November 14 2018 – Tyra Johnson-Brown
The calendar has barely turned to November, but in much of the country, it already feels like winter, with snow, dry air and freezing temperatures leaving surroundings cracked and bleak. But our skin often a casualty of similar forces doesn't have to end up the same way. So, when winter comes around, there’s no denying that our skin suffers.
As our bodies naturally begin to produce less oil, our complexions become imbalanced and unstable. Plus, moving around outside and weathering the frigid temperatures and wind chills can contribute to dull and dehydrated skin.
You will notice that the change of seasons is always a stress on your skin and body in general. This is the time of year you see people flaring with skin conditions. Many subtle things can really affect your skin, especially during these colder months.
Getting Your Skin Right for Winter Playtime
- Switch from lotion to cream
When you switch your seasonal wardrobes, it's a good idea to do the same with your skin emollient. And you can do this by prepping your skin for winter is providing it with plenty of hydration and moisture. Using creams, which are typically more moisturizing, instead of lotions, provide more of a stronger barrier and reduce water loss in the skin. Creams feel heavier on the skin, but they do a much better job at protecting against temperature and humidity extremes.
Your skin will usually feel better if you include your winter skin care regimen with a richer moisturizer that has more oil content and less water content, which is definitely good to put it on at night.
- Take shorter showers
Sometimes the very things that make us feel good in the moment, such as long, hot showers or baths, can leave our skin crying out for moisture over the longer-term. Make the choice to take shorter, more lukewarm baths and showers and remember to pat your skin dry afterward, following up quickly with a layer of moisturizer from head to toe.
- Don't skip sunscreen
Though we're less exposed to sun in winter, that doesn't mean we can stop protecting ourselves from its rays altogether. Some skin creams have sunscreen built in, but make sure it carries an SPF (sun protection factor ) rating of 15 or higher. For those who spend a lot of time outdoors whether working or playing in the snow, a SPF of 30 or higher is even better. Our Melan-In Skin Nourishing Lotion + MPF will add a glow and an instant vitamin boost to your body care regime with our 100% plant-based serum, now added to our most lavish lotion! This 4-in-1 moisturizer targets: Moisture, Anti-aging, UV Protection, and Skin Evening! Heals irritation and calms inflammation while protecting your complexion to reveal even, glowing, luminous skin.
- Wear gloves
Most people wait until temperatures turn frigid before wearing gloves, but it is recommended wearing them every day until spring. That's because even minor skin chapping on the hands can turn into fissures that become infected. (The same is true for lips, which should always be covered with lip balm when venturing outdoors.) Protecting your skin early is always what’s best for your skin.