Skin can go through changes at any point in time but this can drastically change right around the winter months. Constant temperature changes on top of the extra layers of fabrics that we expose our skin to can wreak havoc on our otherwise normal skin.
If you notice breakouts right around your hair and jaw line, the most common culprit is the winter hat and the scarf you are wearing. The first step to take is to be aware of how often you wash those items. If the hat you are wearing is washable, be sure to throw it in a cycle at least once a week, twice a week if you wear it daily. Do the same for your scarf. Sweat, dead skin, and bacteria can build up on the areas that touch your skin, so every time you put those items on, you are essentially rubbing all that sweat, bacteria, and dead skin right back on to your clean skin. If you cannot wash your hat, try cleaning the brim with a cotton swab soaked in a little toner. Just be sure to test the toner on the fabric in a small area first to make sure that damage doesn’t occur. As for your scarf, wash it on a hand wash cycle or do it yourself in the sink. You MUST make sure the things that touch your skin are clean! You wouldn’t wash your face with a dirty cloth would you?
After you have taken care of your hat, it is time to take care of your skin. Since your skin is already irritated you need to look for products that are skin soothing. “Swap a foaming cleanser for a creamy one (you’ll love the two-in-one benefits of St. Ives Makeup Remover and facial Cleanser, $4)” (Cosmopolitan Magazine, November 2010). Once you have made that change, the next change to make is to switch your normal moisturizer to a calming one (Aveeno Active Naturals Ultra Calming $7, is a great inexpensive option). Spraying on a hydrating toner will also help to replenish your skin throughout the day (Cosmopolitan Magazine, November 2010). I love Evian Mineral Water Spray which you can get at Sephora for just around $10. Better yet, go to your local Bed Bath and Beyond and spend the $10 on a Misto Olive Oil sprayer, add your mineral water to it, pump, and spray. It’s definitely cheaper than buying a new can of mineral water toner every time you run out. When you’re spending time indoors, add a humidifier. It works wonders on skin.
Take these simple steps to repair your irritated skin and keep this routine through the entire winter months to keep your skin calm. You will certainly see a difference within a week or so. Your skin needs stability in order to keep irritation at bay. Keeping your winter accessories clean and your skin hydrated will provide that balance that your skin desperately needs during these cold, moisture sucking days.
Cosmopolitan Magazine (Nov. 2010). What’s Your Skin’s Winter Personality.