Just like the heat wave, the cold wave is just as harmful to our health and skin. We can visibly notice the changing texture of our skin as we transition from the summer season to the cold winter season. It goes without saying that our winter care differs from summer care, because our skin tends to lose its moisture content in winter and dries out more quickly. Therefore, retaining hydration in the skin is a special focus in our skin care routine. In addition, exposure to the hot air from heaters and fans in winter leads to skin damage. A lower moisture content in the air also causes the skin to become dry and tight. If you’re reading all this, you’re probably getting nervous about the changes in skin care. But here we have come to your rescue to tell you how to prepare your skin for weather changes.
Health Shots contacted Dr. Kuna Ramdas, Senior Dermatologist, Kamineni Hospitals, Hyderabad, to understand how to prepare your skin for change in weather.
How do you prepare your skin for a change in weather?
The changing seasons can have a significant impact on your skin. Whether you’re transitioning from a hot summer to a crisp fall, or bracing for the chill of winter, it’s essential to adapt your skincare routine to the unique challenges the weather brings. As the environment changes, your approach to skin care must also change to maintain a healthy and glowing complexion.
1. Hydration is key
Due to changing weather conditions, humidity fluctuates, affecting the moisture balance of the skin. In the colder months the air is often drier, which leads to more water loss from the skin.
“To combat this, incorporate a rich, hydrating moisturizer into your routine. Look for products that contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin to retain moisture,” the expert suggests.
2. Use sunscreen every day
Regardless of the season, sun protection is non-negotiable. Even during the fall and winter months, harmful UV rays can cause damage to your skin. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and apply it liberally, especially on exposed areas such as your face, neck and hands.
3. Adjust cleaning habits
As the weather changes, so should your cleansing routine, Dr. Ramdas suggests. In warmer months you may need a lighter cleanser to control increased oil production. In the colder months, consider using a gentler, moisturizing cleanser to avoid stripping the skin of essential oils.
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4. Exfoliate wisely
Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and promotes a healthy glow. However, over-exfoliating can lead to irritation, especially during weather changes. Choose a gentle exfoliant and use it once or twice a week to keep skin clear without causing damage.
5. Switch to a humidifier
“Heating systems during the colder months can contribute to dry indoor air, which can be harmful to the skin. Using a humidifier ensures that moisture is returned to the air, so that your skin does not become too dry and irritated,” says the expert.
6. Stay hydrated from within
Remember, skin care isn’t just about what you apply topically. It’s also about what you consume. Stay hydrated by drinking enough water and eating foods rich in antioxidants, such as fruits and vegetables, to support your skin health.
Preparing your skin for weather changes is a holistic approach that involves adapting your skincare routine to meet the unique challenges of each season. By following these tips and listening to your skin’s needs, you can ensure that your skin stays healthy, radiant and well-protected all year round.