Monday, January 9, 2012

How to Care Pores in Winter?

The constant temperature fluctuations as you move between the cold conditions outdoors and the dry heat indoors makes winter a miserable season, in terms of your skin. Exposed areas, such as your face, suffer the worst, but skin all over your body is likely to be dryer and itch more during the winter. You may want to take a few extra measures during your winter skin-care regimen to mitigate the effects of this skin-irritating climate.
Traditional winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin. The weather outdoors is typically cold, windy and varies between dry and humid. The indoor climate is much warmer -- having the heat on makes your body more comfortable, but is very drying for your skin. Your face bears the brunt of both situations, since it's the one area on your body most exposed to winter's sometimes extreme conditions. Existing skin conditions may become worse and skin dryness and irritation may increase.
If you typically have enlarged pores, these aren't going to improve in the winter. They may even appear larger, or open, for several reasons. One cause is the typically dryer skin on your face in the winter. As the dry skin dies and flakes, the pores are more easily clogged by this dead skin, making them appear enlarged. A second cause is that people often use heavier creams or moisturizers in winter weather conditions, thinking that they're protecting their skin against the harsh weather. Unfortunately, these heavier products also are more likely to clog pores, leading them to appear larger.
There are measures that you can take to protect your facial skin in the winter and minimize your pores' enlarged appearance. Use gentle cleansing and moisturizing products when cleansing your skin. Moisturize your skin frequently, but look for products that are oil-free and noncomedogenic, which means that they shouldn't clog pores.
You can also make environmental changes that may help keep your skin looking its best. Minimize the drying effects of indoor air by using a humidifier or vaporizer in the rooms where you spend the most time. It may seem counterintuitive, but occasionally open a window to allow air exchange so that fresher air can replace the often stale air inside closed homes.
You can't make large pores disappear, regardless of the season or weather conditions, but you can minimize the appearance of large pores during the winter months. Don't use harsh cleansing or toning products, even if you have oily skin. Gentle and more frequent washing will help keep dry skin from clogging and enlarging pores; however, don't use extremely hot or extremely cold water, since these can be drying. When moisturizing, avoid heavy creams or oily products, as these may also clog pores.

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