3 Simple Ways to Keep Your Skin Healthy in Colder Weather

Cooler weather can take just as much of a toll on skin as hot, humid weather. So, even though you may not be spending as much time outside when temperatures drop and days grow shorter, it’s still important to be proactive about the way you care for your skin. Thankfully, there are some simple ways you can keep your skin healthy when it’s exposed to colder weather or dryer indoor air.

1. Don’t Over-Exfoliate

The idea behind exfoliation is to get rid of dead skin cells so healthy new ones can develop. But if you overdo it with exfoliation when you’re inside more often where air tends to be dryer during the fall and winter months, you could end up dehydrating your skin. Instead, opt for a gentler scrub once a week.

2. Opt for Gentler Products

During the cooler months, switch to gentler products that won’t irritate skin that’s more sensitive when there’s not as much moisture in the air. Be especially cautious with products you use daily, like soap and deodorant. You’ll be better off if you go with unscented versions of your preferred skin-related products.

3. Hydrate Your Skin Before Bedtime

The most effective time to hydrate your skin during the cooler months is just before bedtime. Generously moisturizing before you get ready for bed also reduces the breakdown of collagen, a structural protein that’s needed to retain your skin’s elasticity and increase skin moisture. Start by washing your face. Finish off your routine by applying a retinol (vitamin A1) and moisturizing. Avoiding hot baths and showers in the fall and winter and taking warm ones instead can further preserve your skin’s water content.

Don’t forget about sunscreen, either. You need it all year round. A moisturizing sunscreen tends to be a better choice for the cooler months, and a lip balm of SPF of 30 or higher will protect your lips.

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