ranging from the products we use, the habits we cultivate, and even our general attitude towards life. Life writes these messages of who we are into our skin. It gives people a quickly processed shorthand to go off of when we first meet someone. What is your skin saying about you though? Lots of factors control your appearance, but you might be surprised to learn that attitude is among the most prominent. It reflects underlying mental states that can be helping or hurting your skin regularly. It may seem outlandish, but you’ll have a clearer understanding of how this works by the time we’re done.

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The Lasting Effects of Stress
It is important to highlight that stress in its many forms tends to affect our appearance the deepest. This is true regardless of the form that it takes. Think about how you felt the last time you were stressed. Those constant levels of irritation and frustration aren’t any fun. Your body is constantly producing stress hormones that in turn damage your skin and various other organs of your body in small, but dramatic ways that degrade their effectiveness. This alone tends to lead to duller and more easily damage skin. Stress tends to contribute further to things though. We’re anger and frustration tend to mean we’re furrowing brows, frowning deeply, and otherwise showing fairly pronounced expressions on our faces that bunch up and wrinkle our skin. When our skin isn’t doing as well this makes the effects of such expressions all the more pronounced. Failing to maintain good stress management will gradually hurt you in almost all respects if you’re not being careful and not to mention that a grouchy attitude will make fewer people want to deal with you.

Depression and Skin
The next worst offender when it comes to attitude or mood affecting your skin is depression. This one is a lot harder to solve than stress though. You can manage stress without necessarily needing help, but much of the time depression means needing to see a professional for help. It isn’t just being sad. Depression is a sense of existential loss and failure that makes it hard to do anything. All of that does nothing to help your mind and certainly doesn’t help your body. It inclines you to do less overall. You end up taking less care of yourself and isolate yourself increasingly from the world in many cases. Some kinds of depression allow people to maintain the appearance of functionality while in private they’re falling apart. Skin ends up looking unhealthy under the effects of depression because your whole body becomes sluggish. Skin tone becomes worse, the skin dulls, and overall becomes easier to damage as your body just can’t muster the effort to care for itself.

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A Sunny Disposition
Overall, the takeaway from how mood affects your skin should generally be that you want to maintain a relatively balanced life where you adequately manage stress and other issues. A positive disposition paired with a willingness to laugh does actually help your overall health. It is pretty good for your skin as well as it means you’re healthy enough to do what you need to do to maintain your health. We do need to note that all the smiling you’ll be doing will affect your skin as well. Laughter lines and similar wrinkles tend to specifically form due to folding in the areas where the appropriate expressions are made. These are actually among the most reliably forming wrinkles beyond those around the eyes. The good news is that they say nothing other than you’ve lead a decent life and are likely to be good company. That’s something worthwhile to leave showing, isn’t it?

We carry our histories and our attitudes around with us visible for all to see if people know what to look for when they see us. The subtle hints at an ill-temper or lingering depression show even if others aren’t truly conscious of them. That’s how people just seem to know to ask how you are sometimes. A positive outlook on life will have its share of effects too. In the end, all we can do is accept that our moods, much like our diet, affect how we appear and make the most of it.

Make Sure Your Products Match Your Skin Type

Dedicating yourself to proper skincare involves learning a lot. Obviously we all learn a few basics as we’re growing up, but the actual details tend to elude us until we make a concentrated effort. You then learn that there’s plenty that needs to be done simply to ensure that you’re using the right products. We put in this effort because using the wrong products doesn’t do our skin nearly as much good and can even cause skin issues. One of the major factors that goes into determining how well a product will fit you is if it is meant for your skin type. Those of us with average skin tend to have a bit of flexibility in this regard, but that isn’t the case when it comes to those of us with more extreme skin types. If you’re unsure on how to properly match your products to your skin type, we’ve got a quick guide to give you an idea on the best approach to take.

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Dry Skin

This skin type tends to be among the most finicky. It makes sense given it is one of the extremes, but dry skin also frequently matches up directly with sensitive skin as well. This makes appropriate management of the skin particularly important. You’re generally going to want to make sure to avoid any product that tends to leave the skin dehydrated. That means favoring scrubs or powders for exfoliating to avoid chemical exfoliants that can dry the skin. You’ll also want to ensure that you’re using the thickest moisturizers available. That means using creams rather than anything lighter. Oil-based creams can be particularly effective in this regard. Face oils can also be an effective product choice when it comes to cleansing your skin as they will be both gentle and hydrate the skin some at the same time. Gentle, hydrating products will always be your friend when you have dry skin.

Oily Skin
Despite what you might initially think, oily skin isn’t the exact opposite of dry skin. It tends to be finicky as well. The reasons for that finicky nature are simply different. Oily skin requires a consistent level of control to be exercised to keep the oil in check while not pushing so hard that the skin is hurt. You’ll want to favor water-based products in almost all cases. Oil-based products will increase your chances of having a breakout or experiencing other issues. You’ll get the most out of slightly more powerful than average cleansers and chemical exfoliating products as well. Salicylic acid is frequently one of the best ingredients you can find for oily skin. Pay careful attention when using oil control products though. You don’t want to dry out your skin in excess as you’ll simply cause it to produce even more oil. Toners are good options for light moisturizing and other benefits. You’ll likely want to rinse and cleanse more than once a way to properly manage this skin type.

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Average Skin
When you’re not subject to any extremes, you have access to a wider variety of products. That is freeing, but it doesn’t mean your product choice is any less important. Favoring products meant for either extreme can lead to breakouts, dry skin, or chronic inflammation if you’re not careful. Moisturizing is easiest for people with average skin though. All you need is to find a decent quality lotion to help support your skin. Cleansing and exfoliating tends to be more of a balancing act though. Chemical exfoliates are still typically your best options, but you’ll want to look for products that use alpha hydroxy acids like citric or glycolic acid as an active ingredient. These are potent enough to get the job done without being as potent as the ones required by oily skin. You can also get away with using face oils like dry skin, but you should be mindful to make sure they don’t accidentally cause buildup on your skin. As a general rule, you will also want to make sure you look for gentle products to be kind to your skin.

Looking after your skin by matching your products to your skin type is slightly above basic skincare. It represents your first steps into truly customized skincare. You probably won’t get it right the first time either. Unless a product is clearly hurting your skin, give it a month to do its job and see if your skin improves. Changing products too rapidly in pursuit of the “right” one will only hurt your skin. Slowly refining your product choices will eventually lead you to better skincare than you previously imagined.

Top Skincare Concerns For Ages 50 and Up

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Taking care of one’s appearance is a fairly common focus. We tend to be striving for a particular image when we’re younger, but as we get older we’re hoping simply to defy some of the worse signs of aging. It can be done though if we’re willing to try to figure out both what our skin needs as we age and how we need to adjust broader directions to suit our own skin particularly. There are common truths about everyone’s skin that hold true as we age, but we can never afford to forget that our own skin type will always play a role in what makes for good skincare. Learning these specifics is particularly important once we reach our 50s and beyond because the skin becomes particularly sensitive. If you haven’t quite figured out what your top skin care concerns should be, we’ve got a few tips on where to direct your attention.

Dry Skin
This concern grows as we age for the simple reason that your skin thins as you age. Collagen, an important structural protein in your skin, decreases with age. This is turn leaves your skin less able to trap moisture within itself and maintain healthy levels. As a result, you will generally find that your skin type may change with age. People with already dry skin are going to enjoy this the least as it makes a chronic problem worse. The good news is that you only need to moisturize effectively to help counteract this aspect of aging. In general, you’ll swap to heavier products with age and whether the products are oil or water-based will depend on whether you have naturally oily skin or not. Water-based products are the go-to for anyone with persistent oily skin while everyone else can reach for oil-based products to richly moisturize their skin.

Dull Skin
Dry skin affects to skin in broad ways that lead to a myriad of issues. Duller skin is a natural outgrowth of the dry skin. Your skin’s outermost layers, composed entirely of dead skin cells, is the only part of your skin that starts to thicken as your age. This is because more of your skin is losing moisture and it doesn’t have the ability to keep everything as healthy as you’d like. That means exfoliation is a necessarily important part of skincare in your 50s and beyond. You’re going to want to stick to exfoliating once or twice a week with the possibility of shifting to once a week only if you’ve noticed increased sensitivity with age. Proper exfoliation will help strip away those outer layers of dead skin cells and show off the healthier skin below that you’ll better be able to moisturize and nourish for long term health.

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General Sensitivity
Thinner skin means you’re going to have a harder time protecting your skin from reacting to most things. It tends to crop up in a couple of important ways though: reactions to harsher products and susceptibility to sun damage. Once you hit your 50s, you’re going to want to start switching to gentle products intended for sensitive skin. This helps to ensure that you won’t accidentally irritate your skin with too harsh or an ingredient. Additionally, you’ll probably want to switch to chemical exfoliants as they are less likely to tear your skin than a scrub. You’ll also want to be even more dedicated to applying sunscreen each day. Thinner skin simply can’t stop UV rays as effectively as it once did. You’ll probably want to go from using a sunscreen offering broad spectrum protection of at least SPF 30 to one offering at least SPF 50 to make up for this change. Remembering to apply the sunscreen will help minimize the susceptibility to sun damage.

Our skin may change as we age, but we can work against the worst effects of this. Common skincare practices simply need to be adapted to the changing reality of our skin. Remember to emphasize moisturizing and sun protection will help fight against dry skin and sun damage that in turn will help reduce how dull you skin can become. All of these aspects of interconnected and good skincare helps mitigate multiple problems while leaving your skin healthy and beautiful.

Winter Skin Issues

Taking care of your skin in colder weather can be a problem. The weather itself seems to conspire against your wishes to have happy, healthy skin. This is due to a combination of factors that are associated with the environmental aspects of the cold weather. Drier air, reflected light, and other things all undermine your skin’s overall health. You have to stay ahead of any winter skin issues if you expect to keep your skin healthy if you’re going to be where the weather is a while or if you’re facing down the entire winter. Failing to stay ahead can mean you’ll deal with some of this issues the entire time you’re dealing with cold weather. Fortunately, there are simple solutions in most cases. We’re going to go over some of the major problems associated with cold weather as well as the easiest solutions so that you can keep your skin healthy even if the weather around you is getting a bit colder.

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Sunburn
We generally think of the summer as being the primary time we need to worry about sunburn. This is a fair interpretation, but is guilty of ignoring that the sun is a problem all year. Summer is simply when we’re most likely to be directly harmed by overexposure to the sun. This can also happen in the winter as we get lax about protecting our skin from the sun. In truth, winter can be surprisingly bad for your skin in this way. Snow and ice tend reflect light back at your and being outside for an extended period will end up giving your skin sunburn quickly. This is, in essence, the same principle that makes you get sunburn faster when by a pool. All you need to do to protect yourself against this is to remember to keep wearing sunscreen even during winter. Don’t forget to reapply it regularly either as that sunscreen will get depleted by the air.

Dry Skin
Cold weather is typically marked by overall drier air. This is especially true in the winter. The cold, dry air can be particularly harmful to your skin if you don’t realize this. Dry air is bad for all of our skin. It makes dry skin drier and, sadly, can make oily skin even more oily by drying the skin out despite the excess oil. The latter situation leads the skin to produce even more oil to try and correct the situation. As a result, there really is no skin type that can afford to simply relax during cold weather. The best answer to this problem is to remember to moisturize your skin properly. Think about the basic skin type rules for selecting a moisturizer. Drier skin tends to use thick moisturizing creams while oily skin favors the use of lightweight toners. The rule of thumb in most cases is to go up one step when it comes to selecting a cold weather moisturizer. Oily skin people may want to experiment with lotions while people with already dry skin will want to look for creams with thoroughly hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid.

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General Redness and Irritation
Dry skin and sun damage are bad enough, but these are only part of the issues that come up in cold weather. They contribute to an overall less healthy and resilient environment for your skin. This means product choice becomes particularly important when dealing with cold weather. Moisturizers are only part of this though. You also need to carefully evaluate the rest of your products. Harsher products are not ideal during the winter. This is especially true for people with oily skin who are used to using harsher products to help provide oil control. Step back from products with ingredients like salicylic acid that can dry out your skin. You do still want to cleanse and exfoliate your skin, yes, but be gentle about it or you’ll create long-lasting patches of visibly irritated skin. Swap to products that advertise themselves as gentle or for sensitive skin to ensure that you’re doing all that you can to help your skin.

Fighting back against damage from cold weather really isn’t that hard. There are a few major issues that most of us will need to deal with frequently. They’re solve and controlled by good skincare habits like most things. Remembering to apply sunscreen and slightly thicker moisturizers during the winter will honestly go a long way towards solving most issues. Swapping to gentle products simply makes things even easier on your skin. Remembering to care for your skin properly in cold weather will help save you a little pain and help you look your best no matter how cold the weather gets.

The Paradox of Dry, Oily Skin

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Most of us are familiar with the idea that there are a few broad skin types. Oily skin is prone to producing an excess amount of natural oils that ends up increasing the chance for breakouts as well as adding an oily sheen to our skin. By contrast, dry skin tends to be dull, feel tight, and in general look a little unhealthy as it has no natural, healthy glow. So-called “normal” skin is somewhere between the two and lacks the extremes of either. Combination skin just makes all of this a headache though as you might broadly have normal skin, but have patches of dry or oily skin. Annoying, right? You can’t really pick your skin type, but you can work to control the worst aspects of it so that you can enjoy healthy skin. You can encounter a problem though if you’re stuck in the somewhat odd situation of having oily skin that somehow still feels dry. It isn’t unheard of though and there are ways to help your skin.

The Whys
Let’s start by stressing that you can end up in this seemingly paradoxical situation in a couple of ways. The first is simply that you may actually have a specific kind of combination kind. Oily and dry skin can get mixed and it can be highly annoying for the person dealing with it. It is fairly simply to work around though even if it can be a little more time consuming than skin of a single broad type. However, what you really need to be on the lookout for is dry, oily skin that is the result of your products. Product choice has such an importance in skincare that a combination that causes distinct problems needs to be addressed quickly to avoid lasting damage becoming a problem. Generally, you’ll experience this problem when you’re overusing harsher products that put a strain on the overall ability of your skin to keep itself hydrated, but just an overuse of products in general can likewise cause the problem.

Treating The Issue
Dry, oily skin that is just part of combination skin is actually the easiest to treat. You’ll need to figure out what sections of your skin are what to properly treat them though. Remember that dry skin tends to be relatively dull due to overall buildup of dead skin while oily skin tends to be redder and have a sheen to it. The T-zone is more likely to be oily than any other area in combination skin too. Once you know what area is what, you can apply selective products to the area or swap to a gentle, generalized skincare that won’t dry your skin out. You start running into issues when your products are what’s responsible for the problem. Your skin isn’t actually dry then. It is dehydrated. If you use harsher products that include ingredients like salicylic acid, then you’ll want to start cutting back and working on make properly moisturizing your skin a part of your routine. Oily skin favors the use of toner and the lightest lotions to moisturize without over-moisturizing. It will take time for your skin to recover, though.

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How Can I Tell?
If you’re uncertain on whether you have oily, dry skin, then you’ll need to keep an eye out for specific factors. We’ve already highlighted what you’re looking for visually when it comes to a natural mix of oily and dry skin, but what you’ll experience is different in product-based issues. You can generally expect the skin to still look oily is the biggest thing. There will be a distinct sheer and redness to the skin as well as continuing problems with potential breakouts. The key difference is that the skin will also feel tight and dry at the same time. This sense goes beyond the visual and is focused largely on how well you know your own skin. Focus on the feeling rather than the appearance. This is because your natural oils are a barrier to your skin and don’t contribute heavily to naturally moisturizing your skin.

Dry, oily skin is one of those annoying skincare issues that appears from time to time. It can happen to anyone with the right skin types and be more than a little bit frustrating before you figure out what you need to do to treat it. Learning the right means to treat it does eventually provide you with all you need to ensure that your skin is happy and healthy though. Try to remember the distinction in treatments between dry, oily skin as a natural combination and as a product-induced problem though as they are different. Once you know, you can be the skincare guru in a friend’s life who has the solution to this little mystery.

Choosing The Right Moisturizer

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Moisturizing your skin properly goes a long way towards helping to maintain your skin’s overall health. This is because your skin needs a certain level of moisture to actually protect itself and be happy. Skin type is mostly responsible for determining the amount of moisture that your skin needs regularly to be happy. Dry skin, for instance, requires a lot more moisture to maintain its health than oily skin, but oily skin still needs support from a moisturizer as well to maintain healthy moisture. The potential complexity of all this can make it difficult for anyone to figure out what moisturizer is best for them. It won’t necessarily drastically hurt your skin to be using the wrong moisturizer, but it can make it more difficult to keep your skin as healthy as you’d like. Let’s take a quick look into the best kinds of moisturizers for a few of the most common skin types to ensure you have an idea of what to look for to keep your skin happy and healthy.

Dry Skin
This is one of the big ones when it comes to ensuring you’re using a proper moisturizer. Dry skin is difficult to deal with even when you’re moisturizing appropriately simply because it can feel resistant to being moisturized. Moisturizing properly in this case is about moisturizing at the right time and ensuring that you’re using a good moisturizer. In this case, you’ll want to look to heavier products to ensure an effective moisture seal on the skin. Creams are the go-to product for anyone trying to keep dry skin healthy. These products tend to be thick and heavy. They stay on the skin for an extended period after application while maintaining a highly effective seal. The best time to put these on is when your skin is still a little wet from a shower, bath, or rinse to ensure that there is extra moisture to seal in your skin.

Oily Skin
As another problematic skin type, oily skin can be frustrating to moisturize properly. This is because the skin is already overproducing oil and it can feel like a bad idea to even consider putting products on your skin. Oily skin does still need help though. The keys to selecting a moisturizer for oily skin are ensuring it is light and oil-free. Lightweight products like lotions don’t build the kind of heavy seal that a cream does. This is good because your skin will be making its own seal on its own. Heavier products will trap your natural oils in your pores and lead to breakouts. You’ll want to look for noncomedogenic lotions to help ensure this isn’t a problem. That the product should be oil-free is pretty much a given with oily skin as the last thing you typically want to do is add more oil to your skin.

Aging Skin
Our skin has more difficulty retaining moisture as we age. This tends to mean we need to give more focused care to help maintain its health. You can keep using your normal moisturizer, but you’ll want to consider adding a serum to your routine. Think of these as skin nourishing moisturizing lotions. They are typically lighter than the average lotion and many times more potent. Use these after you’ve thoroughly clean your skin, but before you move on to your standard moisturizer or any other products. Serums function best as the lowest layer put on clean skin as they are too lightweight to effectively work through other products. Serums come in several flavors that can all cater to different skin needs and as a result, can act as a focused way to augment your skincare. Don’t hesitate to start using them before your skin begins to noticeably age, but likewise, don’t forget to start using them in your mid-30s or later.

Choosing the right kind of moisturizing product can be more than a little confusing. This is in no small part due to the needs of the various skin types and individual considerations. It isn’t terribly hard to pick out general rules that you can use to help find the proper moisturizer or moisturizers though. Try to remember these tips in the future. They should provide enough basic guidelines to give you a push in the right direction. The rest of the process is simply experimenting to find what works best for your skin.