Springtime Skincare: Exfoliate Dull Winter Skin to Uncover a More Vibrant You
Winter can really do a number on your skin. Every time you step outside, you’re hit with a blast of cold air that can dry skin and even make it raw and chapped, and indoors you likely spend time in dry heat thanks to a heating system turned way up to fight off the winter chill. This is also drying and can deplete your skin of its natural moisture and protective oils. Plus, during the winter dead skin cells tend to pile up, leaving your skin looking flaky, patchy and discolored.
That’s why it’s so important to exfoliate, not only during the winter but also as spring approaches. When the temperature heats up, your skin will be more noticeable than ever, which is why now is the perfect time to exfoliate your skin and get ready for spring and summer. Read on to learn more about the basics of exfoliating your skin.
For starters, you need to exfoliate your skin more frequently in cold weather — once a week is often recommended. If you haven’t been exfoliating regularly, start now, and then once you’ve gotten your skin in good shape, you may be able to exfoliate every other week once the weather warms up. If your skin has gotten dull during the winter, you might be tempted to exfoliate a few times a week, but this can actually make your skin dry and irritated and tempt you to exfoliate even more, just making the problem worse. Even if your skin is in serious need of exfoliating, take it slow and give the process time to work.
As far as the type of exfoliation you should use, there are several exfoliating facial masks on the market, as well as both physical and chemical scrubs. Physical scrubs contain granular ingredients designed to slough away dead skin cells, while chemical scrubs use ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acid, which helps remove dead skin cells and has anti-aging properties as well. Both work, but when using physical scrubs, avoid anything with very large or rough ingredients, which can irritate and inflame skin. One to try: Mill Creek Wild Oats scrub, which uses honey, comfrey Vitamin E, and wild oats to both cleanse and exfoliate skin.
At Beauty Universe, we carry a large selection of products that can cleanse and exfoliate your skin and keep it looking vibrant and healthy all year long. Browse our entire inventory today and create a skincare regimen tailored to your skin’s specific needs.