In an ideal world, we’d continue to use our favorite skin care products forever, but because the changes in seasons create fluctuations in our skin, we need to rethink that fantasy.
And, since we’re in the thick of winter, it’s best to check out the ingredients in your products, making sure that they’re not causing dryness, inflammation, irritation or redness to your skin.
If any of the products in your current rotation fall on this list, cut them out or use them sparingly during the winter.
- Salicylic Acid—does your cleanser contain this? It’s a highly effective ingredient, but if you’re dealing with dryness or that squeaky clean face feeling, it’s time to switch to a cleanser that has more moisture.
Instead, try a cold cream, cleansing lotions or a high-quality creamy cleanser.
- Retinoids—these are great anti-aging friends, but fair-weather friends, they are, as during the wintertime, they can irritate your skin.
Modify your use of retinoids to only nighttime for sure and only 2-3 times per week. Or, up your vitamin C and choose anti-aging and treatment based products with this tried-and-true antioxidant.
- Masks and Peels—now, we all love these and because it’s so hard to say goodbye, we’ll instead just say,“see ya later” to a few. Any of these masks and peels that harden or feel stripping to the skin, well, they’ve got to go. Peels are often too stripping for winter.
Focus on moisturizing, hydrating and oxygenizing masks and those that are more cream-based.