It is that time of year again…Summer gave way to Fall and the temperatures are starting to drop along with the humidity. This change can bring unwelcome dryness to our skin and the need to re-visit our skin care regimen.
With the cooler weather, we often turn up the heat inside. The drastic difference between the cozy warmth of our homes and offices and the chill out in the elements can be hard on our skin and difficult for it to regulate moisture balance. When moisture in the skin is reduced, it can appear less full, less toned, flaky and dull.
You need to make sure you are hydrating and preparing your skin for the changing weather. Water is the skin’s main source of moisture. Most treatments for dry skin add water or retain water already existing in the skin. Using products that are sensitive to your skin’s changing needs can help you prepare for the coming winter.
Cleanse your skin without removing all of its natural moisturizers and then apply a topical skin nutrition product to help you retain moisture. Use a moisturizing or gentle enzyme cleanser that won’t dry out already compromised skin. You may want to switch to a sensitive skin formula if dryness worsens. See your Dermatologist if your skin becomes red or flaky.
Next, use a maximum hydrating agent utilizing a naturally occurring ingredient like Hyaluronic Acid. Found in our bodies, HA helps keep our joints lubricated and using it on your skin topically is like giving your skin a drink of water. In addition, switch from the lighter lotion you used in the summer to a heavier cream formulated for your skin type. Thicker creams are slower to absorb and will add an additional layer of protection for your skin.
Some additional tips from Dr. Asarch’s Article “Prepare Your Skin for the Changing Weather” are below:
- Protect Your Hands- It is difficult to keep your hands moist in cold, dry weather because the skin on your hands is thinner and has fewer oil glands than on most other parts of your body. This can lead to itchy, cracked skin. Be sure to use hand cream and wear gloves when you go outside-avoid wool if possible as it can be irritating.
- Avoid Wet Socks and Gloves-Wearing wet socks and gloves can irritate your skin increasing the chance for itching, cracking, and sores. The gloves and socks are not the problem themselves, but rather what we do when we take them off. You need to moisturize your skin to replenish the oils. Otherwise, it will dry out and become chapped.
- Humidify the Air- Central heating systems and heaters push hot, dry air through our homes and offices where we spend most of our time. Humidifiers will put moisture in the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.
- Take a Break from Peels-If your facial skin is extremely dry or sensitive this time of year, avoid using harsh peels, masks, and any alcohol-based toners or astringents-these products can strip essential oils and moisture from your skin. Instead opt for a hydrating facial at the spa.