‘Tis the season for even lower humidity and increased dryness. As brisk weather hits many of us this time of year, we’re bound to notice that our skin is taking a beating from it. Just the other day, we had a pretty significant temperature drop and my back and arms immediately began feeling itchy, scratchy. My face was almost ‘harder’ to the touch, well just not as dewey feeling (you get it), and it seemed that every time I would put on a product, it would just immediately seep into my skin. So, I quickly reacted. I had poobear apply my back lotion better & I backed off on several of my more acidic nighttime skincare products for a couple days and I eventually regained normalcy on my skin’s surface. Plus, the awesome humidifier we have in our room has been a true lifesaver. I can’t tell you how much it has helped my skin this season. Plus, my allergies are way better and I don’t look like death so much anymore when I wake up! Praise Jesus!
So anyways, as I’ve been loading up on moisturizers, cutting back on more ‘drying’ skin ingredients & upping our humidifier usage, I will say that our skin is doing better… but it’s taken us a while to get here. And one reason for it taking so long is that it’s been a hot minute since we were using a moisturizer that REALLY did what it was supposed to do. Before, I would use the moisturizer at night for example but the minute the temperature got cold & dry, it was never enough and I just suffered through the flaky, dry skin all season. My skin can be a bit sensitive so I tend to lean on less heavy moisturizers, despite my skin needing even more moisture in the winter. BUT, you don’t necessarily have to use multiple moisturizers to get your skin feeling amazing every season & it may take some trial & error, but you got this! There are several things to look for when it comes to your moisturizer… and hey, maybe by reading this post, you’ll FINALLY be able to find the perfect moisturizer for every season, every life moment & every morning & night that you can come to love. Plus, I know many of us are all about less is more, so let’s go over these TOP SIGNS your moisturizer isn’t working for you & what you can do about it!
Hint, hint – Cheeky has tested two of these cause & solutions & they’ve worked!
The Sign: Your Skin Feels Tight
If your skin feels tight — no matter your skin type — whenever you use your moisturizer, then something’s not quite right, but your moisturizer itself may not be to blame. This is a sign that your skin’s barrier is compromised in some way, and all the moisturizer in the world isn’t helping it until you fix the underlying issue
The most likely underlying cause is that your skin’s moisture barrier has been damaged in some sort of way. Most commonly you’ll see that your actual routine could be to blame. So we would suggest checking all ingredients that eliminates those products with drying effects. Or at least consider replacing it with another, lighter formula.
And like we did, take a step back with retinol, AHAs, peels, and physical exfoliators. Once you’re able to see which products are causing some excessive dryness, then you can do like me and come off it for a couple days until your skin’s barrier is normal again.
The Sign: Your Skin is Dry & Flaky
You’re applying moisturizer religiously yet your skin feels dry and flaky, that’s a problem. You’re probably dealing with a wonky moisturizer that’s not really repairing your skin’s barrier to help keep skin hydrated & dewey.
What you should be looking at for this one is the ingredients, as this is where you will find what you need to fix yo’ skin!!! Look for emollient, barrier-repairing ingredients like shea butter, jojoba oil or sweet almond oil. Or we personally LOVE hyaluronic acid or ceramides.
The Sign: Your Skin Is Oily
If your skin feels oily more than 30 minutes post-application, you may be using a moisturizer that is heavier than you need.
Swap out your super heavy moisturizer for something that’s lightweight, we suggest a water-based product or gel formulation! Oh and don’t forget, moisturizers that help promote a matte finish can also be helpful, especially if your skin type is pretty oily.
Embryolisse’s matte light formula hydrates and absorbs into your skin with just a few gentle pats. You get matte-looking skin that feels super-hydrated.
Not only is this moisturizer from La Roche-Posay anti-shine, it’s also amazing on lessening the look of large pores.
The Sign: Acne is Flaring Up
Cause #1 – If you have acne-prone skin, you need a formula that is repairing the skin’s barrier and also helping with clogged pores – think some exfoliation.
Solution #1 – Find a moisturizer that helps target your acne while still bolstering your skin’s barrier to improve hydration.
‘It exfoliates dead skin while diminishing the appearance of acne, fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. Rich monoi butter and sweet almond oil condition and moisturize dry areas, restoring suppleness and radiance. With regular use, the skin takes on a healthier and more youthful appearance’
Cause #2 – If you’re like me, if my skin gets too dry, I actually develop acne because my surface oils are working into overdrive and is actually creating more pore clogging oils in response.
Solution #2 – So in this situation, here is where I cut back on my drying ingredients and let my moisturizer do it’s job.
At this time, I’m actually alternating between these two moisturizers – No reason other than I really like both of them. They’re really hydrating and lightweight for the most part. Plus, when I let them do their job, they nail it! Smooth, clear & hydrated skin.
Cetaphil has been recommended by our countless dermatologists year after year! I’d personally highly recommend and it’s super affordable!
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