Is it Spring Yet?

As a teen, my skin tended to be on the oily side. I remember thinking how much easier my life would be if it would just dry up once and for all. Then, sometime around my 25th birthday, it happened: I went to reach for the “shine control” toner and realized that I didn’t need it. Ever since, my skin can be clearly categorized as ‘dry’ and, despite all of my adolescent wishing, it has a whole new set of problems.

Usually, my dry skin is pretty manageable. As long as I have a decent oil-free moisturizer, it doesn’t seem to conflict with my other skin drama (AKA- acne).  At least until winter rolls around. Cold, dry, windy weather—combined with the heating system at my home and office—wreaks complete havoc on my skin. Suddenly, my skin is tight, itchy, and drier than the Sahara. And then there’s the flaking! Around my nose and mouth, I start to shed skin like my German Shepherd loses her winter coat.

All of that means that I’m spending more time with my hands on my face which, in turn, always seems to lead to increased break outs. And trying to layer powdered mineral make-up over flaking skin leaves me looking like something out of a Rob Zombie flick. It’s all very frustrating…

Seeing as though this winter was particularly brutal, I have been going crazy trying to find ways to deal. Here are a few pointers I found that might help someone else out there going through the same thing:

Believe it or not, super hot showers and baths will actually dry out your skin even more. I usually set the water temp somewhere between “scalding” and “3rd Degree” when I’m showering, so maybe this is part of my problem. I’m going to dial down the heat and see if that doesn’t help a little.

It’s important to apply moisturizer as soon as you get out of the shower or wash your face, as it helps seal in the hydration. Again, I usually only remember to slather on the moisturizer after my skin is already dry and itchy, so this is a change I need to make, STAT.

Finally, don’t forget to exfoliate. Exfoliating about three times a week helps get rid of dead skin—which is what’s leading to all that flaking. Stay tuned for more on exfoliation.

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