Winter is coming! You probably are already all too aware that your skin tends to get dry, flaky and itchy in the cold winter months, but what should you do about it? And do you really need to change your skincare with the seasons? It all depends on whether your skin is dry or dehydrated.
What’s the difference between dry and dehydrated skin? They are similar in a lot of ways: both are made worse by colder and drier weather and both can be flaky and uncomfortable. But the major difference is that dry skin is a skin type (based on how much oil your skin naturally produces) that typically won’t change much over time. Dehydrated skin is a temporary condition and can happen to anyone at any time. Any skin type can lose too much water and become dehydrated. But the good news is that both dry and dehydrated skin can be treated with smart skincare! Typically, a good rule of thumb is that:
Dry skin needs oil and dehydrated skin needs water.
Because dry skin is caused by a lack of natural oil production of the skin, you can use topical oils to add it back! Check out our collection of Hawaiian inspired face oils! They’re perfect for dry skin anytime of the year! https://herbsoil.co/collections/face-oil
Anyone with any skin type can get dehydrated skin if the skin loses too much water! This typically happens when your skin barrier is weakened from things like cold air, wind, sun or over exfoliating. When your skin’s barrier is weakened it can’t stop water from evaporating (also known as TEWL Trans Epidermal Water Loss). Unfortunately, just splashing water onto your face isn’t enough to add water to your skin. A great way to keep your skin hydrated is to look for products with humectants, which help to bind water to your skin. Our SOS Booster Cream is perfect for dehydrated skin because it contains honey extract, a natural humectant! https://herbsoil.co/collections/face-cream/products/sos-booster-cream
How should you treat dry skin? Add oil!
There are 2 types of oils in skincare: Emollients and Occlusives. These 2 categories have some overlap since most emollients can be slightly occlusive and vice versa.
Emollients: Sink into skin’s structure.
Examples–plant oils, cholesterol, ceramides, and, stearate and oleate esters.
Occlusives: Block water evaporation from skin.
Examples– Shea butter, Beeswax
So, if your skin is dry you will want to look for moisturizers or cleansers with both occlusives and emollients high on the ingredients list.
How should you treat dehydrated skin? Add water!
Unfortunately, simply splashing water on your face isn’t enough to add water back to dehydrated skin. Instead, what you need are humectants.
Humectants: bind to water and stay on your skin.
Examples–Glyceryin, sorbitol, glycols, PCA, hyaluronic acid, amino acids, urea, and alpha hydroxy acids.
So, if you skin is dehydrated this winter here are some tips:
1. you should look for moisturizers, toners, serums, and cleansers with lots of humectants.
- If you have dehydrated skin is to minimize the amount of cleansing you do, since cleansing can damage your skin’s water barrier.
- After you apply products with humectants you can seal in the moisture with occlusive products. NOTE! If you have oily skin, you may want to try this tip at night instead of during the day since it might make you too shiny.