Skin Protection: How To Shield It From Winter Elements

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For those that live in areas that truly experience four seasons, they are quite versed in having to shift their skin care routine ever so slightly when the seasons start to change. This is because of how our skin can be deeply affected by the elements it is exposed to. Namely those atmospheric, which change depending on the weather. Some find that their skin is incredibly dry during the winter months. While this can be incredibly uncomfortable and further damage skin, there are ways to combat this issue.

Moisturize More

Its incredibly vital that you moisturize your skin even more during the winter and cold months. Cold weather generally has less humidity than warm weather and so it dries out skin much faster. It also is notoriously harsh on the skin because of other drying elements like wind and wind chill. To protect your skin, its important to moisturize it at least twice a day. This is the case for all skin types in inclement weather. Those who suffer from oily skin should not skimp on applying the moisturizer because its equally as important. Just make sure to opt for a moisturizer that is oil free and made predominately for skin that produces excess oil.

Introduce The Humidifier

As stated above, when it gets really cold, especially in places where wind chill is high, humidity is generally really low in the air. This is especially true if your home or office blasts any type of central heat or makes use of space heaters to keep the rooms warm. The blasts of hot air are incredibly dry and will zap your skin of necessary moisture. Setting up a humidifier in your room will put healthy amounts of moisture in the air. This moisture will help aid the dryness of your skin. Change the water in the humidifier often and use distilled water if possible.

Skip Exfoliates And Peels

Sometimes those great masks, peels and exfoliate scrubbing skin products need to take a bit of a break during the winter months. While they are incredibly helpful in keeping faces fresh, eliminating dead skin and shrinking pores, they can be incredibly drying. If you must use these products, use them as sparingly as possible. Maybe once every other week. Also, make sure you lather the face with moisturizer once taking the mask or peel off.

Dont Forget The Sunscreen

So many people dont even think that theyd have to incorporate sunscreen in their skin care routine during the winter months because the sun sometimes hides for weeks or months at a time. What they dont realize is that sun rays are powerful and penetrate cloud coverage no matter what the weather looks like. A lower SPF is acceptable this time of year, but dont eliminate it from the regimen altogether. Its imperative for your skin health and to combat dryness.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Always drink a lot of water! It helps eliminate dry sky everywhere, on your face, lips and hands when you are well hydrated. Even if you gravitate towards coffee and tea during the winter months to keep warm, dont forget about the good ole H2O.

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