Transitioning to Cool Weather
It is vital to care for your skin all year around, but, it is also important to know how to protect it when the seasons change. One of the most crucial times is the changing from summer to fall. The dramatic weather changes from hot to cold can ultimately dry out and break your skin.
Hevia Cosmetic Dermatology’s Dr. Bernard Cohen, board certified dermatologist who specializes in sun damage, skin cancer, and skin surgery offers 6 Tips on Keeping a Healthy Glow from Summer to Fall:
Hydrate Yourself: It is always important to drink water every day, but it plays an even bigger role in the fall and winter months. Water helps the body cleanse and detoxify itself disposing of all waste that’s bad for your skin. Water can also help to replenish the moisture lost from all those summer activities (swimming in chlorine water, swimming in salt water, standing in the sun, etc.) back into the skin.
Switch from Lotion to Cream: During summer most people where lotion because its light, during the colder months, it might not work as well. Creams are generally a little heavier than lotions. Creams provide an additional barrier to help keep moisture inside the body and help protect against the extreme cool temperatures. Creams also tend to be oilier than lotions. If you have oily skin and not really up to using creams, try a lotion that’s specially made for the fall and winter months.
Hands and Feet: Always apply moisturizer after washing your hands. This can prevent any wrinkles, discoloration, or cracking on your hands. Your hands are the mostly used body part and can become dry and ashy really fast, so it’s vital to pay constant attention to them.
Lips: Your lips are almost always exposed, so they necessitate extra and particular attention. Lips can become easily dry and brittle in the cold weather. Try to stay away from petroleum based balms; some say they have a result of drying the lip. I personally use Burt’s Beeswax, it’s smooth and won’t dry out as fast.
Use Sunscreen: Even though there is not as much sun in the fall as in summer, UV rays are still in effect and cause major damage. An SPF of 15 filters out 93 percent of UVB, SPF 30 filters out 97 percent and SPF 50 98 percent and apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of your skin not only to your face including the back of your hands, décolleté, the top of your feet.
Exfoliate Your Skin: Exfoliating your skin can help your pores breathe and oxygenate your skin. It also removes dead skin from your body to help make it feel tons loads smoother.