Summer is coming to an end and the cold, dry winter months are fast approaching. Though skin care is relatively easy during New England’s moist summer months, it can become complicated by the mix of bitterly cold weather and the dry in-home climates created by non-stop furnace usage.
Below, is a list of tips to follow during the fall and winter months that can help prevent dryness, itchiness and other skin damage associated with dry, cold weather, according to dermatologists in CT. There is always a way to enjoy the benefits of healthy skin even when the climate is working against you:
- Bundle up: One of the best and easiest ways to avoid the wrath of cold, winter air is to put a barrier between the frost and your skin. Wearing gloves will both keep your hands warm and help prevent dry knuckles, which are so common in fall and winter. Cover the sensitive skin on your ears and neck with a hat and a scarf.
- Humidify: You can’t change the weather outside, but you can modify the climate indoors. If you find yourself constantly suffering from dry skin, try sleeping in a room with a humidifier, so skin can take a break from being exposed to dry air.
- Moisturize: Keeping the moisture level up in your skin is important all year-round, but it’s an absolute necessity when the dry, cold air of winter arrives. When the dryness becomes especially persistent and intense, it’s important to opt for a lotion that’s up to the task of protecting and moisturizing your skin.
- Change bathing habits: A piping hot shower might feel like just what you need on a cold day, but skin care experts recommend turning it down a bit in temperature for a more skin-friendly wash. Use gentle soaps and cleaners that allow your skin to retain as much of its natural moisture as possible.
- Protect yourself from the sun: Even though the weather isn’t warm in most places, the sun can still harm skin during the winter months, so be sure to apply sunscreen before heading outdoors for extended periods. Do your skin two favors at once by using a lotion that also features SPF protection. Don’t forget lip balm with skin-protecting agents as well.
Dermatologist Greenwich CT say it is possible to keep your skin safe from harsh weather by following these simple tips. The key is to replace the moisture the skin will naturally lose, and once this is worked into a daily routine, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the year’s coziest months in comfort.