As soon as the weather changes from warm to cold, it’s time to give your skincare regimen an update. While there are some who enjoy the comforts of a cup of hot chocolate in their PJs and working at home, there are those who need to venture out in the cold every day to go to work or school.
But whether you stay mostly indoors or out during the cold months, your skin will thank you if you make the extra effort to keep your skin from drying and peeling. Taking care of your skin will also keep acne, eczema and other cold-weather-related skin conditions at bay.
In addition to getting cosmetic treatments for the face that are perfect for the cold season, here are a few tips you can use to keep your skin radiant and healthy all throughout fall and winter.
- Use a Humidifier
Low temperatures can cause the air inside the home to dry out. Using a humidifier can infuse moisture into the air, which helps keep your skin from completely drying out. This is especially helpful if you use a heater constantly. Cranking up the thermostat can dry the air and your skin, which can result in dry, itchy, and flaky skin.
- Use Mild Soap
While using antibacterial and deodorizing soap is advantageous during the summer when you tend to sweat a lot, using the same type of soap bar during the cold months may cause damage to your skin. The reason is such beauty products contain harsh chemicals that could block your skin’s natural moisture, causing more dryness.
- Slather on Moisturizer
Instead of toweling dry after a shower, just pat your skin to rid of excess water. Then apply moisturizer on your skin while it’s still damp to lock in moisture.
- Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables
Your skin will benefit greatly if you feed it with antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Blueberries, pumpkin, pomegranate, squash and cranberries are antioxidant-laden foods that will nourish your skin and help keep it radiant all through the cold months.
- Wear Soft Clothes
Abrasive fabrics will do more harm than good to your skin, so be sure to wear soft clothing, especially when it has direct contact on your skin, like a scarf.
If, no matter what you do, your dry skin remains stubborn and is giving you discomfort, consult with Dr. Douglas Key, an expert in cosmetic regenerative medicine, who is also a board-certified dermatologist. He can analyze the type of your skin and create a personalized treatment plan for you.