It’s that time of the year, where it’s cold and it makes your skin dry due to the weather. Each day, we get through the day with heater systems in the house, office, store, car, etc. Everywhere we go we encounter cold winds and then we go into our house, a building, or our car and it’s warm. However, no matter how much you bundle up your face will still be exposed to some degree.
Furthermore, due to the change in weather, cold weather is harsh on your skin. During the winter months you experience cold air, wind, and low humidity. Taking care of your skin in the winter months can prevent your skin from chapping, cracking, and drying.
It’s cold outside and sometimes even indoors, therefore, we tend to forget the need to moisturize our skin throughout the day during the cold months. Winter air is drier and humidity is lower so we may forget our skin care routine because we’re cold and tired! Usually, when it’s cold it gets dark outside early and that makes us tired because we think it’s late. However, the change in the weather coupled with dry indoor temperatures from heaters steal our skin’s moisture. There are many products available to keep your skin moisturized. Additionally, I like to use a rich, oil-based moisturizer during the winter months.
During the winter months I use a different moisturizer compared to summer months. Even though I have oily skin, it gets a little crazy during the summer, because of where I live. I have learned by trial and error (ha) what products work best for my skin during the summer and winter months.
Having oily/combination skin can be a challenge if you do not properly care for it. During the winter months you may experience dry patches on your face and you may wonder what is going on! Additionally, you still need to take care of your skin and use a moisturizer that will keep your skin looking good!
I don’t think I have said this enough, haha, I feel as if in every post I speak about drinking water. During the winter months I drink more water than I usually would during the summer months. I drink a lot of water in the summer, however, I actually have a taste for it because it’s so hot but it’s not the same during the winter. It’s cold and sometimes I don’t even think about drinking water because I want warm drinks such as tea and hot chocolate.
Additionally, I drink a bottle of water every morning, for lunch I pack two water bottles and for dinner I have another water bottle. I usually wake up thirsty and then when I eat my lunch and dinner I include water and if I want some orange juice or anything else I have to drink water first. This pretty much reminds me that I need to keep my body hydrated rather than avoiding water altogether because I want something else.
By keeping your body hydrated your skin will follow suit and you will avoid dry and/or chapped skin.
Even though it is the winter you may say to yourself that you do not need sunscreen. However, that is not true and you should apply sunscreen year-round. Some people live in states that experience a lot of snow, however, just because the sun isn’t out doesn’t mean that your skin is not exposed to sun damage.
What many people fail to realize is that during the winter months, ultraviolet rays are still present and you need to protect your skin while being outdoors.
Do not forget to use sunscreen during the cold months just because you do not see the sun out.
During the winter months, your skin takes a beating with the change in weather and the hot, dry air indoors. This can cause a pileup of dead skin cells which may make your skin look flaky and patchy. Exfoliate is very important, however, make sure you do not overdo it.
In the winter, it is best to exfoliate once a week rather than multiple times. The reason is that skin cells dehydrate and dry faster in the cold rather than in the warm months.
According to Joshua Zeichner, M.D., “exfoliating helps enhance radiance. As cells accumulate, they interfere with light reflection off the skin, making it look dull.” Therefore, exfoliating can bring that glow back to your skin and it should be part of your skin care routine year-round. Make sure you pay attention to your skin because only you know what works for you and what doesn’t.
At the end of the day it boils down to what you do to take care of your skin. There are many factors that may contribute to why your skin is looking the way it is, besides internal factors there are external factors to consider. However, pay attention to your skin and learn what products work best for you. If for whatever reason you’re experiencing redness, itchiness, and any other type of discomfort switch from using that product.
It is important that we get in the habit of changing our skin care routine according to the season.
If you have any questions or would like to offer any insight you have gotten over the years (from your personal experiences), please leave a comment below. I would love to hear all about it.