Here in California, our fall season has started off with unusually warmer than average temperatures and very dry conditions. There’s a good chance that your skin may be feeling like sandpaper these past few weeks, and we’re feeling your pain. But even If you live in another part of the country, or in another country altogether, any drop in temperatures means lower humidity levels and this spells out dry winter skin. During the warmer months, you may notice an increase in oil production. But as the weather begins to cool down, your skin’s hydration levels change as well. So how can we bring some relief to this itchy problem? To help you out, we’ve got some tips for your dry winter skin that will come in handy this season.
Before we get into actual skincare, let’s begin with some basics. Drink plenty of water. It’s very straightforward and simple. Water keeps your body and skin hydrated. You may not see an immediate effect just by drinking water alone, as your skin’s hydration levels are largely dependent on other factors. However, water provides essential nourishment for our entire body and brain. It also helps to regulate our body temperature and gives us a boost of energy. But in general, if you’re feeling thirsty, chances are your skin is feeling it too.
It’s also essential that we avoid things that can exacerbate our dry skin. Try to limit your exposure to high heat and low humid environments. Depending on where you live, this may be easier said than done since you can’t control the weather. However, a couple of other things you can do to prevent your dry winter skin include avoiding too much time under the sun and drinking too much alcohol.
Sun protection is absolutely critical all year-round. You should be making sure that you’re applying an SPF product every day of the year. The sun’s UV rays don’t hibernate during the winter months. They can still be very powerful and can cause your skin to become even more dehydrated, or worse; the sun can damage your skin. Use an SPF moisturizer protects against both UVA & UVB rays. Not only does it offer protection against the sun, but it also helps to prevent premature aging.
On top of being beneficial when you’re under the weather and feeling congested, humidifiers can be your best friend during a dry winter spell. Humidifiers work with increasing moisture levels inside your home. This increase in moisture in the air can help soothe skin that’s dry and itchy.
We get it. It’s cold outside, and nothing sounds more appealing than taking a long steamy hot shower. Just the thought of cold water running down your body is enough to give anyone the chills. However, hot water will dry out your skin even more. We’re not saying to shower with ice-cold water but use lukewarm water instead. This should be comfortable enough temperature-wise and your skin will thank you for it for the rest of the day.