The cool weather of fall and winter can be rough on your skin. Even though around the country the climates vary, the problems our skin experiences are similar. In the fall and winter your skin deals with a lot of harsh environments, strong winds, cold air, indoor heaters, rain, snow, sleet and an overall lack of a good healthy dose of sunlight.
These seasons cause dry skin that can become chapped and cracked. But have no fear the cures to your skin’s ailments are simple. Your skin’s goals when it is cold out should be to moisturize, exfoliate and moisturize again. Keep moisture in mind with all the choices you make in your skin care regime. Your skin functions differently in the cooler months so you need to change your routines.
Cleanse: Now is the time of year when you need to put away your foaming and soap cleansers and stock up on crème cleansers. Cleansing crèmes, lotions and milks are very effective cleansers and they do not contain the typical surfactant or detergent ingredients that most cleansing gels contain which can be too harsh on your skin in the cold months.
Tone: Put away your astringents and switch to a toner for fall and winter. Your skin needs to be soothed and balanced and not dried out further by an astringent.
Moisturize Your Face: Choose heavier crèmes in the winter than you would in the summer months. Feel free to use your heavy eye crème around your lips and entire face. If your skin is itching it is because the dry air is causing the moisture in the top layer of your skin to evaporate quickly. You will need to slather those areas with extra moisture until you feel relief. Never be afraid of using pure oils on your skin in the cold months. A bottle of jojoba oil or olive oil is a great thing to have on hand all fall and winter.
Moisturize Your Hands & Body: During the cold and flu season you should wash your hands liberally but be certain to apply a heavy hand crème every time you wash your hands. Shea butter, balms, butters and whipped butters are great body moisturizers in the fall and winter.
Exfoliate Your Face: Exfoliate twice per week to remove dead skin cells and allow your skin to absorb the extra moisture you are lathering on. The central heating plays havoc on the sebum our skin normally produces, which makes our skin lose water which should be retained in the lower dermis of the skin.
Have you ever wondered about the areas of your skin that looks like your skin is flaking off your body? What happens is that during the winter months there are thousands of dry skin cells ready to be sloughed off the surface and they become clumped together with oil which forms what appear to be flakes. Don’t be flaky, exfoliate! Exfoliate your facial skin with crème based exfoliates with jojoba beads.
Exfoliate Your Body: Exfoliate your body with sugar or salt scrubs that are full of rich oils or butters. Your body will soak every ounce of a butter or oil based body scrub.
Hydrotherapy: For a simple in home hydrotherapy, start out your day with a hot steamy shower and just as you are finishing switch the water to cold for about fifteen seconds. Repeat the process for two minutes. This hydrotherapy technique will revitalize your skin by stimulating the flow of blood through the skin. During cold and flu seaon I like to add 1-5 drops of eucalyptus oil or breathe green essential oil blend to the corner of the shower and let the steam create a wonderful aromatherapy treatment.
The key to healthy cold weather skin is to remember to moisturize, exfoliate and moisturize again!