The change in seasons can be stressful on your skin, especially when warm, humid months turn into cold and windy weather. Once the temperature starts to get cold, you should also start changing your skin care routine.

The dry, cold air can affect your skin, making it dry and blotchy. This transition commonly makes your skin look dull, and for some, it can even cause skin irritation and blemishes in different areas of their body.

To change your skin care routine in time for the cold weather, read this detailed guide below:

1. Use a hydrating facial moisturizer every night.

The cold breeze can make skin dry and prone to irritation. To replenish your skin’s lost moisture, apply a hydrating facial moisturizer before you go to sleep. This helps your skin repair itself overnight, preventing premature skin aging. Use moisturizers with ingredients like vitamin E and alpha hydroxy acid that can help heal and relieve dry skin.

2. Switch to a mild, moisturizing body soap.

Antibacterial body soaps are especially harsh on your skin, stripping it of natural moisture. Your skin can get a lot drier if you keep using antibacterial soap during the cold and windy weather. Choose a mild, fragrance-free moisturizing soap instead.

3. Avoid long, hot baths.

Take shorter showers with lukewarm water instead of very hot water. A long, hot bath may be relaxing, but it also washes away your skin’s natural oils. And after bathing, remember to apply lotion all over your body, especially on the driest parts. This helps lock in your skin’s moisture throughout the day.

4. Choose soft clothing over thick synthetic garments.

Avoid wearing fabrics like spandex or polyester directly against your skin, especially around your neck. Cold weather can make your skin dry and itchy, and the friction from these types of fabric can aggravate skin irritation. So it’s best to wear soft cotton shirts, blouses, and sweaters instead.

5. Don’t forget to moisturize your hands and feet.

Skin on your hands and feet are very vulnerable to the cold weather, so don’t forget to apply moisturizing lotion on them too. Dry skin on hands and feet can get itchy, and at worst, can be painful if your skin starts to crack. To help seal in moisture, apply lotion after taking a bath. The skin absorbs nourishing ingredients faster when it’s still damp and soft.

Practice proper skin care to prevent skin irritation! Now that you know these useful tips, you can change up your skin care routine to adapt to the cold weather.

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