Winter Skin Woes: Navigating the Havoc Cold Weather Has on Your Skin

Beautiful young woman wearing scarf and a a hat on a cold winter day during snow

As winter sets in with its chilly winds and frosty mornings, it brings along a unique set of challenges for your skin. The drop in temperature, coupled with lower humidity levels, can wreak havoc on your skin, leaving it dry, itchy, and sometimes even cracked. There are various ways winter weather affects your skin and here are some tips on how to keep it healthy and radiant during the colder months.

Understanding the Impact of Cold Weather on Your Skin:

  • Dry Air: Winter air is often dry with low humidity levels, leading to moisture loss from your skin.
  • Harsh Winds: Cold winds can strip away the natural oils that protect your skin.
  • Low temps:  While during the summer months, your skin produces more natural oils, the winter months have the opposite effect.  Especially when coming inside to fireplaces and heaters.

Winter Skincare Routine:

Hydration is Key: Use a rich, hydrating moisturizer to replenish lost moisture.  We love to use SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore or Emollience.  Both of these moisturizers help restore the lipids in your skin that you may be losing in the colder temps.

Gentle Cleansing: Opt for a mild cleanser to avoid stripping your skin of essential oils.  Our favorites from SkinCeuticals are either the Gentle Cleanser or Soothing Cleanser. Either of these will keep your skin clean from the damage it might have entailed from the outside while keeping the moisture in your skin.  Do not use bar soap as that often strips your skin from its natural oils, leaving your skin dry, itchy, and tight.  

Sunscreen is a Must: Even in winter, protect your skin from UV rays with sunscreen.  You may not see the sun on cold winter days, but if there is daylight, there is sun.  When skiing or hiking in the winter months, it is especially important to layer on the sunscreen as the snow can reflect UVA and UVB light making it more damaging on your skin.  We suggest either Skinceuticals or Coola products that contain both SPF and zinc for maximum protection.

Winter weather can indeed take a toll on your skin, but with a proactive skincare routine and some simple adjustments, you can keep your skin healthy and glowing throughout the colder months. Embrace the winter season with confidence, knowing that your skin is well-protected against its chilly embrace.

Call us today for a complimentary consult on how to keep your skin protected this winter.

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