Temperatures are dropping, and the days are getting shorter. Summer feels like a distant memory, and you’ve probably stashed away all of your sun block. That doesn’t mean that you should stash your skincare regime away as well. Cold weather carries its own unique set of skin care issues; when that thermometer goes down and the heating bill shoots up, dry skin and windburn often rear their ugly heads.
To keep these cold weather skin bugbears at bay, give a few of these cold weather skin care tips a go:
- Drink up! Our bodies are mostly water; in fact roughly 70% of the human body is good old’ H2O. Most people tend to drink less than what their bodies truly need, and one of the first signs of dehydration is –you guessed it—dry skin. So, to make sure that your skin, and the rest of you of course, stays properly hydrated, drink 6-8 glasses per day.
- Cover up. The parts of the body most vulnerable to frigid temperatures and biting winds are the ones that are the most exposed: the face and hands. When you’re outdoors, protect your face and hands from the wind and the cold by pulling on a pair of gloves, pulling a hat over your forehead and wrapping a scarf over your nose and cheeks. Not only will you keep the worst of the windburn at bay, but you’ll be extra toasty as well!
- Slather on the moisturizer. During warmer seasons, using a lighter, thinner moisturizer is pretty much the way to go. The opposite is true when cold weather comes around. You don’t have to worry about stickiness and sweatiness quite so much, and the cold weather can lead to some desiccating conditions, so pull out the extra-thick stuff and spread it on generously!
- Go for oil-based skin cleansers. Alcohol is great for getting rid of germs and excess skin oil. In fact, it pretty much strips the skin of all of its oil, thanks to its harsh nature. Even “moisturizing” alcohol-based formulas can strip your skin of essential oils. So, to help keep your skin hydrated during the cold months, go for oil-based cleaning products. A lot of formulations –especially those made with natural oils, like sunflower oil- are great, even for oily skin.
- Don’t put away the sun block. Just because you aren’t going to the beach anymore doesn’t excuse you from observing basic skin protection! Even though the days are shorter and the sun isn’t quite as bright, the sun is still up there, and it can still hurt your skin. Add that to the fact that snow and ice can reflect UV rays, and you’ve got a formula for some rather unexpected sunburn. So, before going outdoors, smooth a bit of sun block on the exposed parts of your skin, to keep it protected and happy.
- Turn on the humidifier. Cold air is usually quite dry, and indoor space heaters tend to sap moisture out of virtually everything, including your skin. To counteract this tag-team of desiccation, use a humidifier. Your skin and hair will thank you for it.