Winter is a time of beauty for many people. Those who like the snow often get to see the world coated in a pristine blanket that seems to help hide the imperfections of the world. Others can enjoy the festive decorations that give a new look to familiar places. There is even joy to be had in simply seeing the happiness of others as each in the series of holidays comes up and people share that warmth with others across cultural boundaries. There is an annoyance to winter though that OROGOLD and others know all too well though. The dry air makes skin care difficult and you often have to change parts of your routine to account for it. One thing you do need to consider changing for sure is how you exfoliate though. The dry air means added considerations regardless of your favorite way to exfoliation.
Using Chemical Exfoliants
As a general rule, we’d advise against using traditional chemical exfoliants in winter. The drying effect of acids will magnify how dry your skin already is from the air and this can end up hurting your skin. You can keep using this kind of exfoliant though if you’re willing to swap to less acidic forms of chemical exfoliant. Extract and enzyme based exfoliants are enjoying a surge in popularity. These are typically derived from flowers or fruits and offer nature’s solution to exfoliation. Sometimes they help control parts of the skin’s behaviors and other times they offer ways to negate excess oil easily. Look over your options carefully. Most of these offer extra benefits depending on their primary ingredient. A moisturizing effect alongside the exfoliating effect is advisable during winter.
Using Physical Exfoliants
Dry skin is a special consideration when using a physical exfoliant. In general, they are better than using an acid-based chemical exfoliant, but the dry skin can make it difficult to get a satisfactory result. Dry skin often becomes sensitive and, as a result, you need to be careful when selecting your physical exfoliant. OROGOLD recommends starting with a fine-grained sugar scrub and working your way towards finer-grained materials as necessary. You may even wish to start with rice powder or a similar option. Such powders are typically combined with a bit of water for added hydration in addition to exfoliation. You will need to stay aware of your skin though to ensure you’re using a good product for your skin. Make sure to watch for extra redness or excessive sensitivity when using a physical exfoliant. You want to avoid exfoliating inflamed skin until it heals.
Your first impulse may be to exfoliate more often during the winter due to the chances of dry skin building up. Ignore this impulse. Dry air can sensitize your skin and make it less able to tolerate exfoliation than normal. Additionally, you need to remember to moisturize after exfoliating. You should be moisturizing regularly as part of your winter skin care routine anyway, but this is especially true when using exfoliant as certain ingredients can deprive the skin of moisture. A useful technique to try is utilizing clothing to help seal a moisturizer next to skin when applicable. Properly moisturized skin will be able to tolerate exfoliation better in addition to looking healthier and being less easily damaged by the dry air. It is hard to say exactly how much anyone should cut back on exfoliation during winter, but we suggest halving your typical routine and seeing how your skin reacts.
Exfoliating in winter is the same process that you’re used to doing routinely. You just need to be more aware of outside factors affecting how your skin behaves in winter. OROGOLD hopes that you’ve learned something from this and that it helps you keep your skin looking radiate throughout the winter.