Labor Day has come and gone, signaling the end of the summer. As you put away your shorts and sandals and dig out the sweaters, remember just as you change your clothes for the season, you should also make changes to your skin care routine. As the weather turns cooler and the air loses moisture, your skin can dry out. With a few small changes, you can keep your skin looking radiant throughout the cold months.
Change your body cleanser. During the summer months, many people choose shower gels in light, summery fragrances. During the cooler months, you should switch to a soap-free, creamy body cleanser, preferably with a moisturizer so you can hydrate your skin while you shower.
Reassess your skin type. As the temperature changes, your skin type might too. People with oily skin might find their skin normalizes during the fall months and those with normal skin might suddenly notice dry patches. Since skin care products are often tailored to a specific skin type, it might be time to put the summer skin care products and make-up away and use those tailored to your cold weather skin type.
Moisturize your skin. While you might have been using moisturizer throughout the summer, during the colder months, you need extra moisturizers. The air is drier, and turning on your heat dries out your skin even more. To keep it looking fresh, make sure to use a moisturizer every day. As with body cleansers, choose a heavier lotion or cream than you do during the summer months.
Use a cuticle cream. When you have dry hands, cuticles tend to be dry as well. They can sometimes peel and be painful. Hand or body lotions might help but cuticle oils work best. Take time every day to apply cuticle oil around your nails.
Exfoliate your skin. As summer ends, take time to do a whole body exfoliation and get rid of any dry, flaky skin. Oil-based scrubs help to hydrate your skin at the same time.
Don’t forget your lips. The cold weather takes its toll on your lips. To help prevent dried, cracked lips, apply non-petroleum based lip balm on a regular basis.
Keep hand lotion with you. Along with the cold weather comes cold and flu season. You might notice you wash your hands more often to help prevent getting or spreading viruses. While hand washing is necessary, it can dry out your hands. Keeping hand lotion in your purse lets you quickly apply it every time you wash your hands.
Continue using sunscreen. It’s important to apply sunscreen year round, not just in the summertime. While the sun’s rays aren’t as strong, they can still cause damage and premature aging during the fall and winter months. Apply sunscreen each morning before you leave the house.
Published On: September 09, 2014