With fall and upcoming winter, our skin tends to become drier, compared to summer months. Why does it happen?
Like anything in life, our skin maintains equilibrium with the environment. During the summer months, the air has greater water content (higher humidity), so the water in the skin does not evaporate as much. However, as air is drier in the winter, the water content in our skin is reduced to match the water content in the environment.
The reduction in the water content of our skin manifests as dryness. Our entire body surface is affected: the face, hands, lips, legs. Unaddressed dry skin can develop into flakiness, skin cracking, redness, dullness and inflammation.
A few modifications in your skincare routine will help you maintain healthy skin during cold and dry months:
Incorporate an oil-based serum to reinforce your lipids barrier and to reduce water loss from the skin.
A hydrating serum, rich in actives adds an extra level of hydration and boosts the skin’s ability to produce collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, which help improve the skin’s texture.
Switch to a thicker moisturizer to help keep your skin feeling nice and smooth.
Frequently apply an occlusive balm to your lips containing vegetable butters, waxes and oils to protect your exposed lips from cool temperatures.
Application of body lotions and oils after shower or bath will prevent itching, cracking and flaking.
Hand cream is essential all year round, but even more so during the low humidity season.
Don’t Swear off SPF—Ever! UVA, cancer and pre-mature aging causing UV radiation is active all year round and penetrate clouds and even glass. The application of sunscreen in the morning cannot be emphasized enough.
Invest in a good humidifier to keep the air around you as moist as possible—your skin will thank you.
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Take extra care of your skin to keep it healthy and enjoy our beautiful winter!