There are five basic skin types: normal, dry, oily, combination and mature. Not sure about which one describes you? Try this simple test. Gently press a square of rice or blotting paper over the face, focusing on the nose, forehead and chin (or the T-zone). If the paper sticks to the skin, especially in the T-zone, or turns a translucent color (from blotting up a lot of sebum), you most likely have combination or oily skin. If the paper doesn’t stick to the skin or change color, your skin is normal to dry.
What causes dry skin?
Dry skin occurs when moisture is lost through the outermost layer of the epidermis. This special layer keeps your skin properly hydrated and actually creates a barrier against pollutants, germs and other irritants. Sun damage, decreased oil production due to age, medical conditions and even some medications can all cause dry skin, but one of the most common causes is the weather.
Cold weather is the culprit
Your environment has a huge effect on your skin. Since the humidity level of the air changes with each season, this causes a change in your skin’s moisture level. For example, the dry deserts of the American Southwest and the extreme cold temperatures up north can make your skin feel paper dry. Moreover, the driest season is oftentimes winter – the very same time of the year that you’re more likely to use your heating system. Many heaters force moisture out of your skin and hair, which is why your skin can also feel especially parched during the cooler months.
How to treat it
Here are a few simple ways to hydrate your skin this winter:
Use a gentle, non-foaming cleanser. The key is to use a product that will cleanse your skin without drying it. Murad’s Resurgence Renewing Cleansing Cream is an ultra-moisturizing wash that lifts away dry skin while restoring hydration levels at the same time.
Avoid hot showers. Hot water strips your skin of moisture and its protective oils. Opt for warm showers and baths instead.
Don’t forget to moisturize. A quality moisturizer will allow water to bind to your skin and help it lock in moisture. Always the perennial favorite, Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar is formulated without any sulfates, GMOs or synthetic dyes, and helps comfort and soothe dehydrated, allergy-prone, thin or aging skin.
Use a humidifier. This simple appliance adds needed moisture to your immediate area, which can dramatically alter how your skin looks and feels. The Luma Comfort HCW12B produces both cool and warm mist and works in areas over 500 square feet.