The days are definitely getting shorter – and colder – and that means it’s time to take steps to protect your skin from seasonal dryness.
Less humidity – both indoors and out – can wreak havoc on your skin. Cold air holds less moisture than warm air, which can leave skin feeling tight, chapped, itchy or irritated. Indoors, forced air heating, fireplaces and gas stoves all dry out the environment. Dry and aging skin are particularly hard hit by this double whammy, but even oilier skin types aren’t immune.
A good moisturizer – used morning and evening – should already be a part of your beauty regimen, but it’s especially important when cold weather comes. Using a gentle cleanser is also a must. (Avoid soaps, which can be harsh and drying.) If they are not already a part of your regimen, we suggest you try OZNaturals Vitamin C Facial Cleanser and our Sea Infused Herbal Moisturizer as a soothing cleansing and moisturizing combination.
Colder weather does not mean it’s time to slack off on the sunscreen. Regardless of whether the sun is shining or not, it’s important to use a high SPF natural sunscreen – every day.
One of the best tactics in the battle against dry winter skin is to add a hyaluronic acid serum to your regimen. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, plumping and hydrating parched skin. If you’re currently using an HA serum only once a day, you may want to consider making it part of both your morning and evening beauty ritual.
For an intensely moisturizing treatment, try OZNaturals Vitamin C + Sea Hydration Mask. This deeply hydrating mask delivers moisture directly into the skin cells and helps calm dry skin irritation. Gentle enough for use every day, it may become your favorite weapon against winter weather.
Using a humidifier – especially in the bedroom at night – can also help combat cold weather dryness. It’s also always a great idea to drink plenty of water and eat a diet rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Both will help keep your skin in peak condition.
Even though it’s tempting to do when it’s cold outside, don’t linger in a hot shower or bath. Hot water strips oil from the skin, which is exactly the opposite of what you want to be doing. Keep your showers and baths short, and always use warm water instead of hot. While you’re still slightly damp, slather on a rich body butter, paying extra attention to those chronically dry areas like feet and elbows. OZNaturals new Sweet Almond and Macadamia Nut Body Butter is deeply replenishing and absorbs beautifully.
Since dry skin can be more prone to irritation, it’s not a bad idea to switch to an allergen-free or hypoallergenic laundry detergent made without perfumes or dyes. You might also want to avoid using fabric softener sheets. Many are heavily fragranced and can leave small, itchy fibers on your clothes.
Finally, as the weather turns colder, pay extra attention to your neck and hands. These areas have few oil glands to begin with and can become painfully dry in harsh conditions. Keep them well moisturized and covered up when outdoors.Cold weather may present some skin care challenges, but with a little extra planning and attention, you can weather the winter with beautiful, healthy skin.