Winter Skincare Tips
Even those of us who live in warmer climates are familiar with the havoc that winter can wreak on our skin. Most often, oily skin is caused by overactive sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands are responsible for producing and secreting sebum, which are used to protect the skin against harmful irritants in the outside environment.
When the temperatures outside drop and we turn up the heat in our homes, the air strips the skin of its healthy natural oils. This causes the sebaceous glands to kick into overdrive and overproduce sebum, which leads to oiliness, clogged pores, and acne.
These factors combine in the winter to create a phenomenon that dermatologists call “combination skin.” With combination skin, oiliness is most commonly found in the T-zone and dry skin is found in other places throughout the body. Oily skin is anything but pleasant, especially in the winter when we are already combatting other skin problems. It is important to treat oily skin with special care because it is extra prone to acne and breakouts. Here are some of our winter skincare tips to help you protect your oily skin:
- Pick the right moisturizer for your skin.
Moisturizing oily skin might seem counterintuitive, but it is actually quite important to keep oily skin moisturized. Without moisturizer, your skin will have to work hard to produce the oil it needs to keep your skin cells hydrated. For oily skin, it is best to use light moisturizers that contain jojoba oil, salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, and aloe. Those with oily skin should avoid traditional acne products with retinol and irritating ingredients like salicylic acid.
Instead, it is better to use products that contain Vitamin B. Acne is linked to Vitamin B deficiency, and when the body needs Vitamin B2, the skin tends to be oilier. Products with high levels of alcohol tend to dry out oily and sensitive skin, so they should be avoided as well. Instead, a secret powerful ingredient that helps many people with oily skin is oatmeal. Oatmeal helps calm inflamed skin, absorbs excess oil, and exfoliates dead skin.
- Exfoliate the skin.
When it comes to oily skin, exfoliation is a delicate art. It is important to exfoliate oily skin regularly to avoid pimples, blackheads, and clogged pores. However, if you over-exfoliate oily skin, it can dry out, produce even more oil, and become red and irritated. An exfoliating cleanser that contains charcoal or salicylic acid can help the skin absorb excess oil, while speeding up skin turnover and penetrating oil.
- Stay hydrated.
If you drink enough water, it will balance the natural oils on the face with moisture. Drinking enough water throughout the day leads to less blockage of the skin glands and decreased inflammation. Furthermore, if you are dehydrated, the sebaceous glands might overcompensate by producing more oil. This is a reason that dehydrated skin is often mistaken for oily skin. In general, it is healthy to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for every pound you weigh.
- Take advantage of the power of natural ingredients like tea tree oil.
Tea tree oil contains antiseptic properties which contribute to their ability to combat oily skin. A study conducted by Federal University of Juiz de Fora in Brazil found that participants who used a sunscreen containing tea tree oil for 30 days demonstrated improvement in oiliness. Because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil can also help treat acne, which is a common problem for those with oily skin. Tea tree oil can also be used to soothe burns and prevent itchiness.
It is important to dilute the oil with a carrier oil, like olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil, especially for sensitive and oily skin. A good “rule of thumb” is that for every single to two drops of tea tree oil, you should add twelve drops of the carrier oil of your choosing. Before using tea tree oil, it might be best to do a patch test on the skin to make sure it does not react negatively.
- Use oil-free makeup products.
Some oil-based makeup products coat the skin and contribute to the appearance of grease and shine. Oil-free foundations, on the contrary, are ideal for those with oil-prone skin. They can renew and nourish the skin while helping prevent your skin from producing excess oil during the winter. Oil-free, water-based products also hydrate the skin and keep it appearing smooth and supple. Oil-free foundations are more lightweight and breathable than makeup that contains oil.
- Use moisture-rich skin products on the body.
If you care about your skin, you likely put a lot of effort into perfecting your skincare routine. However, many of us tend to forget that the skin on our bodies needs care as well. Just as oily, dry, and combination skin can affect the face, they affect the skin all over the body. That is why it is so important to pick the right body wash for your skin.
Those of us with oily skin tend to have this issue all over our bodies, especially in the winter when we are wearing additional clothing that accumulates sweat, dirt, and makes the glands clog. A good body wash can do wonders for this problem by maintaining the proper pH balance for the skin. Those with oily skin should look for a body wash with salicylic acid and avoid body washes that contain parabens and phthalates.
At Novopelle Med Spa, we offer professional skincare services to help those with oily skin and other skin troubles. Give us a call at (888) 429-7055 or contact us online to learn about the benefits of our chemical peels, facials, and more.