Fall is upon us, and you know what that means… winter is right behind! While we all have varying opinions about approaching colder weather, one thing is undeniable – it can really dry out your skin! If you’re like me, you start stocking up on moisturizing body lotion in September to get prepared for the winter months ahead.
Bottom line: cold weather is really harsh on the skin. Why, you may be wondering? Here are some common reasons:
- Cold temperatures usually go hand-in-hand with low humidity, which dries out your skin.
- Extreme cold winds can strip your skin of moisture.
- Increased use of heating systems can dry out the air in your living environment.
- Hotter showers and baths contribute to skin dryness.
- More layers of clothing can cause friction on the skin.
Wow, it’s no wonder we suffer from tightened, red skin when the temperature plummets! That’s why it’s so important to remain proactive in the prevention of extreme skin dryness.
Want to stay ahead of the itch and tightness? Try keeping exposed areas such as hands, face, neck and lips, hydrated well throughout the fall and into winter. This adds a protective layer, ensuring that the bitter cold and harsh winds of winter won’t strip away as much moisture from your skin.
Some other precautions you can take to help prevent dry, chapped skin are:
- Use a humidifier. If your office or home is blasting hot air of some kind, the air will be very dry. Get some moisture into the air by running a humidifier whenever the heater is running.
- Drink water. Most people think they only need to drink a good amount of water in the hot summer months – nope! Drink a lot of water during the winter, too, and your skin will surely thank you!
- Protect your hands. The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it’s harder to keep your hands moist, so always wear gloves when you go outside. Even if you are just running to the car.
- Wear sunscreen. Sun protection isn’t just for the summertime. The winter sun can damage your skin just as well, especially if it’s reflecting off of snow. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face about 30 minutes before any winter sport activities.
- Bathe lukewarm. Ah, there’s nothing like a nice hot bath after shoveling a snow-packed driveway… But, be warned! The heat from your hot shower or bath is actually breaking down the lipid barriers of your skin, leading to loss of moisture. Keep the temperature lukewarm and add oatmeal to your bath to help relieve dry skin.
- Moisturize! Using lotion for dry skin is your first line of defense. Kiss My Face’s Olive & Aloe 2n1 Deep Moisturizing Body Lotion is bursting with antioxidants and essential oils to hydrate your face, hands and body.
- Use naturally effective skin products. Be wary about using products that contain harsh chemical ingredients. Many of these are just as easily omitted from your skin care routine, so try skipping them when your skin is extra susceptible to dryness.
Stick to moisturizing your skin with products without harsh chemicals and you’ll be better prepared. Olive & Aloe 2n1 Deep Moisturizing Body Lotion is formulated with naturally hydrating nutrients to protect and revitalize, while being gentle enough to use on sensitive skin, or apply under makeup.
And for those dry, chapped lips, try our dreamy, creamy organic lip balms in a variety of delicious flavors.
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