Adult Acne: 5 Skin-Saving Tips For The Winter
Why, why, why? We hear you, Organica readers! Why are your breakouts on the up now that winter’s here?
Well, we’ve been doing the research. When the temperature plummets, so does moisture in the air, and when the skin's natural moisture is compromised, it is less able to fight bacteria. The moisture on your skin acts as a defense mechanism to germs and unfriendly substances, so when the environment is drying it up, your skin's natural defenses are down.
Our body naturally produces an oil called sebum. Sebum helps keep our skin stay hydrated, but in colder months the air takes it away from our skin. Our T-zone (the area between your forehead, nose, and chin) produces the most sebum, and that's the area you're most likely to get pimples in winter as the body tries to make more of it, trying to combat the changes in the atmosphere.
Also, we all assumed acne was a teenage problem only, right? Wrong! Nearly, 50 percent of women will suffer from acne at some point in their adult lives, with over half of women being in their 20s and up to 35 percent of women in their 30s experiencing some form of acne. The cold weather is just exasperating an already pretty frustrating fact.
The science may make sense, but skin is a sensitive issue for many because when it's behaving badly it can have a negative effect on our self-esteem and mood, as well as not be too friendly to look at. So, what’s up with our woeful winter skin, and how can we make it better?
Fear not! The team at Organica has consolidated the five best bits of expert advice on how to win over winter skin and put an end to pesky pimples, with the most natural methods - just the way we like it.
Park The Picking
Our hands touch everything! From pressing door handles to petting dogs, scrolling over greasy phone screens to snacking on chips - and all the bacteria living on those things, transfers directly to your face if you touch it - easily resulting in a pimple! Clean your hands regularly, and start to be mindful of where your fingertips wander during the day. You probably touch your face more than you think!
Also, resist the temptation to squeeze a spot. It can spread infection and permanently scar the skin - not good! When we pop a pimple, we can actually push bacteria and dead skin deeper. The follicle wall is then at risk of rupturing and could infect the innermost layer of the skin. Even if it looks like you’re getting a lot of dirt out, chances are infected material has tunneled into the deepest part of the skin from below because of the pressure you’ve exerted. Trust us: the less intervention from your hands, the better!
Many of us don't drink as much water in the winter. This can leave our bodies trying to overcompensate with sebum and too much can clog up the pores. So, get ahead of your body and aim to drink at least 2 liters of water a day - this is about 8 to 10 glasses - and you’ll reap further benefits like more energy and brighter looking eyes. Try to avoid too much caffeine and drink alcohol in moderation as both dries out the skin.
Shorten Your Showers
Staying clean might seem like an obvious solution, but actually can just make the problem worse. External contact with hot water can dry out the skin further, putting an extra dent in your skin’s defenses and ramp up the risk of a breakout.
Turn down the temperature, and turn on the timer. Not only will this work for your skin - reducing your shower time can do wonders for the planet too! An average American uses 25,300 gallons of water a year and an average shower uses 5 gallons per minute. Shaving off those extra minutes also saves you money - your water usage appears on your energy bill as well as your water bill so it’s a no brainer!
Moisturize In Moderation
If your skin is drier in winter, we need to load it with moisture… right? Your instinct may be to lather on a big dollop of face cream, but this can actually have the opposite effect! Over moisturizing can lead to congestion, stopping the skin from breathing and causing it to erupt in pimples.
In our Organica range, we’ve got the perfect, natural solution. Why not try out our 100% organic Rosehip Oil? Our hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, cold-pressed rosehip seed oil is packed with skin-enriching vitamins that nourish, lift and tighten pores, soothe any redness and calm blemishes. It also promotes skin healing, so it improves the appearance of scars and sun damage. It doesn’t have a greasy finish, so it provides plenty of hydration without over-clogging and encourages a healthy and natural glow. This amazing, fast-acting oil can fight acne & oxidization whilst rapidly settling sensitive or blemished skin - perfect for winter! It’s also paraben and sulfate-free - a gorgeously natural product that helps the skin on its way to a nourishing glow.
Another good tip is to try covering your face with a scarf or some other form of protection when you’re outdoors, as cold air causes the skin to become inflamed.
Give Stress A Rest
Anxiety, worry and emotional stress can be a big part of the holiday season for many, but stress can also trigger a breakout blow up! Take time out for you. Prioritize your yoga practice, mellow out in meditation, get lost in a book or pop to a pilates class - easing anxiety may help contribute to healthier looking skin as well as play host to lots of other benefits for the mind and soul!
It might feel like the end of the world when you look in the mirror and see red blots of skin staring back at you. Remember, you’re not defined by the quality of your skin, but by the quality of your heart but these tips should help support the skin to flourish during winter. However, sometimes persistent and angry acne can be a sign of an underlying issue like a hormonal imbalance, so if nothing eases the symptoms off, it might be worth checking in with the doctor.
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