Keeping your skin healthy in colder weather
Maybe you’re lucky enough to live in a warm climate with moderate temperatures all year round. But most of us are not so lucky: Here in the northeast, where Mellisa B Naturally is headquartered, our weather runs the gamut – hot and humid in the summer, and freezing and dry in the winter.
While these temperature differences give us ample opportunities to adorn our wardrobes with everything from sundresses and sandals to parkas and fuzzy knit hats, it can wreak havoc on our skin if we don’t make the proper adjustments at the proper time.
Colder air is drier air
Colder air produces less humidity, which can cause skin dryness – or exacerbate already-dry skin. The key during these colder months is to make sure you and your skin are staying hydrated and moisturized.
Avoid the super-hot water
I love hot showers. But hot showers or baths are not a good idea for your skin – especially in the colder months. That hot water actually robs your skin of moisture. Turn down the water temperature when you’re bathing or washing the dishes, and you’ll notice that skin seems a lot less dry.
Get plenty of fluids
Yes, it’s important to stay hydrated during the summer months when you’re sweating and you need that extra water intake to help your body cool off. But, while you may not crave water in the fall and winter months the same way you do in the heat of the summer, it’s just as important. If you find that you’re thirsty, you’re already beginning to get dehydrated. Sip water throughout the day to stay hydrated.
Moisturize your face, of course. And don’t forget your lips. And moisturize your arms, legs, elbows, back, stomach… you get the idea. You don’t have to use a heavy cream unless you find that your skin is especially dry, but be sure you’re protecting your skin by moisturizing at least once a day – preferably twice, at least on your face (assuming you aren’t dealing with other skin care issues that would preclude you from moisturizing frequently.) Remember that moisturizing right after you get out of that lukewarm shower or bath is one of the best ways to help your skin retain moisture.
Unless you’re doing the “polar bear plunge,” there’s no reason to be out in the cold with your skin exposed. Wear hats and gloves, and anything else you can wear to keep your skin covered up and out of the cold. The cold, dry air can zap the moisture from your skin, so it’s best to keep it covered up.
Eat well and exercise
Taking care of your body and taking care of your skin go hand in hand. When you are eating properly and getting balanced nutrition, your skin will look and feel better – and will retain moisture better. And when you exercise, your circulation improves – again helping your skin look and feel better.
Everyone’s skin is different. While some may be able to use a light lotion moisturizer all year round to keep their skin healthy and moisturized, others may need to switch to a heavier cream in the winter, and a light lotion in the summer. Again, it all depends on your skin type and skin concerns. But, as always, healthy habits for your body are almost always healthy habits for your skin – so keeping yourself healthy overall is one of the best ways to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
And if you’re looking for a moisturizer that is rich enough to get you through the cold Fall and Winter months, but is still light enough for use in the Spring and Summer, try our Moisturize and More with Collagen & Hyaluronic Acid. Argan Oil, Shea Butter, and Hyaluronic Acid supply your skin with superior moisture. Manuka Honey provides amino acids to help clear dead skin cells to keep pores clear. Plus, you get an “anti-aging” boost from Vegetable Collagen and DMAE. It has all the good stuff to keep your skin moisturized and healthy – and none of the bad stuff that can be irritating or clog your pores.