Once colder weather settles in, we tend to stay indoors, turn on the heat, and get cozy. That sounds lovely, doesn’t it? It’s usually a welcome change, especially once pumpkin spice and peppermint lattes are available, but our skin tends to think otherwise.
If you're moving less, not drinking as much water, spending time in cold or windy conditions, and using low-humidity indoor heating, your skin can become very dry, itchy, and dull. And if you have eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne, or other skin issues, cold weather factors will only exacerbate those issues. No one wants that! Let's look at five things you can do today to help your skin.
Drink plenty of water
This one is a no-brainer. When we slow down and stay indoors, we think we don't need as much water as when we're active outside. Even if you don't think you're thirsty, keep refilling that water bottle!
Use a humidifier
If you don't have a humidifier built into your heat source, use a portable one in your bedroom while you sleep or where you spend a lot of time during the day. A humidifier will counteract the dry air that cold weather and indoor heating bring.
Keep hot baths and showers short
Even though a long, hot bath or shower seems luxurious when it's cold outside, spending extra time under hot water can actually deplete your skin's hydration. The hot water can strip your skin's natural oil barrier and allow any hydration to evaporate. If your skin barrier is already compromised by a skin issue, hot water will only make the problem worse. Try to limit your time or turn down the temperature.
Exfoliate face and body
Use a gentle exfoliator or wash cloth 1-2 times a week to prevent congested pores that lead to dull and irritated skin. This scrub is great for the body, and leaves a layer of moisturizer on your skin without leaving an oily mess in your tub.
Layer your skincare
Lock in hydration and protect skin by adding another layer—for example, a facial oil on top of a water-based lotion. Layering will help keep hydration in, and the elements out. This facial oil is great for layering on face or body.
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