Cold Weather Skin Care Routine

Cold Weather Skin Care RoutineAs we head into cooler temperatures, the drier air that comes with them causes damage and irritation to your skin. This leads to dry skin, which can crack and become painful, itchy, and overall, uncomfortable. You will have to modify your regular care routine to help keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Here are some tips to help you!

Use a Humidifier 

By utilizing a humidifier, you are helping your skin retain and take in moisture. Humidifiers help in cold weather as these months tend to be dryer, leading to skin needing more hydration than usual. Run the humidifier in the rooms you spend the most time in, such as bedroom, office, kitchen, etc. There is a wide range of sizes and types available in stores for you to choose from. Have an HVAC technician set it up if you want to incorporate a whole-home humidifier into your HVAC system.

Sunscreen is Still Important

It might seem a little weird to put on sunscreen when it’s cold outside, but the sun’s rays can still cause damage. Be sure to cover your face, hands, and neck anytime you go out, as the harmful UV rays can still permeate clouds and cause damage. Snow is even worse; its bright color can reflect up to 80% of the sun’s rays, increasing your risk of exposure. 

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

When the humidity drops, your skin needs something to help you stay hydrated. As often as you can, especially after getting out of the bath or shower, moisturize your body. It’s essential to wash your hands frequently; however, this will take a beating on your hands, so moisturize after. Another aspect to note is that while a lotion is better than nothing, a cream is the best as they are thicker and specifically created to help with hydration. 

Eat Healthy and Stay Hydrated

Eating healthy and staying hydrated should be done year-round and is no different in the winter. Drink plenty of water to help your body and skin stay hydrated from the inside. Foods and supplements that contain omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids such as seeds, seafood, and certain types of oil are great to eat. 

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