How to Take Care of Oily Skin in the Winter

Skin moisturizer is key during the winter months.

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Even though you normally have oily skin that shines and glistens in warm, humid weather, it's a bummer that it can't escape the drying effects of winter. The less-humid air of winter breaks down the top layer of your skin--no matter if it's oily, combination or dry--that keeps the moisture in. The result may be flaking, cracking and irritation of the skin, according to information on the MSN Lifestyle Website. Wait a minute, glamorista. Before you hastily grab the thickest, oiliest moisturizer you can find and slather it on your skin, think again. There's a much better solution for your skin.


Scrub your skin daily with an enzyme exfoliator to slough away dead skin cells that are resting on your face. Ick! While enzyme exfoliators are more gentle than other exfoliators, according to "Marie Claire," you can opt for a oil-free moisturizing cleanser, if your skin is ultra-sensitive.


Pat your skin dry gently with a soft, clean towel. Don't get aggressive and rub, or you may irritate your skin.


Massage a gel lotion or cream into your oily skin to add moisture, but also to keep from adding extra oil to the already oil-prone surface. Extra oil is definitely not what you need. Look for a moisturizer that suits your skin type and has an SPF of at least 15.


Bundle up with extra layers of clothing in the chilly temps, but make sure that only natural fabrics--such as cotton--make contact with your oily skin. Nylon and polyester garments can cause clogged pores and bumps, because they can trap dead skin and oils next to your skin, according to "Marie Claire." Protect your facial area from wind burn with a silk scarf instead of an scratchy and irritating wool one.

Things You'll Need


1.Enzyme exfoliator or moisturizing cleanser

3.Gel cream or lotion or oil-free moisturizer



Tips & Tricks


Humectant skin care products with glycerin and alpha-hydroxy acids will draw water into your skin from the air. Look for products like this that are oil-free for best results.

Wash your skin in lukewarm, never hot, water to prevent moisture loss.

Indoor heat can dry out your skin, even if it's oily. Run a humidifier to bring moisture to your skin and the air, if you spend a lot of time indoors in artificial heat.


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