Winter is coming. As the year winds down to a close, you would be preparing for the drop in temperatures. Often, people go shopping for warm clothes, and get into a festive spirit when the anticipation of winter builds up. However, you cannot afford to ignore the fact that the change in the weather will also affect your skin. The effects can be wide-ranging, and that’s why you need to be aware of them.
The cold weather directly results in certain changes in the appearance and condition of your skin. In addition, you have to keep in mind that the weather might aggravate any skin conditions you suffer from. Generally, even a slight factor can trigger a breakout or lead to exacerbation of the ailment. People who suffer from eczema or acne will find the winter particularly challenging. However, the most significant concern you have to deal with is that winter can cause premature aging. Let’s explore how the change in weather affects your skin.
Constant Exposure to Heat
You may be surprised to learn that your exposure to heating increases during the winter. The reason for this is that you will spend most of your time indoors. Hence, you are near the fireplace or the central heating. As you would know, heat can extract the moisture from your skin. Over time, this can result in dryness and tightness of the skin, but this doesn’t mean you have to stay outdoors to deal with the issue. You can simply invest in a humidifier to overcome the risk of dryness.
Excessive Consumption of Alcohol and Sugar
For most people, the winter associates mainly with the holiday season, and the festivities bring with them a deluge of parties. In fact, a majority of people actually put on weight during the winter, and then resolve to drop the excess baggage in the new year. While the holiday weight might not harm your health significantly, the excessive consumption of alcohol and sugar can prove problematic for your skin.
Alcohol, like heat, can cause your skin to dry out. If you consume too much alcohol, the skin loses vitamin A, which is a crucial element in keeping your skin firm and supple. Sugar, on the other hand, causes inflammation. Plus, your body produces AGEs to process the sugar you consume, which in turn inhibit proteins in your system. Your skin might also be unable to deal with sun damage if you consume excessive sugar during the winter.
Decreased Levels of Physical Activity
Winter makes most people lazy. Pulling yourself out of bed in the morning can prove a challenge, let alone working out. Hence, you are likely to drop your routine of exercising regularly. This reason is why people add working out to their New Year’s resolutions, simply because they are unable to be fully active during the winter. Exercise not only keeps you healthy, ensuring that your mood remains stable and your organs function perfectly, but is also important for your skin.
You can keep stress at bay by working out regularly. Stress is among the leading causes of skin problems, as it can cause fine lines and wrinkles. Thus, you end up looking older than you actually are. Exercise boosts your body’s productions of ‘happy hormones’, which counter stress. Moreover, by working out, you can also reduce toxins in your body. Toxins can also damage your skin, and leading to premature aging.
Your Skincare Routine
Believe it or not, the skincare products you use as part of your routine might actually damage your skin during the winter. Due to the cold weather, your skin is sensitive. Therefore, if you use any harsh products, such as scented soaps, they can damage your skin. In addition, it’s also a good idea to use soft towels and cloths, and plenty of moisturizer. You should also make it a point to moisturize any areas of your body that you shave during the winter.
Last, but not the least, most people are in the habit of taking long, hot showers during the winter. Heading to the shower helps you relax and beat the cold weather outside. There’s a good chance that you might not want to leave the shower once you get in. However, the long hot showers can remove the natural oils from your skin. As mentioned above, using moisturizer is important during the winter. Long showers can lead to flaky skin, especially on your hands. So, invest in plenty of moisturizers and lotions for the winter season.
These are some ways in which the winter season can be the prelude to dry and flaky skin, which eventually leads to premature aging. A few simple tips can help you prevent the damage the weather might cause to your skin, allowing you to look your age, if not younger.