While most consider heat and sun to be the enemy of skin, your complexion meets just as much of an adversary in colder weather as well. Your skin can become dry, irritated and much more sensitive when met with all the external aggressors of autumn and winter. However, if you want to keep your skin nourished and glowing regardless of the weather outside, we have some tips that will help you achieve that.
If your skin is feeling dry, irritated, red and itchy… it’s possible that the culprit is your environment, or more specifically, the weather. Low humidity in the air along with cold temperatures dries out the air which will, in turn, draw moisture & remove natural oils from your skin, making it dry and more prone to irritation. It can even cause conditions like eczema and psoriasis to act up.
So, what are some common signs and symptoms of dry skin?
You’ll probably be able to tell your skin is increasingly dry due to how strained it feels however some of the more prominent symptoms also include redness, raw, irritated skin, a stinging or burning sensation, scaling or flaking, feeling rough to the touch, or even cracks in your skin that make it look as if it has aged suddenly.
Luckily, there are several things you can try to get back that nourished, soft skin. Take a look at the following tips, and if you implement the ones you’re still missing we’re sure you’ll keep your skin happy and rejuvenated all year round.
1. Try using only gentle cleansers.
Make sure you treat your skin to a gentle cleanse during harsh weather. Those that use natural ingredients and aren’t full of fillers would work best for how sensitive skin can get when exposed to strong winds and cold, dry air. Bonus points if your cleanser has moisturizer in it!
2. Use cold or lukewarm water to shower or wash your face.
There’s nothing better than a hot shower at the end of a long, cold day. However, if you want your skin to stay hydrated and soft, you should try to resist the temptation of hot water.
As Baylor College of Medicine has shared, hot showers can damage skin during winter and strip away your skin’s natural oils much faster than using just lukewarm water would.
A hot shower or bath at the end of a cold winter’s day can feel especially soothing. But, to keep your skin nourished, you may want to keep the water temperature closer to lukewarm. The same goes for washing your face, if you can, it’s always best to splash some cold water on it and gently dab or pat it dry with a towel.
3. Adjust your skincare to include products that have antioxidants & no fillers.
During colder months, when your skin is extra sensitive, it’s a good idea to add gentle skincare products that won’t further irritate your skin. Products that have antioxidants and aren’t packed with unnecessary filler ingredients. The ideal way to start is with a gentle cleanse.
That’s exactly what you get when using the Clean Vapor Skinpod! It gently removes any impurities, leaving your skin smooth and hydrated but without stripping it of its natural oils. Follow it up with the Precision Shield Skinpod, ideal for autumn and winter as it’s made with Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract. This powerful active is a great antioxidant for the skin, relieves inflammation as well as protects skin against external aggressors. If your skin is in need of a deep hydration treatment, then Hydro Boost Skinpod is the perfect choice for you, it visibly hydrates skin and with 10 times less product provides 25% more hydration than traditional skincare.
4. Sunscreen… even when the sun isn’t out.
Even though it might be tempting to just place your sunscreen at the bottom of the drawer until next summer, the American Academy of Dermatology Association recommends using sunscreen with at least SPF 30 – even during winter. Even if you can’t see the sun, harmful UV lights can still reach you and stress the moisture barrier of your skin. You can try and find moisturizing creams that have SPF protection as well, or just add a layer of sunscreen on your skin after you’ve already applied your other skincare products.
5. Add some moisture to the air.
The best tool for the dry, autumn and winter months is a humidifier or diffuser! This can help relieve or even prevent skin dryness while acting as a natural moisturizing agent. If you’re using indoor heating during those colder days, the air in your place will likely be dried out as well, which is why a humidifier is such a useful tool!
6. … and also, add some moisture directly to your skin.
You might already know, but whenever you wash your face, you strip away the natural oils of your skin. These natural oils your skin produces are especially important during winter since they help lock in and retain moisture. Moisturizers and products that hydrate or nourish skin are a great addition to your skincare routine for any day of the year, but it’s especially important during winter when you need to replace all the moisture you lose.
7. Don’t forget to moisturize from within… by drinking lots of water!
It seems like in recent years everyone has been talking about the importance of staying hydrated but we have to mention it a bit here as well. Since your skin needs that extra boost of moisture when it’s cold outside, it’s always important to stay hydrated from the inside out. Not drinking enough water affects the appearance of your skin as well as making it more prone to drying out. Bonus tip, eating foods high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids will protect your cells from environmental damage and aid your body in repairing itself.
There you have it! These easy tips will help you keep your skin soft and hydrated even when exposed to harsh weather conditions. If there’s any you haven’t tried so far… There’s no time like today! After only a few weeks, you’ll see visible improvement on your skin.