Caring For Your Skin During The Cooler Months
Winter beauty woes: Caring for your skin during cooler months
Temperatures are poised to plunge this winter and severe climate changes can negatively impact skin. Plus, harsh irritants, dyes and artificial perfumes can trigger sensitivities, making it even more difficult to effectively care for skin.
Simple skincare consulting dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Segal reveals common seasonal sensitive skin triggers and shares her top tips for maintaining healthy-looking, beautiful skin throughout the cooler months.
Stay hydrated: Winter air often lacks moisture, which can cause skin to become dry and sensitive. “Remember to drink one or two liters of water per day,” Segal said. “Also, eat fruits and vegetables that are packed with water, such as apples, celery and cucumbers. These foods can help curb hunger and boost your water intake, to keep you healthy and hydrated all day.”
Re-evaluate your skincare routine: Women change their wardrobes and diets every season, so remember to update your skincare routine too. “Use a gentle, moisturizing cleanser to nourish skin and avoid that tight feeling you can get after washing your face,” Segal suggests. Moisturizer should be applied liberally and frequently. In addition, gently exfoliating once a week will help make skin brighter and more receptive to moisturizer, resulting in a healthy glow. Try using a gentle scrub to lift dry, dead skin cells and help skin look brighter and more evenly textured.
Adjust the heat: When temperatures drop, the natural reaction is to raise the thermostat. However, dry indoor air causes water to evaporate from skin, leaving it dehydrated, tight and flaky. Segal recommends using a humidifier to replace lost moisture in the air. This creates a more humid and moisturized environment for skin. Also, avoid long hot baths or showers because they cannot only compromise skin’s natural lipid barriers, resulting in an increased loss of moisture, but also, in so doing, increase the risk of skin irritation. Applying a rich, non-irritating moisturizer immediately after the bath or shower will help the skin retain moisture, which nourishes and soothes the skin.
Lay it on thick: Despite the chilly air, the sun’s rays are just as strong during the cooler months as they are in the warmer ones. Plus, women who have sensitive skin are more prone to experiencing visible signs of irritation as a result of the sun’s harmful effects. Segal warns, “Going out without wearing sunscreen can lead to redness, burning, breakouts and other damage — no matter what season. Always be sure to incorporate a moisturizer with UVA and UVB protection into your skincare routine each day.”
Take a well-rounded approach: Skin sensitivities can be triggered by lifestyle factors such as diet and stress. “Our skin reflects our overall health, both mind and body. In addition to maintaining a healthy diet, be sure to manage stress levels by taking time each day to decompress. Fitness activities can be a wonderful way to alleviate tension, keeping your mind, body and skin in great shape,” Segal said.
Posted on November 5, 2012, in how to, skin and tagged caring for dry skin, caring for skin during winter, caring for skin in cooler months, taking care of skin, taking care of skin for winter, tips for skin. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.