For those living in chillier climates, the biting cold and dry air of the late fall can be damaging for anyone’s skin. If there’s one part of your routine to be vigilant about, it should be proper and consistent moisturizing with an effective, reliable lotion.
Dr. Jeanine Downie, director of Image Dermatology P.C., recommends a dermatologist-approved, therapeutic option like Lubriderm® – great for all skin types and perfect for the whole family.
“The number one thing to keep in mind when transitioning from summer to fall is moisturizer,” says Dr. Downie. “Now that there is less humidity in the air, people will need to moisturize their skin a bit more to protect it from the significantly cooler weather.”
It’s important to note that a one-size-fits-all approach to skincare isn’t advisable. Choose appropriate oil-based products. “Nonclogging” oils like avocado oil, mineral, primrose, or almond oil can enrich the skin.
An oil-based “ointment” moisturizer will help create a protective layer on the skin, helping it retain more moisture than a cream or lotion. When choosing the right moisturizer for your skin, Dr. Downie recommends keeping an eye out for products that have key ingredients like Glycerin, Dimethicone, mineral oil, oatmeal, or petroleum jelly.
Is Your Wool Sweater Doing More Harm Than Good?
It’s very easy to fall into a wardrobe rut, with clothes made out of wool and other heavy fabrics dominating an outfit once the temperature drops. But the irritation of heavy wool can actually do harm or cause irritation to your skin. Softer fabrics are key. Cotton or other breathable synthetic fabrics can help soothe the skin and protect you from irritation caused by unruly textures or even your own sweat!
It’s also important to stay dry since wet fabrics, socks, and gloves can irritate skin. This can especially cause irritation and flare-ups for those with eczema, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Accessorize Your Skin
Don’t pack away the sunscreen just because the weather cools. Dermatologists actually advise applying a sunscreen with at least SPF 20 or higher to take on the solar glare caused by snow. Pay close attention to exposed areas like your hands and face.
“SPF is important to be used year round,” says Dr. Downie. The sun is not as strong as it is in the summer months but it can damage your skin and can lead to fine lines, wrinkles, sun freckles, and skin cancer in worst case scenarios.”
Did you know that that the most exposed parts of the body also contain the thinnest layer of skin? This means that the skin on human hands also has fewer oil glands, making it hard to keep them properly hydrated over the course of the day. Combat this by keeping moisturizer on hand, along with a pair of leather or wool gloves for added protection.
So as we head into the colder months, it’s essential to remember that hydration for our skin is key! Remember to choose reliable options to combat the unforgiving cold weather discomfort and damage to your skin.