Just like the heatwave, the cold snap is just as harmful for our health and our skin. We can visibly notice the change in texture of our skin when we move from the summer season to the cold winter season. It goes without saying that our winter care is different from summer care because our skin tends to lose its hydration in winter and dry out more quickly. So, maintaining skin hydration is a special priority in our skin care routine. Additionally, exposure to hot air from radiators and fans in winter leads to skin damage. Less humidity in the air also makes the skin dry and tight. Reading all this must make you nervous about changing your skincare. But here we have come to your rescue to tell you how to prepare your skin for climate change.
Health Shots contacted Dr Kuna Ramdas, Senior Dermatologist at Kamineni Hospitals, Hyderabad, to understand how to prepare your skin for climate change.
How to prepare your skin for climate change?
The changing seasons can have a significant impact on your skin. Whether you’re transitioning from a hot summer to a cool fall or preparing for the cold of winter, it’s essential to adapt your skincare routine to meet the unique challenges posed by the weather. As the environment evolves, so should your approach to skin care to maintain a healthy, glowing complexion.
1. Hydration is key
With climate change, humidity levels fluctuate, affecting the skin’s moisture balance. During colder months, the air tends to be drier, leading to increased water loss from the skin.
“To combat this, incorporate a rich, hydrating moisturizer into your routine. Look for products with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin to lock in moisture,” suggests the expert.
2. Use sunscreen every day
No matter the season, sun protection is non-negotiable. Even during the fall and winter months, harmful UV rays can damage your skin. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and apply it generously, especially to exposed areas like the face, neck, and hands.
3. Adjust your cleaning habits
As the weather changes, your cleaning routine should change too, suggests Dr. Ramdas. During the warmer months, you may need a lighter cleaner to handle increased oil production. During the colder months, consider using a gentler, hydrating cleanser to avoid stripping the skin of essential oils.
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4. Exfoliate wisely
Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, promoting a healthy glow. However, excessive exfoliation can lead to irritation, especially during weather transitions. Choose a gentle exfoliant and use it once or twice a week to maintain skin clarity without harming it.
5. Switch to a humidifier
“Heating systems during colder months can contribute to drying indoor air, which can be harsh on the skin. Using a humidifier helps rehydrate the air, preventing your skin from becoming too dry and irritated,” explains the expert.
6. Stay hydrated from the inside out
Remember, skin care isn’t just about what you apply topically. It’s also about what you consume. Stay hydrated by drinking an adequate amount of water and include antioxidant-rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to support your skin health.
Preparing your skin for climate change is a holistic approach that involves adapting your skincare routine to the unique challenges posed by each season. By following these tips and listening to your skin’s needs, you can ensure that your skin stays healthy, glowing and well-protected all year round.