How to Keep Skin Hydrated During Summer & Winter
If you want to maintain a healthy complexion, especially during the harsher months of winter and summer, it is imperative to keep your skin moisturized and hydrated. When skin is not properly hydrated, the outer layer becomes dry and cracked. While dry skin may not be a direct cause of wrinkles, it can exacerbate any existing or newly forming wrinkles causing them to appear much worse than they normally would. One of the essential tips to keeping skin healthy and young is proper moisturization.
The changing seasons can have big impacts on our skin as the temperature and amount of moisture in the air fluctuates. The summer and winter months can wreak havoc if you’re not taking the right measures to stay hydrated. Here are our tips for keeping your skin hydrated during the cold and hot seasons.
Summer Skin Care
If you’re not careful, the summer can be devastating to the appearance, feel, and overall health of your skin. The hot sun and soaring temperatures can burn and dehydrate the skin causing serious problems, some of which can be permanent. Be sure to take the following measures during summertime to ensure your skin stays hydrated and healthy even during the intense heat.
Moisturization and Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
The most important skin care and hydration tip for anyone during the summer is to always use broad spectrum sunscreen; preferably SPF 30 or higher. The sun’s UV rays can be very harsh causing dryness and burning. Repeated overexposure to the sun over the years can cause spotting, premature wrinkles, and can even lead to serious health problems such as skin cancer.
Keeping your body hydrated is essential to skin health regardless of what season it is, but summer is especially important. Skin is an organ made up of cells and without proper water intake, our skin cells do not function properly. When we sweat, our bodies lose precious moisture which our skin cells need to work their best.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day and even more on hot days to ensure the summer heat is not dehydrating your skin.
When exfoliating, you’re scrubbing away dead skin cells and improving blood circulation. Another added benefit of exfoliating during the summer is you will improve the absorption of topical creams and lotions. Avoid overdoing it. Exfoliating a few times a week should be enough to get the full benefits.
Winter Skin Care
Many factors contribute to the winter months being so harsh on our skin. Lower humidity, harsher winds, and heaters from our own homes can all contribute to skin becoming dry and irritated during the winter. While in the mild seasons your regular routine may be enough to keep your skin adequately hydrated, winter usually requires us to do a little more.
Oil Based Moisturizer
Using a skin moisturizer is a no-brainer, but many of us don’t realize that a simple moisturizer may not be enough to fight the damaging effects the winter months can have. Using an oil based moisturizer will help your skin retain more moisture than regular lotions.
Some oils can clog pores so be sure to choose a facial friendly oil such as avocado, mineral or almond.
One of the biggest culprits of dry skin in the winter time comes from the heat inside our own homes. The use of heaters often has a drying effect on our skin. One way to counter the drying effects of home heaters is to invest in a quality air humidifier. A well placed humidifier disperses moisture into the air and can assist in increasing moisture on our skin while reducing dryness.
Avoid Hot Showers
Hot showers any time of the year can dehydrate the skin, but it can be especially difficult to resist in the cold winter months. Hot water from showers can break down the lipid barriers in the skin and cause a loss of moisture. If you can resist the temptation to take a scorching shower this winter your skin will thank you.