Winter is long over by now, but its effects on your skin might not be yet. The dry, cold winter air can really do a number on your skin cells, especially the delicate, sensitive ones that cover your face. If you want to make sure your skin is ready to finally shake off that winter dullness and jump into spring and summer fun, Vine Vera is here to give you the tips and tricks you need to know to get your skin looking fresh and youthful, and to keep it that way.
Exfoliation is an important part of skincare, because it removes dead skin cells that would otherwise get in the way of moisturizers actually doing their job. If you don’t exfoliate every now and then, your skin will stay perpetually dry and ashy, because the top layer of skin is already dead and unable to be rejuvenated, and the skin underneath it can’t be reached because the dead stuff’s in the way.
But be careful, because not all exfoliants are created equal. Exfoliating washes with coarse grains or beads will clear away some of the problem, but the issue with them is that they usually provide uneven results, since it’s unlikely the beads will cover every single spot on your face with a standard application, meaning some areas will get the skin removed successfully, but others will stay ashy and dull. Besides not getting rid of all that nasty, dull dead skin, this also plays havoc with moisturization, allowing some of your skin to absorb the moisturizer and spring back to life, and others to remain blocked by stubborn dryness.
Instead, opt for a chemical exfoliant. There are a few out there, but products that contain glycolic acid are especially useful. You can find serums with a heavy, concentrated dose of glycolic acid if you’ve got an especially bad case of wintery dry skin, or you can look for facial washes with a bit of the stuff in them for light, daily exfoliation.
Protect Your Lips
You may have heard that exfoliating your lips is a good idea, because—like the rest of your skin—the skin on your lips get dies and needs to be removed. Well, forget you ever heard that, because the thing is that lips are a bit different than the rest of your facial skin, and they chap because of inflammation. You never want to exfoliate inflamed skin, so you shouldn’t exfoliate chapped lips.
Instead of exfoliating them, apply lip balm liberally, several times a day, until they’re healed. If at all possible, try to avoid gloss or lipstick until they fully heal, but if you must, lay down a base of hydrating lip balm and apply lipstick over the top.
Furthermore, don’t pull off those flakes! It may be tempting since they’re just kind of sitting there hanging off like they’re ready to fall off any moment, but pulling them will irritate your lips, which—of course—makes the inflammation worse, meaning more chapping.
Change the Way You Shower
First off, you probably don’t need to put that body wash everywhere like you think you do. Sometimes, body wash can actually do more harm than good (and scented body washes tend to be harsher than unscented), because it strips away your natural skin oil and leaves your body dry. Just use it in the folds and creases of your body that might harbor bacteria, but don’t lather up everywhere if you can help it.
Secondly, try not to crank the temperature way up, as tempting as it may be. Fun fact: hot water can actually be drying, because—like soap and body wash—it’s harsher than cold water and strips more oil away.