I get it. Boy, do I ever get it.
See, I was not born in a temperate climate. I grew up in sunny, tropical Singapore and grew up in perpetual summer and high humidity. So when I first arrived in the United States for graduate school, I landed in snowy Michigan in January. I had never seen so much snow in my life, and had no idea how to deal with winter weather. Let alone winter skin.
I had grown up assuming that I'd had oily skin, but everything dried out very quickly the moment I started living in the North. My once oily skin became dry, leathery and scaly, and my rosacea worsened. Desperate, I went to a dermatologist, who declared me allergic to all moisturizers and forbade me to wear any. So, I endured exceedingly dry skin every winter, with deepening wrinkles and increased acne (the irony!) each year.
Things started getting better when I discovered Korean Skin Care and the concept of layering your skincare. The light gentle layers, focusing on hydrating your skin rather than drying it out, improved my skin a lot. But things didn't fundamentally change for my skin until I created Sabbatical Beauty--because I create products which fundamentally change your skin through giving it the nutrition it needs to heal and nurture itself, rather than covering up problems with a superficial injection of moisture.