When cold weather sets in, most of us are often thrown off-guard. Just like the sunny weather, cold weather can be harsh and damaging to the skin too. In fact, most people complain that it becomes tough to maintain a fair skin during winter. To help you overcome cold weather and emerge from the cold season with a fairer skin here are simple ways on how to protect your skin from cold weather.
Wear your sunscreen
Let no one advice you otherwise that sunscreens should only be limited to sunny days. In fact you need sunscreen more than usual. The same harmful UV rays of the sun still linger on the environment the whole year round and still carry the same damaging effects. Not using sunscreen is fatal since you are subjecting your own skin to pigmentation, premature aging and drying. Make sure you always apply a good sunscreen suitable for your skin type at least thirty minutes before going out. If you plan to stay out in the cold for long periods, re-apply your sunscreen every time you feel like it.
Avoid long hot showers
Who loves a hot bathe during cold weather? Of course, we all do but make sure the water you are using is not too hot. Too hot water is damaging to the skin. Use warm water instead. Hot water strips your skin of natural oils leaving it unprotected susceptible to drying out or cracking. This can lead to sudden breakouts caused by the imbalance of the skin’s normal PH. Always remember that no one is against you taking a hot shower, but making your showers short instead of long can have less damaging effect to the sun.
Wear your moisturizer
Moisturizers are very important during cold seasons and come in handy during this time. The rule of the thumb is buying a moisturizer that suits your skin. Your old moisturizer may not be useful at this time a reason why you should buy a new moisturizer that can fit this kind of weather. Cold seasons are known for drying out the skin, chapping the lips and causing the skin to have a rough feeling. The only thing that helps prevent this from happening is a moisturizer. If you are unsure about the type of moisturizer to buy, always ask for help from a skin expert or a dermatologist.
People get dehydrated during the cold season. This is because the urge to drink fluids reduces greatly because you sweat less. However, as much as there is cold, you have to keep your fluids up at all times. Regular drinking of herbal teas, soups, warm milk and other warm fluids can add up to our normal fluid requirements of the body. Dehydration can make your skin dry a reason why you need to keep your fluid intake up at all times to protect your skin.
Protecting your skin is very easy in any kind of weather. Keep your focus in protecting your skin and you will never go astray. Never get tired of taking care of your skin because the moment you do, your skin will respond back negatively.