Our skin is the largest organ of our body! So, it makes sense that our environment and what we put into our body has an impact on how it looks. Sometimes though, the climate in which we live as well as the weather can have significant impacts on our skin, regardless of how well you take care of it.
How Cold Weather Affects Skin
As we are in Fall, and beginning to approach Winter, many places in the world are starting to get colder. Even in Hawaii, we notice cooler days (even though we don't get snow). Because of the cool weather, most skin types will notice flakiness and dryness.
So, why does this happen? Well, low humidity essentially robs skin of moisture, and so does high winds. For those individuals who live in areas that snow, even using central heating can affect how supple your skin is because of the low humidity.
Another way that our skin might be less than optimal during the colder months are also due to the fact that the ending of the year contains a lot of holidays. Holidays often mean family gatherings, which means sweet and salty treats. The change in diet during these months can also play a part as to why your skin may be suffering from minor breakouts, on top of dryness.
How You Can Combat These Harsh Effects
Making slight adjustments to your skincare routine is one step that you can take that's pretty simple! Be sure to use a gentle cleanser and to moisturize in the morning and the evening. During these months, you might have to look into a heavy night cream that will help to combat dryness, but this depends on your skin type. Always consult with your dermatologist or esthetician to find a suitable routine that works best for your skin type.
Once the dryness is under control, this doesn't mean you should be neglecting your exfoliation process! During these months, it might be best to exfoliate once a week at the maximum. However, this process will help get rid of dead skin cells and clogged pores, which is definitely beneficial if you are noticing breakouts.
While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, your ultimate goal is to protect your skin from the elements!
Your skin is one of the most sensitive organs, and it needs constant attention if you want to be able to maintain a smooth and youthful appearance. Changing weather can alter your skin's texture, color, and elasticity. The best way to combat this is to be proactive, and you can do this by making slight adjustments to your skincare routine.