Keep Your Skin Healthy in All Seasons
The sun can burn your skin and cause numerous problems. The wind will dry it terrible. The cold can cause redness… We would like to suggest a few tips on how to keep your skin healthy and balanced during high temperatures and cold wind.
1 Summer – Fall
- Lotion – Switch things up with a heavier lotion than your summer lotion; cocoa butter based lotions are a great for fall skin because they have fatty acids which helps to add a power punch of moisture to the skin. For your face, you will want to change to a thicker cream as well; Aveeno and Neutrogena make some great options that won’t break the bank.
- Make sure you exfoliate in the shower to slough off the dull skin to get those fresh, new, vibrant skin cells to the surface, where they belong.
- Have a thick hand cream available for use during the day, and reapply before bed. Putting on a thick hand cream and covering with gloves or socks to help the cream to absorb into your skin and not your sheets, will have you waking up with perfectly moisturized hands.
- You can pull the same trick with a foot cream, applying before bed with socks to sleep, and have perfect little piggies come morning that will last throughout the day.
- There are some warm days, and the sun might not feel strong, but it is important to wear a daily lotion with sunscreen in it.
2 Fall – Winter
- Limit long hot showers. No matter how good they feel, they tend to strip your skin of the natural oils that protect and moisturize your skin. If you have noticed redness after shower, you should now that that is mild burn on your skin.
- Right after you get out of the shower, still in that humid bathroom, slap on a thick moisturizer (think cocoa butter or any body butter) and give it time to soak in. You should have one moisturizer for your body and for your face. It doesn’t always seem that appealing to put cold lotion on warm skin, and it is a bit decadent, but you can always purchase a lotion warmer.
- Use a thick hand cream frequently throughout the day to prevent dry, cracked hands and cuticles. Make sure to thoroughly rub into your hands and focus on your nails and cuticles (it prevents them from drying out too!)
- Use the hand/feet trick (from Fall) to keep them moisturized at night and into the day.
3 Winter – Spring
- Start to again be diligent about a face cream with a sunscreen in it; your skin hasn’t seen the sun in a while and the stronger it gets, the more you are at risk for a burn.
- While it is still chilly, and before the humidity starts in, keep using your winter moisturizer on your face at night before bed.
- Once you start to feel more humidity in the air, and the weather gets consistently warmer, you can switch to a lighter lotion for your body.
- Exfoliate often till that dull winter skin feels refreshed.
4 Spring – Summer
- Wear sunscreen with a minimum if SPF 30 and reapply every 90 minutes (or after swimming, sweating, etc.)
- After showering, you can use a light lotion to quickly absorb into your skin. Lotions with antioxidants can always help to prevent free radicals that can cause cancer, so it’s great for your face and other frequently exposed to the sun areas.
- Don’t forget SPF on your lips to prevent dry lips and sun damage.
- If you do get a burn, aloe vera and/or oatmeal-based lotions can go a long way to help to add that moisture back into your skin and soothe the burn.
- In the end of the day, the most important thing is to keep yourself hydrated. Don’t forget to drink water as much as you can.