Why your humidifier doesn't work as well as you do

Congratulations! You did. You have successfully invented the right routine for your skin. You know exactly what you need to do to keep it balanced, hydrated and break free. You look good. In reality, you glow.

And then … you move. Or you are someone like me and trade in their Thanksgiving every month with a stiff Manhattan interior for humidity in Miami. (The things you do for the family!) The new climate throws a bag of wrenches on your face and you keep standing, dipping, diving and diving through a bunch of new skin problems you've never even thought of. & # 39; The skin can really act if the climate changes, and it may & # 39; t take a few weeks for it to be back in balance, & # 39; explains New York esthetician Sofie Pavitt. & # 39; Customizing products and customizing your routine is a & # 39; great way to compensate. & # 39; What kind of adjustment do you say? Let us guide you through the key products to exchange.

Cold → Hot

Traveling to a place with more sun and sweat is a call to reconsider your moisturizer. Leaving heavy ice behind – like putting on your snow pants if you get in a heated car and carrying something heavy on your face – is just uncomfortable. "Switch oil-based ice cream to lightweight gel moisturizers," says Pavitt. "Serums and essences are lightweight and don't let you feel trapped by the heat, like heavier oil creams."

Hot → Cold

If you are used to using moisturizers, you should know: this can be the thing that turns your skin red in cold winter temperatures. "Water-based products can freeze on the skin at cold temperatures and capillary bars," Pavitt explains. She suggests switching water-based products to oil-based products. Not only will heavier creams feel good on cold, wind-burned skin, but it will also help strengthen the natural protective barrier, allowing it to function normally. Look for ingredients such as oils (duh), ceramides and fatty acids.

Dry → Moist

"Humid, tough weather can increase oil production," Pavitt says. Although it may feel good if your skin is naturally dry, or if you are used to the weather-induced flakes, you may find that you break away more than usual. To prevent clogged pores, she emphasizes regular exfoliation. & # 39; Acids such as AHA & # 39; s and BHA & # 39; s will keep the surface of the skin soft and pores. & # 39; If you are in a humid, warm place, chase it with a lightweight gel moisturizer. If you are in a humid cold place, then follow exfoliation with a rich cream.

Moist → dry

"At the moment, many of my clients complain about a dull, dry winter skin, and dry heating at home doesn't make it any better," Pavitt says. In dry climates (or in places where you rely on dry heating inside), hydration is the name of the game. Because moisture is not naturally in the air, you need to supplement it. "Pat hyaluronic acid serum on damp skin before covering it with a moisturizer," says Pavitt. You can also mix a few drops in your humidifier if you are no longer bothered with an extra step, or you are looking for a cream already rich in moisturizing ingredients like HA , glycerine or honey to hold on to the moisturizer. And did you know AHA's and BHA's are humectants? It is important to use it in dry climates for various reasons: it reduces flakiness, promotes deeper hydration and helps your skin to stick to that moisture as well.

Country → City

Cities may be a combination of the above temperature and humidity levels, but they are almost always (OK, always always) more polluted than small towns. After moving to the city, you may find yourself breaking out in places you have never broken out before. Now you need to make sure that you get all the outside salt from your skin every morning and evening. & # 39; A soft, milky detergent will clean your skin without removing it, so you can wash in the morning & at night – without skipping. A combination of an antioxidant serum and zinc SPF, which forms a shield between your skin and the outside air, can also help.

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