It can be extremely stressful to your skin when the seasons are changing. As the weather shifts from hot to cold, the humidity also changes and as a result, drier winters make our skin and hair act differently. When this happens, our skin looks dull and older than its actual age, and sometimes, it can also contribute to flare-ups of skin conditions such as eczema and acne. One of the biggest mistakes people make as the seasons change is that they do not change their skin routine. You should make these very simple changes you can make to prevent the stress of cold weather from affecting the condition of your skin. Take note of these easy skin care tips for cold weather:
1. Adjust your thermostat wisely. Raising the temperature of the thermostat indoors dries out the air and your skin. As a result, you may have dry and flaky skin.
2. Use a humidifier. When the indoor air is dry, try using a humidifier and set its humidity level between 45% and 55% to infuse the air with sufficient moisture for your skin to reap its benefits.
3. Take quick warm showers. Yes, we do agree that long hot showers feel therapeutic during cold days, but when the water temperature gets really high, it strips out the water and natural oils from your skin, making it drier.
4. Avoid using harsh ingredients on your skin. Scented and chemical antibacterial soaps are harsh on your skin, compromising your skin’s natural moisture barrier. Choose mild, natural, and fragrance-free cleansers.
5. Use a moisturizer that multitasks. Right after showering, use a gentle moisturizer that gently removes dry, dead skin cells and locks in moisture at the same time. If your skin is extra dry, choose a cream over a gel or lotion. Choose a product that helps retain moisture and helps replenish the nutrients in the skin.
6. Never forget your hands. Keep them moisturized every time after washing. Skip the conventional hand sanitizer and choose an alternative that contains hydrating components.
7. Your feet need TLC too. A regular body lotion may not be enough for your feet. Try using a thicker cream that penetrates rough and dry skin on your feet.
8. Go easy on the exfoliating. Reduce the frequency of your facial peels and scrubs to avoid skin irritation.
9. Wear soft clothing. Avoid abrasive or irritating fabrics such as polyester or wool, especially on your neck. Stick to soft and breathable fabrics like cotton.
10. Eat nutritious food. Choose foods that are rich in antioxidants. These types of food will help nourish your skin from the inside out and keep it young and healthy.