Avoiding the Skin Care Woes of Winter

Ruth Tedaldi

December 8th, 2014

Unless you live in Florida, parts of SoCal or Hawaii, most of us have said our farewells to beach parties and BBQ’s on the deck. Fall is also a beautiful time, especially if you live a part of the country where the leaves change. Much like leaves signal the transition of one season to another, our skin will also let us know that we have stepped out of warm balmy nights and into days that are cooler, dryer and in some ways, just as harsh on the skin as those long lazy days under the sun at the beach.

So many of our day-to-day activities are dictated by the weather, and I’m always a bit shocked when I learn that people maintain the same skincare regimen year-round. You wouldn’t wear a wool coat in the summer, or go swimming in an unheated pool during the winter, right? The answer may seem obvious and silly, however, your skin also has unique needs that differ based on the climate.

For this post, I’d like to share a couple of tips on how to keep your skin healthy and glowing during the cold winter months.

It’s not just the cold dry air that can cause skin to lose moisture and vital natural oils, being inside with the heater blasting can also cause skin to dry out and become tight and itchy…and that’s just for regular healthy skin. Winter can also make skin problems worse.

As seasons start to change, pay attention to how your skin reacts. Do you find yourself scratching more? Does your face wash seem to dry you out more than it usually does? Do your lips look unnaturally chapped when going to apply makeup? Are you having to reapply hand cream more often? Don’t ignore these symptoms—your body is trying to tell you something.

To combat some of the common issues listed above, I’d recommend:

  • Lower the temperature of the showers or baths you take
  • Switch to milder soaps and detergents that won’t react as harshly on your skin, especially when laundering your bed linens
  • Avoid itchy fabrics that will irritate your skin
  • Try a richer and creamier body lotion
  • Develop a cold weather regimen with products that are more nourishing and hydrating
  • For more serious issues, consult your dermatologist. Your doctor can help you develop a personalized winter care plan

I’m happy to address any of your questions and comments. Do you already have a cold weather skincare regimen? Do you have any great product recommendations? Let us know!

As a reminder, always consult your physician before starting any new treatment.

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