As the leaves start to fall and the air starts to become crisper you might experience some changes in your skin. As the temperature outside starts its slow descent you may notice that your skin is tighter and drier than usual. Maybe, if you’re prone to acne, you are starting to notice that your blemishes are becoming more inflamed then normal. According to dermatologists, these changes may have something to do with the seasonal changes. While you cannot stop the seasons from changing there are a few things that you can do to help alleviate these changes your skin is having to adapt to. Unfortunately, our skin does not have a little voice to tell us what it needs and when it needs it. Often when we figure out what our skin is telling us and we think we have it averted the situation, an unexpected rash or outbreak of acne pops up. This reminds us that our skin is delicate and something we need to constantly take care of. The environment and the weather your skin is exposed to has a huge impact on the integrity of our skin. When it is too hot and dry, our skin lets us know. Winter however, is possibly the worst season for skin health. This is due to the harsh cold winds that irritate the delicate skin on our faces. These winter months bring drier conditions that strip our skin of its natural moisture leading to red patches and excess dry skin clogging pores, causing acne and other skin conditions.

How can you take care of your skin during these seasonal changes?

1. Change up your routine

As the weather changes so to should your skincare routine. You should start using a nourishing body wash followed by a thicker cream to help keep your skin from drying out. An oil-based moisturizer should be used over water-based moisturizers, as the oil will create a protective shield over the skin.

2. Use Humidifiers

Space heaters and central air often blast hot air throughout home and offices. Using a humidifier to circulate more moisture in the air can help prevent your skin from drying out due to the hot air. Several small humidifiers should be placed throughout your home to help distribute the moisture throughout your home evenly.

3. Keep using Sunscreen

Sunscreen is not just for summertime! Winter sun can still damage your skin, sometimes even more due to snow glare. Applying sunscreen to your face about 30 minutes before going outside can help block the harmful rays.

4. Slow down on face masks

Using some face masks can cause more harm to your skin then help during these dry harsh months. Avoid using masks, peels and alcohol-based toners, as these can all strip vital oil from your skin. Instead use cleansing milk, a gentle cleanser, a toner with no alcohol and deep-hydrating masks. Even though these are better options during these winter months, you still want to use them less often.

5. Ban hot Baths/Showers

During the transition to the colder months, it is best to limit showers to shorter periods and staying away from hot water. You’re better off with lukewarm water and staying in the water for a shorter time. Taking a lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda can help relieve dry, irritated and itchy skin. While the quickly approaching weather is uncontrollable, the health of your skin is. Be aware of what your skin is trying to tell you and switch your routine when needed. Until our skin forgoes its relationship with the environment all we can do is cleanse, moisturize and hope for the best.