Now that the weather is starting to get chilly many people may feel the affects of the change in weather on their skin. Here are three tips from the pros on how to keep your skin moisturized year around.
1. Use a different moisturizer for colder seasons.
As the weather turns cooler, swap a daily lotion for a rich cream or ointment, as recommended by makeup artist Carmindy, from TV’s What Not to Wear. Carmindy also recommends switching from powder foundation to cream formulas, which are less likely to dry the skin. She also advises using a moisturizing foundation if you are still feeling the drought.
2. Know what’s in your moisturizer.
A good moisturizer shouldn’t be judged by its price tag. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends looking for ingredients such as lactic acid or urea, which help alleviate dryness. Hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil, and petroleum have all been recommended to help hold water to the skin (i.e. trap moisture). Also wear sunscreen everyday, even when not in the sun. The AAD reminds us that even in the winter, exposure to the sun’s rays speeds up the aging process of the skin, increasing the risk of dryness, wrinkles, and age spots. Use at least SPF 15 and be sure it’s broad spectrum, which protects from both UVA and UVB rays.
3.Last but not least, it may boil down to the bath. Be sure to use warm water instead of hot. Hot water strips the skin of its natural oils more quickly. If you can handle the heat, keep the bathroom door shut. This will lock in much-needed humidity post-shower or bath. Use a mild cleanser versus a fragrant, deodorant bar, and when drying off, pat the skin instead of rubbing it. Finally, be sure to apply your moisturizer 3-5 minutes after a shower or bath. This ensures that the moisture in the skin is trapped before it escapes.
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