As the cold season approaches, many of us will have to clench onto hot coffee mugs and make a few lifestyle changes to adjust to the cold season. Cold weather is notorious for damaging the skin, making it irritated, dry, and itchy. The icy and cold conditions can leave your skin feeling dry and raw. Even the most mundane activities during winter, such as sitting by the fire or bathing in hot water, can have detrimental effects on your skin’s health. Let’s take an in-depth look at some of the best ways to take care of your skin during this cold weather.
A quality diet generally has a direct correlation with the health of your skin. Foods rich in proteins, healthy oil, and vitamins are known to improve the health of your skin. If you have dry skin, consider taking foods rich in omega-6 or omega-3 fatty acids. Keep your skin nourished by eating vegetables and fruits such as pomegranate, blueberries, and cranberries that are rich in antioxidants. Eating the right food will help feed your skin from inside out.
This point might seem obvious, but it’s important to lock in your skin’s moisture during the cold season. Upgrade your moisturizer and apply it immediately after jumping out of the shower. Choose moisturizers extracted from natural and hydrating components to help soothe itchy and dry skin.
Your skin takes care of you and your body,perhaps it’s time to return the favor by protecting it from external elements such as the rain and wind by wearing a scarf and gloves. Apply some nourishing lip balm to prevent chapped lips. Wear warm clothes to avoid getting cold. Remember to apply your sunscreen when going out as the winter sun can be as damaging as the summer sun.
Your choice of clothes during the cold weather will also determine the condition of your skin. Many winter and cold-weather fabrics can irritate and aggravate dry winter skin. Avoid fabrics such as wool directly on the skin. Go for light, soft, and breathable fabrics such as silk and cotton for your skin, then put on the warmer and heavier clothes above their lighter counterparts. Don’t forget to shop for scarves and gloves that will protect your skin against irritation. If you prefer warm, heavy woolen gloves, wear them with silk and cotton liners.
We understand that the cold season comes with a huge urge to take long and steamy showers and baths, but that may not always be a good idea. Hot water evaporates quickly from the skin and may dry skin if not moisturized immediately. You might also notice a rise in eczema and itchy skin cases during the winter cold. Steaming water may also cause irritation and redness to the skin, increasing your risk of bruising and acquiring skin infections. Instead, shower in lukewarm water for about five to ten minutes.
Invest in a humidifier to trap the moisture in the air and prevent skin dryness naturally. Dermatologists also recommend drinking at least eight glasses of water a day to stay hydrated.
Apart from moisturizing your skin, you may also want to cleanse and exfoliate as part of your cold-weather skin routine. The key here is to use gentle skin products that won’t damage your skin. Your dermatologist can help you pick some good products for your skin during the winter season. Avoid skin products that are high in alcohol content to avoid breakouts and stings.
A majority of people are guilty of overlooking the importance of visiting a dermatologist on a regular basis. Many people will go to a dermatologist only when a skin problem arises. Check-in with your dermatologist for a personalized skincare routine in preparation for the cold season. Different weather requires different skincare routines. Also, your skin reacts differently to weather patterns. If you notice rashes, dry skin, scaling, abnormal skin growths, or itching, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. Even before these symptoms begin, you should see your dermatologist.
The cold season brings unpredictable wind and rain. Chances are you will get wet once in a while. While it may not be unavoidable, wearing wet clothes and shoes for prolonged hours can irritate your skin, cause redness, and cause itchiness. Change out of your pants, socks, scarves, and gloves immediately if you get caught in the rain. Take a quick shower to prevent irritation, dryness, and discomfort. You might also want to moisturize immediately to overcome the drying effects on your skin.
There you have it! A tidy list of skin care tips that should take you through the cold weather seasons.