As the middle of autumn falls upon us and we depart from the humid Australian summer, it is important to keep your skin care routine updated to cater for these cooler months. Cold weather may bring an uncomfortable dryness to your skin, and sudden changes in temperature can result in breakouts or even flaking and eczema. Make sure that you stay prepared for what is in store. Here are some tips to get you through the upcoming months. Stay away from dry and wind-burned skin!
Avoid taking long, hot baths and showers.
While it may be satisfying to enjoy a burning shower after a day out in the cold, the intense heat actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin. The hot water strips your skin of its natural oils and results in your skin losing a lot of moisture. Not only can you save water by reducing your shower time, ensure that you turn down the heat too. Likewise, soaking in a burning hot bath may feel relaxing at the time, but can actually dehydrate you.
Start using heavier skin care products.
If you tend to prefer serums and lighter lotions throughout the year, consider making the switch to creams, and heavier moisturisers. Applying a serum and following it with a rich cream will lock in that moisture and keep your face protected from harsh environments, such as strong winds. RACINNE Delicare Perfection Cream and Hydra Perfection Illuminating Cream will work wonders if you are looking for something to combat dry skin.
Since your skin may already be parched, be extra careful of over-exfoliating. Try a more gentle exfoliator once a week rather than every few days to avoid irritating already problematic skin areas.
Apply sunscreen (even if it doesn’t look sunny!)
Most dermatologist and medical professional would recommend this. Even in winter, when the sun isn’t very visible and it seems cloudy, it’s vital to keep protecting your skin from the glare. If your face and hands are exposed, don’t forget to apply a thin layer of broad-spectrum sunscreen before you go out!
Take care of your hands.
The skin on your hands is thinner and tends to be more delicate, since it has fewer oil glands. They are often the first to get cold and dry out in cooler months. Take care of them by carrying hand lotion with you when you’re on the go. You’ll find that by preventing your hands and feet from getting cold, the rest of your body will start to warm up too.
Stay hydrated for your health and your skin.
Finally, take care of your body from the inside out. Stick to a healthy diet and go on that jog, even if it is a little chilly outside. Warm drinks can keep you snug and make sure you are hydrated to make up for the lack of moisture in the air! Don't forget to fill up your diet with lots of fruits and vegetables.