Taking Care of Your Skin During Weather Fluctuations

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Changing temperatures and weather conditions from one season to the next aren’t always so kind to your skin. It may get dry, flaky, irritated, dull, or a whole host of other problems you probably don’t want to deal with. However, despite the constant changes, there are several things that can help in taking care of your skin with as few problems as possible.

Wear sunscreen
Although many wear sunscreen during late spring into summer, many skip wearing it once the colder temperatures come around. However, it’s still important for your overall health all year round to make sure you don’t stop wearing it even on cloudy days and when it’s cold outside.

Change your moisturizer
One of the best things you can do for your skin is to change moisturizers twice a year or so. During the warmer months, it’s ideal to wear a more lightweight moisturizer, but during the colder months is when you should be slathering on a richer moisturizer that can better protect your skin from the elements and help prevent loss of moisture.

Adjust the moisture levels
There are some who use a humidifier throughout the year but others use it only during the colder months when the dry air takes over and can suck the moisture out of your skin. A humidifier helps put some of that moisture back into the air which, in turn, could have a positive effect on your skin. Make sure that you clean out the humidifier often to prevent any health issues.

Woman moisturising face

Don’t change water temperatures
During the winter, it can be incredibly tempting to crank up the dial on your shower so the water is nice and hot, but you can be doing some damage to your skin in the process. Whether you’re washing your face or showering, regardless of the temperatures outside or what season it is, opt for using lukewarm water instead.

Use a richer hand cream
Just like how you should use a richer moisturizer during the colder months, you may want to switch up your hand cream as well for one that’s heavier and richer. You may even want to do an overnight treatment by putting a healing ointment on your hands then wearing cotton gloves while you sleep so you can let the ointment do its job.

There are two final things you should do to take care of your skin during weather fluctuations. The first is that you should pay attention to your skin and take note of how it’s reacting to changes in temperature. If you notice anything that just doesn’t seem right, it’s important that you get it checked out which leads to the last suggestion of seeing a dermatologist. Ideally, you should go for a check-up once a year, typically in the beginning of the year, so you can make sure everything is going okay with your skin.

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