The long summer nights are slowly getting shorter and the hot summer days are giving way to cooler weather. It is inevitable. The winter is heading this way. The harsh and cold winter weather demands that changes are made to your skincare routine if you are to survive the weather without much damage. There are a few small tweaks that you can make now, to transition yourself into your winter weather routine.
The first step you need to take is to be sure that you are using a sunscreen. If you are good to your skin, you’ve already been doing this during the summer months but this is a routine that should continue into the winter months. The sun’s damaging rays do not go away just because the warm weather does. As a matter of fact, these rays can be amplified thanks to the white reflective surface of winter snows. So be sure to slather on your sunscreen daily all year long.
The next thing you need to do is find thicker lotions. In the summer, thick lotions can be uncomfortable and actually make it hard for your skin to breathe thanks to our tendency to perspire on hot days. In the winter, our skin can become parched and normal lotions will not meet your skin’s demands for hydration. Thicker lotions will help protect your skin from chapping thanks to harsh winds and super cold weather. Be sure to find a thicker balm to put on your feet as well. A product like O’Keeffe’s Working Feet is ideal to use in the winter months.
In addition to finding a thicker lotion for the winter, you should begin to prep your body for the winter by taking in extra fluids. Keeping your body hydrated from the inside out will also help you stay a step ahead of dry skin. Not only will taking in fluids help you attain this goal but setting up a humidifier near your bed at night will also help your skin stay healthy. Not only does a humidifier help you breathe at night but the humidity also helps your skin to stay moist. Personally, I use a humidifier all year long since I live in a state with dry air and have seen fantastic results in my skin.
Finally, find yourself a healing lip balm or Chap Stick. The long summer months can dry out a person’s lips and the winter weather takes that damage up a notch until your lips are cracked and bleeding. Finding and using a thick medicated balm before the temperatures really drop is like an intervention for your skin. Repairing the dry lips of summer now can help you skip the cracked and bleeding part of dry lips that occurs in the winter months.
Skincare is important all year long. Making changes to your skincare routine before the winter months have truly arrived will help you prevent serious skin damage, especially if your skin is already showing signs of damage as a result of the summer heat.