PROPER SKIN CARE FOR THE CHANGING WEATHER

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.

Why You Should Use A Hand Cream

You wouldn’t wash your face without applying a moisturiser, so why not do the same for your hands? Hands are our tools and they allow us to carry out daily tasks in the home, at work and in the garden. But we all too often neglect them, leaving them defenceless to the environment and in poor condition.

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One of the first places to show any signs of ageing, your hands can easily give the game away if you neglect them. Using a hand cream is the best way to repair and restore damaged hands, ensuring that they not only look younger but feel softer too.

The skin on the back of your hands is decidedly different to the skin on your palms. The skin on top of your hands is much thinner and has less sebaceous glands, meaning it can become dry very quickly. In comparison, the skin on your palms is a lot thicker, so for moisture to penetrate this area a hand cream needs to be rich and full of moisture binding ingredients.

Along with everyday tasks; exposure to water, chemicals and severe temperatures are the main cause of damage to the hands.  Water is naturally drying for the skin, so even something as mundane as washing up without wearing gloves can cause more harm than good. Hands can become dry, cracked and painful, and are just as much of a problem for men as for women.

Generally, hand creams differ from those used on the body, as the hands require a different type of care. As they are constantly exposed, they need to not only feel good, but also be protected. Using a daily hand cream that contains an SPF is a must (especially during the summer) and one that sinks in quickly means it can be used throughout the day. At night, you can afford to go for something richer that uses more specific ingredients, like one containing anti-aging or skin lightening properties. For a more intensive treatment, after you have covered your hands in product, put on a pair of gloves. It might look odd, but they will help to lock moisture into the hands and prevent the product from being rubbed off, allowing it to sink in effectively. Wait around 15 minutes, then remove the gloves and you will instantly feel the difference in your skin.

If your hands are in relatively good condition and you don’t work with any harsh chemicals, you can go for a lighter formula hand lotion. These are still moisturising and can be applied throughout the day, but they won’t contain all the nourishing ingredients a thicker hand cream will.

Hand creams are much more advanced now and can treat a variety of skin conditions that require more than just hydration. Whether you want to fade age spots, tighten loose skin or soothe excessive dryness, there is a hand cream for you. Make sure you look out for ingredients like Vitamin E, Shea Butter, essential oils and Glycerin which will add much needed moisture to your skin.  If you want anti-aging properties, look out for antioxidants and AHAs, as these will help boost collagen, which plumps the skin.

Simply adding one product to your daily routine can completely change the condition of your hands, so the sooner you start using a hand cream, the sooner you will see results.