Common Dry Skin Mistakes During the Winter

Many people feel the difference in their skin when the weather changes, but they don't change their skincare. Whether you're someone who has a long and detailed skincare routine, or whether you're more laid back when it comes to products, you will need to make some changes come wintertime. You may feel like you're doing it all right, yet your skin is still dry. Here we're going to share a few mistakes you may be making when it comes to winter skincare.

Cleanser

If your skin is perpetually dry, then you may want to take a second look at your cleanser. You're likely starting off your routine with a drying cleanser that's stripping your skin. If you're more casual when it comes to skin care, you may even be using a bar of soap (yikes!). This is a huge no no for any skin type. Body soap bars are made with strong cleansers that are not meant for the delicate skin on the face. If you're using a cleanser with sulfates, then it's probably time to switch to something more gentle like a creamy or gentle foaming cleanser.

Wrong Moisturizer

If you're still using your Summer or Spring moisturizer, then look no further, this could be your problem. Lightweight or runny moisturizers simply won't cut it during very cold, dry climates. They won't have the necessary lasting power to even get you through midday. This is especially true if you're using the same lotion on your face as you do your body. Body lotions tend to be lighter in nature and are not designed to protect the skin on the face. Even if you have oily skin, you will need a moisturizer that is formulated for the skin on the face.

If you feel like you're already using a good moisturizer, take a look at the ingredients list. When the weather is undergoing extreme changes, then you'll want to have an ingredient in your moisturizer that is designed to protect the skin. Ceramides do just this. They work to smooth the skin and protect the skin's microbiome. Glycerin and hyaluronic acid are other ingredients to look for. Glycerin is a humectant that works to pull out moisture from the environment and into the skin. Hyaluronic acid also works to continually keep the skin hydrated throughout the day. You'll want to look for ingredients like these that keep working throughout the day.

Use a Mask

Masks are a great way to restore moisture and hydration to the skin after a long day. Try using a sheet mask directly after cleansing. This will work to infuse dehydrated skin with moisture and nutrients before bedtime. Afterwards, simply press the remaining essence into the skin and follow up with the remainder of your skincare.

For this, we recommend the Fracora Placenta Moisturizing Masks.

Don't Let the Skin Dry

This may seem like a small step but it works wonders for dry skin, especially during the winter months. When you get out of the shower or finishing cleansing your skin, don't wait more than 30-45 seconds to apply your serum and moisturizer. Once the skin is dry, it doesn't absorb moisture and product as well. Applying moisturizers and serums while the skin is slightly damp is best. This will allow for maximum absorption and hydration.

The same goes for your body as well. In shower moisturizers are great all year round, but especially when it's cold because it allows your moisturizer to absorb better into the skin and therefore last longer.