Weather and your Skin

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The weather can really affect your skin. Whether it’s cold and dry, hot and humid, or even hot and dry, an area’s climate can cause acne breakouts, itchy dry patches, and wrinkles. Extremes in weather conditions can also aggravate existing conditions or generate new ones. It’s common knowledge that skin needs to be hydrated in dry climates. Hydrated skin is radiant and healthier and is less likely to break, crack or become inflamed.

Skin in dry weather conditions tends to be stiffer, and the folds in the skin tend to be more intense. In dry weather, the water in your skin evaporates, and any moisturizer you apply will also evaporate more rapidly. What does this mean? Dry weather, whether it’s cold, dry weather, or hot, dry weather, leads to skin damage — and some of this damage is wrinkles and fine lines. 

Why and how does skin change from season to season? 

Warm to cold weather: As the weather shifts from summer to fall, temperature and humidity drop quickly. Your skin has to work harder to maintain enough hydration. As cold weather and harsh wind kick in, cracks can form in the outer layer of skin ad inflammation can set in. It’s not the sudden weather change alone that causes this damage to the skin. Lifestyle also plays a part. For example, taking showers in hot water and using central heating can contribute to this dryness in the skin. 

Cold to warm weather: As the weather gets warmer and humidity increases, the skin needs to adapt to the warm and humid air. When this happens, more oil gets trapped on the surface of the skin. It’s essentially the opposite of what happens from summer to fall or fall to winter.  

Cold Weather 

Cold climates can be tough on your skin. The low humidity dries out your skin, and if you’re exposed to cold wind, moisture can be stripped right off. You may find your skin getting rough, red, itchy, cracked, and/or peeling during the winter months. Avoid taking long hot showers and apply a good moisturizer. 

Hot Weather 

In warmer climates, increased heat and humidity can cause the skin to sweat. If your skin is naturally oily, you may break out. Heat rashes and irritated skin can also be a byproduct of hot weather. Using an oil-removing cleanser can help remove excessive sebum — an oily, waxy substance produced by your body’s sebaceous glands.
When it comes to your skin, extremes of weather and the transitions between weather patterns can wreak havoc on your skin. These are the times that your skin is susceptible to wrinkles and fine lines. Take some extra time to really pamper your skin. Get a good-quality moisturizer and stay hydrated.

 

Drink lots of water, avoid the sun and avoid the cold winds. Keep your shower water temperature lukewarm and make those showers quick. After all, keeping those lines off your skin is a priority.