The change of seasons can strain the quality of your skin, especially when going from warmer summer months to fall and winter season. This transition most commonly makes your skin look dull and feel dry, but it can also spur flare-ups of skin conditions such as acne and eczema.
One of the biggest mistakes people make with the change of seasons is not changing their skin care routine. The good news is that there are simple changes you can make to prevent the stress of cold weather from affecting your skin.
How Your Skin Changes
Decreased temperatures mean a drop in humidity levels, which takes moisture out of your skin. While lifestyle changes such as 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’s my quick hit of easy skin care tips for cold weather:
1. Don’t crank up the heat (too high)
With the chilly weather, turning up the heat might seem like a natural response. But it can dry up the air and your skin even more. The result could be dry and flaky skin that’s itchy.
To offset and balance a dry home, bring in a humidifier and set humidity level between 45% and 55% to infuse the air with enough moisture for your skin.
2. Eat up a harvest
The best high-antioxidant fruits and vegetables are in season right now. My favorites are blueberries, pumpkin and pomegranate and squash. Eating these foods will help feed your skin from regenerating itself and heal potential damaged skin cells.
3. Follow a gentle skincare routine
You maybe taking a long hot shower on cold mornings, but it may strips out the water and natural oils in your skin, thus drying it out. Limit showers to 15-minutes or less, using warm water, rather than water. Avoid overusing using deodorant and antibacterial starts as it’s harsh and abrasive on your skin. Also ease up on exfoliating creams as it also sheds away the natural oils in the skin.
4. Use a multitasking moisturizer.
After showering, instead of roughly rubbing your skin with a towel, blot the skin with a towel gently. Next, apply a body moisturizer while your skin is still damp. Use a formula that gently sloughs off dry, dead skin cells, while also locking in moisture. Look for a cream over a lotion and also check for ceramides on the ingredient list, which are naturally found in the skin’s outer layer, help to retain moisture and can help to replenish the skin’s moisture.
5. Wear soft clothing.
Avoid wearing abrasive or irritating fabrics like wool or polyester directly against your skin, especially the neck. Not only is it bad for you skin, you’ll also feel very itchy too! Stick to soft fabrics, such as soft cotton, especially if they are in direct contact with your skin.