Our skin responds dynamically to weather changes throughout the year. During wintertime, the combination of cold air, indoor heating, low humidity, and high winds can zap our skin of moisture in a matter of minutes. As we enter the heavier months of winter, we’ve put together a quick list of tips and tricks to help you fight seasonal dryness with a few fairly easy changes in your routine!
- Swap your skin products: Oil-based moisturizers typically create a protective layer over the skin to trap moisture against it for extended periods of time. As the weather cools down, consider switching out your water-based spring/summer moisturizer for an oil-based one to give your skin round-the-clock hydration over the winter. Switching to a gentler cleanser and exfoliating to scrub away dead skin cells so that your skin can better absorb moisturizing products are also key!
- Invest in a humidifier: Heating systems keep our houses and offices toasty through the winter months, but the hot air they expel can dry us out. Placing humidifiers throughout your home and office can help balance the moisture level in your surroundings without the painful experience of having to crack open a window. We recommend you keep one humidifier running overnight in your bedroom for healthier skin and a more restful sleep!
- Moisturize from within: Vitamin D, C, E and K are vital for skin health. Eating more fatty nuts and seeds such as almonds, hazelnuts, and sunflower seeds, and upping your intake of citrus fruits, kale, broccoli, spinach, and Vitamin-D and Omega-3 rich salmon and tuna can help you keep your spring glow in the dark of winter. In addition to doctor-recommended supplements, our Have a Ball snacks – made with delicious hazelnuts and walnuts – might be just the thing to get you started on your winter snacking routine.
- Don’t forget your scarf: Essential to fighting dry skin in the winter is limiting your exposure to harsh winds. Make sure to wear the right protective clothing when you are outdoors. You may want to avoid irritating and itchy materials like wool and opt for softer fabrics.
- Stock up on sunscreen: Yes, you still need sunscreen even if you haven’t seen the sun in a week! UV rays can still damage and dry out your skin during the winter months, so make sure to apply sunscreen before you run out into that blizzard for groceries.