Cold Weather Skin Care 101
The change of seasons can be very stressful on your skin, especially when going from warmer summer months to cold fall/winter. This transition most commonly makes your skin look dull and older than its years, but it can also cause sudden flare-ups of skin conditions such as acne and eczema. One of the biggest mistakes people make with the change of seasons is neglecting to adjust their skin care routine, if they are even sticking to one in the first place. The good news is that there are simple changes you can make to prevent the stress of cold weather from affecting your skin!
Decreased temperatures mean a drop in humidity, taking moisture not only out of the air, but also out of your skin. While staples like a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water are crucial for healthy skin, making a few skincare changes and adopting a handful of new habits can help manage the discomfort of Dry Skin Season and keep your skin feeling silky smooth year round.
Here are some quick and easy tips to keep you glowing all year round:
Easy On The Heat. Turning up the heat indoors seems like a natural response to chilly winter weather, but raising the thermostat indoors dries the air, and skin out even more. The result is dry, flaky skin that is itchy and uncomfortable.
Use A Humidifier. To remedy a dry home, bring in a humidifier and set humidity level between 45% and 55% to infuse the air with enough moisture for you skin to reap the benefits.
Shower Right. While most of us prefer a piping hot shower, consider adjusting the temperature to warm, instead of super hot as this can strip your skin of moisture and natural oils. Also, find a body wash that isn’t too harsh, as this can compromise your skin’s natural moisture-barrier. After you dry off, be sure to moisturize.
Ease Up On Exfoliating. Reduce the frequency of your facial exfoliation and use of face-masks, as these can dry out your skin during the colder months.