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By Lakiera Thompson
Now that we are in the dry seasons, the cold weather can be very harsh on our skin. By the
weather being so cool and dry, it can cause skin problems if not taken care of. Acne, eczema,
increased hyperpigmentation, and even more skin conditions can arise if the skin is not
properly protected from these harsh seasons. Here are some tips on how to keep your skin
healthy during the colder months.
1. Stay hydrated.
Staying hydrated is the most important tip. Our bodies need water to survive, and our skin also
needs water to stay healthy and looking vibrant. A lot of people don't know that the cold
dehydrates skin. Have you ever lotioned up, went outside in the cold and came back in with dry,
tight skin? It's because the chilly weather has dried your skin causing it to become dehydrated.
It is important to increase your water intake during the fall and winter seasons!
2. Continue to use sunscreen!
Even though summer has ended and the weather is getting cooler, we still need to use
sunscreen. Yes, the sun warming you up feels great but it's still very damaging to your skin. Sun
rays causes hyperpigmentation in the colder seasons just like the warmer seasons, so it
doesn't matter how hot or cold it is. Continuing to use sunscreen is very important because who
wants increased dark spots with dry and dehydrated skin?
3. Use a body butter or oil.
Lotion is okay, sometimes, especially if you have oily skin. It's mostly dry skin that suffers during
fall and winter seasons, so using a body butter or oil will give your skin the extra moisture and
protection it needs. If you have oily skin and still would like to be perfectly moisturized, applying
body butters at night would probably work best.
4. Don't take extremely hot showers or baths!
Hot water can be very harsh on the skin. It causes the skin to break down natural oils which
prevents it from looking moisturized and soft. If you can't resist taking showers or baths in hot
water, be sure not to soak for more than 15 minutes.
5. Don't forget the Lips!
Our lips are the thinnest skin on our bodies, so they need extra protection from the cold. The
best way to protect them is to exfoliate and moisturize. Exfoliation gets rid of dead skin and
causes the lips to become smooth. Using a lip balm will add moisture back into the lips to
prevent them from getting chapped!
Drinking plenty of water, using sunscreen, and moisturizing are all important factors in taking
great care of your skin. Don't forget that the skin is the protector of everything else in the body,
so give it tender loving care this season!