Let’s be honest, we can’t wait until spring arrives with its sunshine and flowers. But sadly it’s winter who have arrived.
Winter can do a number on your skin, with that dry chili wind bringing about dry flaky skin and chapped lips.
With those moisture-sucking heaters in your home and office, you’ll probably feel inclined to stay bundled up under a pile of sweaters for the rest of the season so that no one can see your face.
What if we assured you that it doesn’t have to be that way?
All you have to do to ensure you keep your skin in tip-top shape even when it’s freezing outside is to maintain a regular skin care routine to counteract the weather’s effects on your skin. A gentle facial cleanser, hydrating toner, and a super-hydrating moisturiser can help immensely in taking care
of the dry or flaky skin issue and is the best facial treatment for most common concerns. And when we say ‘MOISTURIZE’, we are thinking of all skin types, so if you are an oily skin beauty, you don’t have to run and hide.
Ready to show your complexion the tender loving care that it deserves? We at Lyra beauty parlour have got you covered with winter skin care tips to suit every skin type.
What is your skin type?
Knowing your skin type before you plan to try a product or running to a beauty parlour, should be the first step of your skincare routine. That’s because not every skincare idea or product will suit your skin, even if it is homemade or suggested by your favourite beautician at the best beauty parlour.
Did you know that we all have inherently different skin type at different points of time and in different geographical locations?
There are five main skin types:
1. Normal Skin Type
2. Dry Skin Type
3. Oily Skin Type
4. Combination Skin
5. Sensitive Skin
In addition to this, there are also normal/sensitive, dry/sensitive, oily/sensitive, and combination/sensitive skin. Your unique skin may also have unique issues such as lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, blemishes and scars.
Each product available in the skincare and beauty market is addressed to a particular skin type and specific skin concerns. It’s imperative that you know what works for your unique skin type.
Fret not, we’re here to help!
Since dry winter air can be harsh on anyone’s skin, reach for a gentle facial cleanser in the morning as well as at night, based on your skin type.
It’s definitely important to remove your makeup before bed (yes, even if you got it done at the famous beauty parlour in town by a professional makeup artist), because while you sleep, it can mix with the dirt and oil on your face, which can lead to clogged pores and then to acne breakouts.
Micellar water is a good way to remove dirt, oil, and makeup away from your face. Formulated with tiny micelles (oil molecules) that act as a magnet to lift the dirt, oil, and makeup. It’s especially good for oily skin, as this particular micellar water helps to purify and mattify the skin, meaning you won’t be left looking shiny and at the same time it won’t dry you out.
Dry skin types can use a gentle and soap-free moisturizing cleanser. The lightly-foaming formulation gently cleanses and softens, leaving a hydrated and plump skin behind.
Toner is the step you'll regret skipping. Sometimes it seems almost impossible to combat skin issues. You can slather on your favourite moisturizer to tackle dry skin or use mattifying lotions to absorb excess oil, but if you don’t keep your skin care routine right, all of this is null and void.
A toner will not only help rebalance your skin but will leave it glowing. The purpose of a toner is to cleanse skin and refine pores, giving your complexion a more even tone, as they’re packed with extra skincare benefits, like hydration and soothing ingredients.
All skin types can use a gentle hydrating and soothing toner and you can find some of the best toners in Korean skincare brands that are free of harmful chemicals. Oily skin types should go for lightweight toners with water-like consistency that can still provide ample hydration. Dry skin types should go for an intense hydrating toner instead.
And if you thought you could skip out on moisturizer because of oily skin, think again!
Moisturising doesn’t necessarily mean ‘shiny skin’, there are mattifying moisturizers in the market nowadays, that can provide moisturization to the skin and at the same time keep it ‘shine-free’.
External factors like pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing can also damage your skin’s moisture barrier, causing loss of moisture and an increase in oil production to compensate and that can leave you looking overly shiny.
Oily skin types should look for a water-based moisturizer, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera. These ingredients provide long-lasting hydration and reduce the appearance of excess shine.
Hyaluronic acid is a blessing for dry skin people too, as it holds the key to smooth, flawless and hydrated skin. In fact, our own skin cells produce Hyaluronic Acid naturally in a bid to maintain moisture levels. But, those levels tend to take a bit of a dip, thanks to pesky aging and environmental aggressors.
Combination skin can be tricky. Typically, if you have this skin type, you may notice that your T-zone, which is the central part of your face, including your forehead, nose, and chin are oilier. Your cheeks and the skin around your eyes, on the other hand, might seem drier; and your nose and chin can be rough, thanks to a buildup of dead skin cells.
When you have combination skin, you may need to spend a little more and use different skin care products targeted for both oily and dry skin types on different areas of your face, depending on the type of concerns you are facing in that area.
When you have sensitive skin, there is a lot to look out for your complexion during the winter months. For starters, turn down the temperature when washing your face, as hot water can strip your skin of its essential moisture. Always cleanse your skin with lukewarm water. Look for products that are suitable for sensitive skin, to help repair skin’s moisture barrier.