It’s time to bring out your coziest blankets and make the best blend of tea (or hot chocolate– we don’t judge!) because winter’s here! However, even though all we want to do is ball up, cover ourselves in the comfort of our beds and put on all our favorite holiday movies, it is important to remember that skincare is still essential. Just like every other season, there is an appropriate way to address your skin needs depending on your skin type during winter.
Below are some winter skincare tips according to your skin type approved by our resident dermatologist and CEO, Dr. Naana Boakye:
Mastering Moisture for Dry Skin:
Winter can be particularly harsh for those people with dry skin because of the cold air’s tendency to steal the natural oils from our body. To be able to combat this problem, we recommend including a gentle cleanser on your routine to prevent your skin from flaking and adding rich and hydrating moisturizer that will lock in the moisture so as to help your skin cope with the challenges brought by the winter winds. Check out products that contain our all-time preferred ingredients such as glycerin, shea butter, jojoba oil, and sunflower seed oil for an extra boost of nourishment. Karité’s Full Body Collection, containing hand and body cream plus our lip balm, can definitely be of help on this!
Balancing Hydration for Combination Skin:
It is a well-known fact that combination skin can be a little bit tricky to manage, with some areas of the skin being dry and the other being the opposite. In order to make sure that your combination skin still gets the balanced and healthy care that it requires, opt for a gentle, pH-balanced cleanser and light moisturizer to maintain equilibrium. Products like these can surely hydrate dry patches without burdening oily areas.
Oil-Free Only for Oily Skin:
While winter can be good news for people with oily skin (hooray for reduced sweating!), it is still a must to aim for the healthy and suitable skin care that you need. Keep in mind that during the cold winter, it is always recommended to use a non-comedogenic moisturizer for a hydration that will not cause clogged pores. It is also advisable to use a gentle exfoliant to avoid dead skin cell buildup that usually contributes to breakouts.
Pro-Tip For All Skin Types
Winter is all about creams! For this season, make sure to set aside your lotions and opt for using cream-based products. This is because lotions naturally have high-water content that quickly evaporates as compared to creams that often have thicker consistency. Simply, creams can usually last and assure you that moisturizing feeling when you wake up in the morning until you come home at night. Dr. Boakye also highly recommends covering yourself from head to toe with cream because temperatures experience a significant drop at night.
The key to having supple skin during the winter is tailoring your skin care based on the needs of your specific skin type. Remember: just because you are on holiday, doesn’t mean your skincare’s on vacation as well. Lastly, (and we cannot stress this enough), always wear sunscreen– the sun’s still there, even if we don’t feel it!