Cold weather is here to stay and that means a change in more than just the landscape. Cooler weather means saying goodbye to shorts and sandals and hello to sweaters and coats. It means opting for hot soups and drinks over fruity, summer salads and frosty beverages. As we’re changing our clothes and diet for the season, we should also take time to re-evaluate our skin care routines. Indoor heating and winter weather can cause dramatic changes in our skin. At the same time, we still have to be cautious of UV exposure.
Following these six tips can help you look and feel great as you make the seasonal switch.
1. All Hands on Deck!
When considering our skin care needs, it is easy to overlook our hands. Drier skin might prompt us to use lotion, but sometimes lotion isn’t enough to fully protect hands.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends selecting a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher with broad spectrum coverage that is also water resistant (with back-to-school you’ll be washing hands more frequently). We recommend keeping a tube of Sunright SPF 35 or Sunright SPF 50 in your car so you can apply it as needed to stay protected while on the go.
Wearing gloves and remembering the sunscreen are important while engaging in these activities as well. Not spending time outdoors? Keep some extra hand lotion close by to fend off irritating, dry, flaky skin.
2. Good Hydration
You’ve heard this one before: six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, right? But water consumption isn’t one size fits all. Depending on you, your diet, and your activity level, you may require more or less water each day. Rather than worrying about sticking to a prescribed amount of water, try incorporating these tips to avoid parched skin and dehydration.
· Drink on a schedule.
· Try starting and ending the day by drinking a glass of water.
· Drink water with your lunch and dinner.
· Set a reminder to drink a small glass of water at the top of each hour.
You can also eat to hydrate. About 20% of our daily water intake comes from foods we eat. Cucumbers, celery, radishes, baby carrots, green bell peppers, spinach, cauliflower, grapes, pears, and cranberries are all at least 81% water by weight. Plus, the extra nutrition provided by these thirst-quenching fruits and veggies certainly won’t hurt either.
3. Shower Smart
There is nothing quite as soothing as a hot shower or bath, right? Well, not exactly.
As the air in our homes (and consequently, our skin) dries out, hot showers can actually irritate skin further. The Mayo Clinic suggests limiting bath or shower time and using warm water instead of hot to avoid losing the oils that are typically stripped from the skin in a long, hot bath or shower. After a gentle pat dry (no need to scrub the skin you just cleaned) make sure to moisturize while skin is still slightly damp. For dry skin, we recommend applying some Perennial Intense Body Moisturizer or Epoch Baobab Body Butter. For extra soothing power, try covering skin with a warm, damp towel for five minutes.
4. Lip Service
One of the first telltale signs of changing weather is dry, chapped, cracked, or peeling lips. Lips are particularly vulnerable because the skin of the lips is much thinner than other skin, consisting of three to five cellular layers instead of up to 16 layers on the rest of the face. Additionally, lips have very little melanin, the pigment that colors the skin and helps protect against sun damage.
Most people are getting better at applying sunscreen to the body, but they’re not as good at protecting their lips.
Men and women should apply a lip balm with an SPF of 15 or higher year-round to protect their lips from sun damage. A good lip balm can help shield against the effects of changed weather as well. We recommend carrying your Sunright Lip Balm 15 with you and reapplying liberally throughout the day.
5. Humidify to Combat Dry
When the air is colder and drier, skin can’t hold onto as much moisture as it can with warm air, you need to supplement moisture because when it gets dry enough, the moisture on our skin evaporates into the air.
When skin is too dry, it can appear sallow, making wrinkles more prominent. Dryness can also lead to flaking, cracking, and irritating itchiness. Consider adding a warm air humidifier to your room and run it while you sleep. In addition to a number of health benefits, the added moisture can combat the skin-drying effects of heating systems in cooler months.
A great idea to prevent itchiness due to dry skin, a humidifier! It can do more than just relieve symptoms, it can prevent them. Turning on your humidifiers when you begin using the heating system in your home.
6. Get in Touch with Your (Cooler) Self
You know best which changes you’ll need to make to your skin care regimen as the seasons change. Think about your past experiences and be prepared for inevitable changes that are unique to you.
Do your face and body tend to get much drier as the weather cools? Get armed and ready with a more gentle cleanser and a richer facial cream. Consider changing from a body wash designed to rid the skin of excess summer sweat and oils to one that helps retain moisture like Nu Skin’s Liquid Body Bar. You may want to consider switching your facial cleanser as well. For drier skin, we recommend giving ageLOC Gentle Cleanse and Tone a try. Are you used to exfoliating a lot in the summer to maintain your “glow”? You don’t have to stop exfoliation altogether, but consider less frequency or a more gentle formula .
Yet another possibility is to add new products during the cooler months. Help facial skin retain moisture with a moisturizing mask (we like Creamy Hydrating Mask). And even if you skimp in the summer, now is a great time to reintroduce your night cream. Try ageLOC Transforming Night for visibly younger looking skin.
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