It’s no surprise that winter can be rough on your skin, what with the wind, snow and central heating beating down on you. What you may not know, however, is that these awful cold-weather conditions can leave you more prone to breakouts. Ugh. In observance of the six more weeks of this frigid season (thanks a lot, Punxsutawney Phil), we’re rounding up 10 of our favorite preventative care products that promises t protect your skin from further winter breakouts. Here’s how to zap those frosty zits.
Although everyone believes oil is the biggest culprit of breakouts, dry skin, dead skin cells, and leftover dirt and bacteria are equally responsible for clogging your pores. For this reason, it’s super important to keep your skin hydrated. Try finding oil-free moisturizers, like Aveeno’s Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer, to keep your skin soft. This particular product uses an oil-free formula that not only helps clear and prevent breakouts, but can also even out your skin tone. Take things a step further and use an overnight moisturizer, like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque, to keep things extra soft.
WASH WITH A GENTLE CLEANSER
It’s so important to check the ingredients of your face wash. Chemicals and fragrances may be the cause of your breakouts. Try finding a gentle cleanser made with natural ingredients, like Dr. Lin’s Skincare Daily Cleanser. It gently soothes, heals and reduces inflammation to treat sensitive skin types. If your skin isn’t as sensitive, try Philosophy’s Purity One-Step Facial Cleanser.
TONE, TONE, TONE
Some toners may dry your skin out, but if you find the right one, it can actually help to prevent breakouts. Cecilia Wong’s Rejuvenating Toner Mist is the perfect lightweight product to help nourish your skin while stopping acne before it flares up.
BUY A SPOT REMOVER
There are times when you can’t prevent a breakout and pimples happen. For those times, there are spot removers. Try elf’s Zit Zapper or Origins’ Super Spot Remover for instant treatment and relief. Both products contain blemish-busting salicylic acid that quickly work to remove unexpected (and unwelcome) pimples.
USE A MINERAL POWDER FOUNDATION
If you find that you are more prone to breakouts, you may need to lay off the liquid foundation. Instead, swap it out for a more gentle, lightweight mineral powder, like this one from Bare Minerals. It delivers flawless coverage, has built in SPF and is free of preservatives, oil and other chemicals that can irritate skin and cause breakouts. Plus, it looks SO amazing on. Trust us.
FIND ORGANIC HAIR PRODUCTS
You may find that you’re breaking out in less than desired places, like the back of your neck or the sides of your face. This might be caused by the products you’re using in your hair, namely your shampoo. If your skin is super sensitive, try using a natural shampoo, like John Masters Lavender Rosemary Shampoo. It’s made with organic ingredients that won’t leave you itchy and irritated.
CARRY CLEANSING WIPES
For those long days when you’re away from home for hours upon hours and you’re in dire need of refreshing your face, carry cleansing wipes in your purse, like these from Simple. They’re great for removing makeup before the gym and are a lifesaver for those unplanned sleepovers. Wink wink.
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