Getting Over Your Skin’s Winter Blues

The temperature is dropping, the days are getting shorter, I just ordered a pumpkin- spiced latte yesterday, and even dusted off my ugly Christmas sweater. Did I mention Thanksgiving is coming? The seasons are changing fast here in Korea and I couldn’t be any more excited for the holidays.

I wish I could say the same for my skin.

Winter may be one of the best seasons around but it does our skin no favors. The turn of Winter marks the time our skin begins to experience dryness and worst of all – breakouts.

For those wondering why your skin may be experiencing such unpleasant changes, you might be able to attribute them to your skin lacking either sufficient oil or sufficient moisture.

Balance in your skin’s oil and moisture production levels create a protective layer on your skin’s surface. However, due to the sudden changes in temperature, your skin may struggle to maintain its oil and moisture which may cause dryness and breakouts.

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Luckily for you, you’ll have no problems this season because we have compiled every solution you will need to combat your skin’s Winter blues:

Insufficient Moisture

The Problem
Because your skin is lacking moisture, it will attempt to produce more oil to replenish its deficiency. This could lead to your skin over-producing oils on top of being dehydrated.

The Solution
You need to MOISTURIZE YOUR SKIN so that it is not producing excessive oil.

What To Do
Add face masking to your routine.
Using face masks is one of the best ways to maintain moisture in your skin.
Change your moisturizer.
Instead of using facial balms or creams, try using an essence, lotion or gel-typed moisturizer.

Soak Insider Tip: For skin types that lack moisture, drinking lots of water is not only key– it’s a necessity.

My Picks
I personally recommend Dr. Jart’s face masks and Physiogel’s Daily Moisture Facial Lotion to keep your skin moisturized and hydrated all season long.

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Insufficient Oil

The Problem
Because your skin is lacking oil, it is producing more keratin to protect your skin. This may lead to dull, rough skin resulting in your makeup not sitting on your skin as desired.

The Solution
When your skin lacks oil, it is naturally lacking moisture. Oil usually prevents moisture in your skin from evaporating by creating a seal over your skin locking in hydration .

What To Do
Your skin needs soothing. 
If you are experiencing an inadequate amount of  both oil and moisture, your skin may be very sensitive. I would advise you use products that contain Aloe, Allantoin, Chamomile, Avocado oil.
Add oils to your routine. 
Dry skin types: I recommend coconut oil or olive oil-based products.
Oily skin types: You will want to use jojoba oil or rosehip oil. Their similar molecular structure to sebum will trick your skin to believing that it has already produced enough and will, in turn, prevent clogged pores.

Soak Insider Tip: If your skin has trouble absorbing the products, try exfoliation. But stay away from scrubs to avoid irritation if you have sensitive skin.

My Picks
Innisfree’s Olive Real Essential Oil and COSRX’s One Step Moisture Up Kit would be great additions to your routine. The One Step Moisture Up Kit contains three different products in one to moisturize, nourish and exfoliate your skin which include COSRX’s own Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, a One Step Moisture Up Pad, and the Holy Moly Snail Mask. 

 

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Keep a careful eye on how your skin is reacting as the weather gets colder and test out which products bring your skin back to life. Hopefully, these tips will give you one less thing to worry about as you enjoy your Winter festivities. Remember–Santa is making his list and checking it twice~ You may have been naughty but at least you will know your skin hasn’t 😉

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