by kylee seamans
Due to the cold wind of the winter, a large number of people with acne prone skin or seasonal acne break out. If a proper and efficient skin care routine is not kept, the dry air can cause an overproduction of natural oils that will end up clogging the pores or can cause the skin to dry out and crack.
For people with dry skin, the weather often causes even drier skin than it would in the other seasons. Acne for dry skin can be fought with something as simple as a nourishing moisturizer or a sheet mask. In addition, a cleanser with no harsh or drying chemicals can moisturize the skin while cleaning it at the same time. Argan oils and other natural oils provide moisture for the skin and place healthy oils onto the skin, making it so that there are less harmful oils replacing the healthy oils.
However, this may not be the case for people with oily skin. The dry weather can cause many people with more oily skin to search stores for any type of oil-fighting cleanser to attack the excess grease. Drying cleansers damage skin more than they help, therefore when people with oily skin using a drying cleanser without also completing a proper routine afterward, their skin can generate more natural oils to try and replace the moisture that was taken out of the skin, leaving a further shiny complexion. If using an oil-combating cleanser, one should follow with a toner and light moisturizer. A product known for its skin benefits is witch hazel. “People use it as a toner but it also clears up acne really well,” said Freshman Sarah Stevers, a makeup artist for the play 1940’s Radio Hour. Witch hazel tightens pores while clearing dirt, bacteria, and excess amounts of oils from the skin. Stevers also recommended using organic products and to avoid using harsh chemicals such as parabens, synthetic colors, and fragrances that may damage a person’s skin. Another product that can be used is apple cider vinegar. One should use light amounts of the vinegar by applying it to the skin via cotton pad and watering down the vinegar to bring down the acidity, as well as coconut oil which a natural moisturizer has antibacterial and antifungal properties that can fight harmful oils and bacteria in the skin. It also helps combat brittle hair by providing healthy oils that are needed in hair. The cold winter air also further dries out hair, taking away its shine and leaving behind frizz. To fight frizzy hair, Senior Alexis Pereira uses argan oil. “I just put a little bit of oil in [my hair] to make sure that it’s nice, smooth, even, and [pressed] down,” she said. Moroccan oil, commonly known as Argan oil or ‘liquid gold,’ treats damaged hair from heat products while also leaving hair smooth and shiny.
Hair and facial routines vary for each individual. When attempting to find a routine that works, one should keep in mind that every person has a different skin and hair type and that they react in different ways when it comes to direct contact with a product. For example, while a person with more acne may have to use a harsher product designed to combat against their certain type of acne, the next person may need something more gentle to combat their skin problems, just like a person with curly hair will most likely use something that will aid their curls instead of a hair product made for straight hair. There is no right or wrong skin or hair care routine due to the extensive amount of skin types. Instead, one will need to find what works for them and their skin type.
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