The fact of the matter is the transition from autumn to winter can be a less than pleasant experience as far as our skin is concerned. The cooler temperatures and low humidity levels lead to dry air that leeches moisture away from the skin. Unyielding winter winds can wreak havoc on an already troublesome situation, ultimately resulting in cracked and even bleeding skin. There comes a time when it is critical for people to adapt and adjust to the seasonal change by adopting a beauty routine that does justice to the skin all year round.
One of the key elements to take into account is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. According to Doris Day, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York, “Take a look at how your skin changes and adjust or switch out the products accordingly. In general, you need to be careful to use more gentle cleansers and richer moisturizers.” While ingredients like Hyaluronic acid may have served a pivotal role in keeping skin hydrated during the more humid months, creams and lotions prove to be a friendlier alternative during times of lower humidity. Lawrens Moisturizer, for example, contains Marine Collagen, which specifically improves skin hydration and firmness.
Moreover, moisturizing works well in tandem with a good exfoliant. The aforementioned moisturizer also consists of Aloe Vera, an ingredient with enzymes that can help exfoliate the skin to buff out dead skin cells and draw out any impurities, resulting in a smoother, more glowing complexion. A word of caution, though: Exfoliation can be a double-edged sword if not properly used. Over-exfoliation has the counterproductive effect of drying out the skin and causing uncomfortable irritation. In other words, be gentle.
Lastly, remember to maintain hydration from the inside out. That is to say, people tend to drink copious amounts of water in warmer months, while neglecting that very same habit as the weather begins to cool; however, such thinking can be an error in judgment due to the fact that, just because a person is not thirsty does not mean that their body is hydrated. Water is absolutely essential in keeping skin cells plump and hydrated, thereby lowering the risk of any flaking or peeling. The dynamic duo of dry air and a lack of hydration are, unfortunately, winter conundrums that create dull, listless skin. The most effective manner to efficiently combat such an unwanted problem is to drink water at regular intervals, regardless of whether or not you feel thirsty in the moment.
Even though winter can undoubtedly be a taxing time for all those who fret about skincare, the previously mentioned tips and tricks can assist in keeping a person’s fragile skin radiant, soft, and smooth no matter the season. All you have to do is apply a little extra tender, loving care.
Written by Yvette Vega