I have to admit that I feel a certain sadness when I see that first leaf turn: fall is coming and it means the warmth and fun of summer is fading. I love summer for many reasons, one being that my beauty regimen simplifies. I don’t wear as much makeup and the extra sun makes my skin glow. Winter skin care is a little more complicated for me: I have to avoid dry skin as well as sun damage among other issues. As the seasons change, it is important to take a look at your beauty routine and make some small adjustments.
Moisturize! I cannot stress this point enough. As fall turns into winter, moisture levels drop and skin tends to dry quickly. A good moisturizer protects your skin from the dry air and prevents chafing and those annoying dry spots. During the warmer months, I like to use a lighter moisturizer too avoid build up from sweat and product, but in the winter I find it necessary to use a thicker moisturizer. I look for products with the word cream in its description. It’s also necessary to check the ingredient list on the moisturizers you choose. Make sure you aren’t allergic to any of the main ingredients.
Contrary to popular belief, sunscreen is just as important during the winter as it is in the summer. I will admit that I can be lazy when it comes to be applying sunscreen but I remind myself that it is important for my health and beauty. Your face is exposed to the sun’s rays everyday and while we all know that prolonged exposure may lead to cancer, we should also recognize that sun exposure causes premature aging in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. Sun exposure can also amplify other skin conditions such as eczema. If you often forget to apply sunscreen, look for a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15.
Avoid super hot water. I know that crazy hot shower feels oh so good after coming in from the cold but resist the urge to stay under the flow of hot water for too long. Hot water dries skin very quickly by breaking down the fat barriers that retain moisture. Try taking a shorter warm shower and moisturizing immediately afterwards.
If you find that you have chronically dry skin, make an appointment to see a dermatologist. He or she can better pinpoint your specific issues and help you put together a skin care routine that works for you.