Perhaps you already feel the bitter cold of winter wind, or maybe you’re just preparing for when it does come. Don’t let the biting cold and heating units dry out and aggravate your skin.
You need to alter your skincare routine to adjust to these changing conditions in the weather. Switch to more creamy, hydrating formulas. Even if you’re breakout prone, you need to introduce some extra moisture to make sure the ingredients holding your blemishes in check doesn’t suck your skin completely dry.
Everything claims to be moisturizing. That is why they’re called “moisturizers” after all. Some are more potent that others, however. Keep a lookout for these types of ingredients in your skincare (and not just moisturizers, toners and serums too!).
Humectants draw water into the skin. Emollients, on the other hand, fill in spaces in your skin to make it feel smoother and help improve moisture retention. There are also ingredients called occlusive. Occlusives help the skin retain moisture by creating a seal over it. It occludes, or blocks, the skin’s surface. While this may help retain moisture, it also can suffocate the skin, potentially blocking pores and causing breakouts.
Moisturizing ingredients (humectants and/or emollients):
Acne sufferers, be wary of these occlusive moisturizing ingredients:
Mineral Oil (Read more on Refinery29)
A Note on Silicones:
No, I’m not talking about the kind used for breast implants.
Silicones, like dimethicone or anything ending in “-cone”, are classified as an occlusive ingredient in skincare. The jury is still out in regards to their being beneficial or detrimental to the skin. They’re used in a majority of skincare products to improve the consistency of the moisturizer. It helps it go on more smoothly. It also prevents moisture loss from the skin. If you’re worried it might cause breakouts, my only recommendation is to give it a shot. Keep records of what moisturizers you’ve tried and what ingredients they contained (annoying, I know, but it’ll be helpful in the long run). One moisturizer might have silicones and break you out, while another might not. There are many ingredients that could be causing your breakouts. So don’t simply assume it’s a silicone, just because it’s in the ingredients list.