The transition from warm, sunny days in summer, to cold, dry days in Winter means a change in your skin, often resulting in dry, dehydrated skin, possibly more prone to breakouts. Dry, cold air outside, and artificial indoor heat can really rob your skin of its natural moisture. We have to be mindful of how we treat our delicate skin during these harsh months in order to maintain a healthy glow.
During the cooler months, it’s often more appealing to reach for a warm, caffeinated drink than a cold glass of water. Water intake, for most people, typically decreases quite drastically during colder months, causing dehydration, both internally and externally.
Our skin is our largest organ and needs to be hydrated from within. It is a myth that our skin can absorb water for the purpose of hydration. If our skin could absorb water, we would blow up like balloons every time we showered and stood outside in the rain. The only true way to hydrate the skin, is by drinking plenty of water.
Drinking a sufficient amount of water also helps to flush toxins from the body. Toxin buildup can lead to breakouts and other skin conditions, so this is another one of many reasons why hydration is vital.
If you have difficultly staying hydrated during the colder months, there are some great apps that you can download, like these ones, that will remind you regularly throughout the day to drink water. Consuming foods high in water content, such as watermelon, apples, and cucumbers can also help. Caffeine-free herbal teas or warm water with freshly squeezed lemon are also great alternatives to cold water.
Increase Your Intake of Essential Fatty Acids
Essential Fatty Acids are called “essential” because the human body does not naturally produce them, but needs them for optimal health. EFA’s are crucial building blocks of healthy cell membranes. Omega-3s and Omega-6s both help produce the skin’s natural oil barrier, which is vital for proper skin hydration.
During the cooler months, the dry air can cause dead skin cells to build up on the surface of the skin. This traps oil and bacteria underneath the skin, which can cause an increase in breakouts. Exfoliating the skin removes dead skin cell build up, brightens the skin and also encourages healthy cell turnover.
It is important to note that exfoliation only needs to be performed once a week. Over-exfoliation can sensitize the skin and dry it out, causing more harm than good.
Avoid Hot Showers and Baths
Frequent hot showers can lead to dry, itchy, dehydrated skin. Hot water strips the natural oils from the skin, leading to temporary dryness and surface dehydration.
However, when you strip the skin of its natural oils repetitively, over-production of oil begins in order to compensate, potentially leading to increased breakouts. While I am guilty of enjoying a hot shower myself when it’s cold outside, your skin will be much happier if you keep your showers warm, instead of hot. Luke warm showers will help prevent that dry, tight feeling in your skin that you experience after a hot shower.
Cleanse with Oil
Most cleansers on the market are extremely drying and strip the skin of its natural oils and its protective barrier. Using moisturizing and hydrating cleansers during fall and winter months is really important in order to maintain healthy skin.
Oil cleansing will be your best cleansing method during fall and winter months (well, all year round, but especially during cooler months). The molecules in oil are much smaller than almost any other skin care ingredient. Smaller molecules are able to dive deeper down into the skin to cleanse, nourish and moisturize your skin at a deeper level.
Change Your Moisturizer
Because the dry air robs our skin of its moisture, changing the way you moisturize in winter months is really important. Just like the seasons change, our skin changes and so must the way we treat our skin.
Our skin experiences trans-epidermal water loss during the winter months. This is when the air outside and in our homes and workplaces is excessively dry, so the natural moisture (water) within our skin evaporates into that dry air.
While moisturizing with oils is good during the rest of the year, unfortunately, our fast absorbing oils absorb too quickly into the skin during this time of year. This is why I created Winter Saviour Moisturizing Beauty Balm. Winter Saviour works really well for all skin types. It contains raw shea butter (which does not clog pores, even in acne-prone skin). Raw shea butter is highly moisturizing and is not a fast absorbing ingredient. When applied to the skin, it creates a thin layer on the surface of the skin that locks the moisture into your skin so that it can’t escape or evaporate. This will enable your skin to stay better moisturized and more hydrated during these colder, dry months.
Moisturize When Your Skin is Damp
When your skin is damp, your skin cells will be softer and more permeable. Moisturizing when your skin is damp will allow your products to penetrate deeper into the skin.
Use Moisturizing Masks
Hydrating masks can nourish the skin with much needed moisture during the drier months. Our Radiant Soul Brightening Mask is an ideal mask for all skin types to moisturize the skin during the fall and winter months.
Protect Your Skin
Your skin is just as susceptible to sun damage during the fall and winter months as it is during the summer months. It is vital that you protect your skin all year round with a high-quality, natural sunscreen.
Following all of these tips will help your skin get through the colder fall and winter months this year with a radiant glow.