The cold season can be harsh to your skin. Cold air, wind and low humidity is not only stressful to your body but your skin as well especially when going from warmer months to cold seasons. This transition will more often than not leave your skin looking and feeling dry. I can tell you for sure, this is not my favorite season. Why? Because it calls for double efforts when it comes to maintaining your skin. The key is to change up your skincare regimen once the temperatures start to drop. Here are some skincare tips to consider during the cold season.
Tip #1: Use a multitasking moisturizer
As a general rule of thumb, remember that creams hydrate more than lotions. It is therefore advised to switch your skincare products and mostly your moisturizers to a cream-based product. They contain a protective barrier that helps to trap moisture into your skin. Be on the lookout for a multi-tasking moisturizer i.e. one that does the job of hydrating your skin and at the same time gently sloughs off dry, dead skin cells. Anything with Lactic Acid or AHA’S-Alpha Hydroxyl Acids will do.
Tip #2: Consider a Hyaluronic Acid Serum for extra moisture
This is mostly for people with super dry skin or ageing skin. Hyaluronic acid’s main power move-and the reason it has gained so much attention in the skincare world- is because of its amazing ability to deliver lasting moisture to the skin. It is a humectant which means it grabs moisture and holds it so your skin can be able to absorb it. Serums typically have a thinner consistency and a more potent concentration of ingredients to deliver great results. Therefore, incorporating this step during the cold season will provide an extra boost of moisture onto your skin. In addition, hyaluronic acid also helps to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and age spots.
Tip #3: Take quick warm showers
The key here is to keep your water warm and not hot. A long hot shower may feel heavenly especially during those cold mornings but this will only strip out the natural oils in your skin, thus drying it out. Limit your showers to 10-15 minutes and of course, remember to moisturize immediately after.
Tip #4: Use a humidifier
To remedy a dry home, you can consider using a humidifier.
Humidity levels will naturally drop during the cold season and whereas most peoples instinct will be to get a heater, this may not be the best option as they dry out the air even more. A good humidifier may be the best choice as it can infuse the air with the right amount of moisture for your skin to reap the benefits.
Tip #5: Drink lots of water
This is probably the last thing you are reaching out for during this season because you barely feel thirsty but remember, it’s important to keep your skin hydrated from the inside-out. Warm water with lemon is just as hydrating as it is refreshing.