Believe it or not, dry skin is not the only issue you will face in the cold season. Acne, though thought to be a summer skin problem (what with all the heat and humidity), can rear its ugly head in the winters, too. The only difference? You’re more likely to see blackheads and whiteheads while pimples, papules and pustules take a backseat.
Why The Winter Woes?
- Often, acne breakouts are not about what you put on your skin, but what you put in your body. Watch your diet. Being the holiday season, there’s a good chance you might be giving into your food cravings and loading up on processed foods, sugar-laden treats, and heat-y meat servings that can cause your skin to breakout.
- Also, the cold air saps moisture from your skin and to compensate for this loss, your skin produces more oil. This could mean that your exposed pores can fill up with dirt from your surroundings; hence, the blackheads.
- Sometimes, people who suffer from extremely dry skin slather on moisturizer to combat the dryness. This again could interfere with your skin’s sebum levels as dense moisturizers can clog the pores.
- And let’s not ignore the fact that oils from your hair and skin transfer onto the surfaces you’re in contact with (like your pillow), and transfer back onto your skin—with the added germs.
- Lastly, the dead skin cells accumulate at a faster rate during winters, and if left unexfoliated, can literally create an unhealthy layer all over your skin.
Our Favorite Resolve
Hemp oil. It is now considered the holy grail of skincare solutions.
- Due to its high content of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, hemp oil makes for an excellent natural emollient and moisturizer. It is especially useful for dry, tired or dehydrated skin and nails.
- It has anti-inflammatory properties which will help temper those winter burns around your cheeks.
- Hemp oil works best for acne-prone skin as it is light, therefore, upon application, it does not feel greasy or clog the pores.
- It restores the skin elasticity and increases water retention capacity in tissues. This proves to be a great save during the dry winters.
- The antioxidants and protein improve collagen production to reverse the signs of aging, so fill in those winter wrinkles with some hemp oil.
Winter Acne Solution
Here’s what you do: Simply wet your face with warm water. This will open your pores. Once you’ve done this, take a few drops of hemp oil and rub it into your skin thoroughly. Once you’re satisfied, simply pat dry with a towel.
We also like this hemp oil body butter recipe for those who are interested in a jarful of winter goodness.