When the seasons change, your skincare routines should too. If you want to keep your radiant summer glow all through the fall and maintain soft and supple skin even in the chilly weather, follow these four tips from U.S. Dermatology Partners.
Use Warm Water When You Shower
You might enjoy steaming hot showers, especially as a way to warm up from the cold, but they can dry out your skin. During the cold fall and winter weather, you should eliminate any practices that can contribute to dry skin. The brisk, dry air can cause irritate your skin and intensify conditions like eczema. Hot baths and showers will irritate your skin further. Instead, use lukewarm water and moisturize immediately afterward.
Moisturize Every Day
Speaking of moisturizing, make sure you apply moisturizer every day, and not just on your face. Skin covers your whole body after all. The dry fall air can strip the natural moisturizer from your skin causing it to become flaky, itchy, and irritated. To combat this effect, apply a daily moisturizer all over. Choose a moisturizer that matches your skin type for your face and a deeply hydrating lotion or body butter for everywhere else. If you want, you can follow up with a body oil to seal in the moisture. You should also use thick hand cream to keep your hands from becoming too dry.
Use Mild Soap
For colder months, consider switching to milder hand soap, body wash, and facial cleanser. Harsh soaps can strip your skin and cause just as much dryness as the weather. The skin on your face and hands will be the most affected since they aren’t normally insulated by clothing, but don’t ditch your face wash. Sometimes richer lotions and moisturizers can cause acne so use a mild and gentle facial cleanser on your face twice a day.
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Use a Humidifier
The main culprit in seasonal dry skin is the lack of humidity in the air, and it’s not just outside either. Your heating unit can also dry out the air inside your home, so when you’re indoors, consider using a humidifier.
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