With the changing seasons may come a change in your skin’s texture and appearance. You might find that as the days get cooler and less humid your skin feels drier and looks less bright. And when the air conditioning goes off and the heat goes on, the air can really be drying!
Here are a few simple things you can do to ward off the effects of winter on your skin.
Use a moisturizer! This applies year round, but especially in drier weather: Perhaps the moisturizer you normally use isn’t as effective as we head into the winter season. Look into using a richer formula than you normally use in warmer months, or add a product that contains hyaluronic acid (HA), which helps keep your skin super hydrated. The best part about HA: it is a naturally-occurring substance in our bodies, and therefore is a viable option for, well, everyone!
Exfoliate! Dry, dead skin cells can hang around on your skin, clogging your pores and making your skin look dull and lifeless. Especially as we get older and cell “turnover” slows down compared to when we were children, we can use a little help revealing younger, healthier cells. There are many options for good exfoliation, including changing to an exfoliating cleanser or mask, chemical peels and regular facials.
Drink plenty of fluids! If you are dehydrated, your skin will show it. Keep a bottle of water handy, maybe add some fresh fruits for added benefit (i.e. Spa Water) or add a few slices of apple and a stick of cinnamon for an Autumn-y kick. Or, put one of our medical grade hydrating sprays or an HA moisturizer in the refrigerator, and enjoy the cooling, hydrating effects!
Switch to a different makeup formula! Most cosmetic companies offer foundations in different formulas. While a powder may work best for you in summer, a creamy or liquid foundation could be the ticket for better-looking, more hydrated skin in winter.
Keep your body skin moisturized, too! Besides lotion, a nice treat for dry hands and feet is a paraffin wax bath. Paraffin wax is an emollient approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a treatment to soften and smooth skin [source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration] and the warmth of a paraffin wax bath is soothing for aches and pains. Treatments are available in many spa settings, but you can also purchase baths for use at home.
In the season of giving, give yourself a little extra attention. You will find that your skin will show its gratitude!