Skin Care Tips For When The Weather Changes

I have to say that when it comes to skin care, I’m rather spoiled. Here in Miami, we don’t experience the same cold, snowy winters that our friends and family farther north experience every year. As a result, I don’t need to make drastic changes to my skin care routine every season.

That said, this year, Peter and I are headed to visit some of those friends and family members during the holiday season, and I know my current skin care strategies just won’t hold up against weather that will have me getting my heavy coat out of storage. Skin care needs are different in colder weather than they are when it’s hot and humid, so unless I want a dry, sagging face at all the parties and gatherings (and in all the pictures people take while we’re there), I need to have a strategy in place.

There are a number of things that need to change with the weather to keep skin happy. In my experience, they include the following:

• Cleanser

This is the component of my skin care that is most likely to stay the same. If I were going to spend an entire winter in the cold and snow, I’d likely switch to an oil cleanser from the cream cleanser I use in warmer weather. Still, as long as the moisturizing and hydration I use to follow is enough, I don’t need to make many changes to my cleansing. The key is to always use a cleanser that cleans without stripping away the skin’s protective mantle.

• Moisturizing

In my opinion, this is the most important step to change from warm weather to cold weather. The light lotions from summertime aren’t enough in the winter. I’m planning on using a hydration serum followed by a well balanced skin oil in the daytime as well as a moisturizing antioxidant-rich restoring cream at night.

• SPF

UV protection is important all year round. Still, I tend to use a lower SPF in the winter time to make sure I still get some vitamin D. I use an SPF 30 in the summer, but I usually choose an SPF 15 during the winter. This helps to keep my skin safe from sun damage and reduce the risk of skin cancer while I still stave off Seasonal Affective Disorder. I find the winter blues much harder to handle in cold weather than I do when it’s warm, so I take these extra steps to protect myself.

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