Ready or not, the old familiar feeling of cold weather is right around the corner. What does this mean for our skin? The harsh elements of a colder climate can strip our skin of essential oils, reduce moisture, and prohibit healthy circulation that result in facial redness or dry, itchy, and flaky skin. To help you protect your skin this fall and winter, here are four skincare tips for transitioning to cooler temperatures.
1. Stock up on cold weather facial cleansers.
To combat dry skin brought forth by winter weather, pick up a skincare product that is rich in Vitamin C and E precursors. These will neutralize free radicals caused by environmental stressors such as cold, dry wind. Consider A-Oxitive Water-Cream from Avène. This lightweight water-cream is rich in hydrating agents and contains mother-of-pearl for a radiant, illuminated glow. Stop by our storefront at 1026 Union Road in West Seneca and grab some today!
2. Stay hydrated early and often.
Before the weather turns, start applying an oil-free moisturizer that will keep your skin hydrated—and then continue to do so throughout the fall and winter. Look for products that contain glycerin, which is a colorless, odorless, and non-toxic compound that prevents dry, rough, or itchy skin. We recommend Trixéra+ Selectiose emollient cream, which is now available at the Skin Center at Southgate Medical Group.
3. Use a humidifier at home.
When you crank up the heat in your home or at the office, you will automatically create a hot and dry atmosphere, which is less than ideal for your skin. Paired with the cold and dry air from outside, this will put your skin is in double trouble. Is there a solution? Yes, consider getting a portable home humidifier and setting it to a humidity level between 30 and 50% (as recommended by the Mayo Clinic). Check out these portable home humidifiers on Amazon to find out which one is right for you.
4. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Yes, it is going to be cold—but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be sunny. In fact, did you know the sun is actually closer to the earth during the winter than it is in the summer? The ozone layer is also thinner in colder months, too. As a result, your skin is still susceptible to a sunburn, if not more so, in the wintertime. For these reasons, we recommend that you continue to wear sunscreen on especially bright and sunny days, even as the seasons change.
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