With summer coming to a close in many parts of the world, it’s time to start putting away all of your warm weather clothes and beauty products and start breaking out your winter apparel and accessories. As a part of this, you should also take some time to consider how you may need to make a few adjustments to your skincare routine so that you can continue to have clear skin as the fall and winter roll in.
To help you in doing this, here are three ways to prepare your skin for colder weather.
Use A Different Moisturizer
In the summer, your skincare likely involved a lot of lighter products. From your cleanser to your moisturizer and even your aftershave or perfume, you were likely choosing products that were light on your skin or gave off a light and air fragrance. But now that winter will soon be here, it may be time to reassess the products that you’ve been using to better match the season.
According to Brad Rasmussen, a contributor to IntermountainHealthcare.org, skin needs a lot more moisture in the winter than it does in the summer. To get this, you’ll likely want to find a different, more creamy moisturizer to use during these drier months. The best ones will usually contain lipids, which can be very helpful in giving your skin the moisture that it needs. And in some cases, you may also want to apply an emollient before your moisturizer to help your skin retain as much moisture as possible.
Learn How To Avoid Dry Skin
While using a great moisturizer will help your skin fight off winter dryness, knowing how to keep your skin from getting too dry in the first place can help your skin keep from getting itchy all winter long.
To do this, Hedy Marks, a contributor to Everyday Health, advises that you try to add more moisture to the air of your home by using a humidifier. Additionally, if you can try to keep your showers shorter and avoid using water that’s too hot, you’ll help your skin to retain its moisture as well. The same goes for your thermostat: if you can keep it a little lower, it will be better for your skin.
Continue Using Sunscreen
Although you may not be out in the sun as much as you were in the spring and summer, you should still be using sunscreen each day all throughout the winter as well. For days that you don’t plan on being outside much, Maureen Salamon, a contributor to LiveScience.com, shares that using an SPF 15 will likely suffice. But if you’ll be spending time outdoors at all, like you’d do if you plan to go skiing or snowboarding, opt for SPF 30 to keep the sun from drying out your skin too much.
If you’re about to start facing some colder weather, consider using the tips mentioned above to help prepare your skin for this change of pace.