(BPT) - The long winter months can take a toll on skin due to colder temperatures and dry air. Plus, harsh irritants, dyes and artificial perfumes can trigger sensitivities, making it even more difficult to effectively care for skin.
Simple skincare consulting dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Segal reveals common seasonal sensitive skin triggers and shares her top tips for maintaining healthy-looking, beautiful skin throughout the cooler months to ensure a bright complexion when spring arrives.
Stay hydrated: Winter air often lacks moisture, which can cause skin to become dry and sensitive. 'Remember to drink one or two liters of water per day,' says Segal. 'Also, eat fruits and vegetables that are packed with water, such as apples, celery and cucumbers. These foods can help curb hunger and boost your water intake, to keep you healthy and hydrated all day.'
Re-evaluate your skincare routine: Women change their wardrobes and diets every season, so remember to update your skincare routine too. 'Use a gentle, moisturizing cleanser to nourish skin and avoid that tight feeling you can get after washing your face,' suggests Segal. 'I love the Simple® Moisturizing Facial Wash. Like all of the Simple facial skincare products, it has all the good ingredients that nourish and cleanse the skin, without the dyes, artificial perfumes, or harsh irritants that can upset skin. In fact, because of this philosophy, the complete range of Simple facial skincare products is perfect even for sensitive skin.' Moisturizer should be applied liberally and frequently. In addition, gently exfoliating once a week will help make skin brighter and more receptive to moisturizer, resulting in a healthy glow. Try using a gentle scrub to lift dry, dead skin cells and help skin look brighter and more evenly textured.
Adjust the heat: When temperatures drop, the natural reaction is to raise the thermostat. However, dry indoor air causes water to evaporate from skin, leaving it dehydrated, tight and flaky. Segal recommends using a humidifier to replace lost moisture in the air. This creates a more humid and moisturized environment for skin. Also, avoid long hot baths or showers because they cannot only compromise skin's natural lipid barriers, resulting in an increased loss of moisture, but also, in so doing, increase the risk of skin irritation. Instead, keep water at a lukewarm temperature and limit the amount of time spent in the bath or shower. Applying a rich, non-irritating moisturizer immediately after the bath or shower will help the skin retain moisture, which nourishes and soothes the skin.
Lay it on thick: Despite the chilly air, the sun's rays are just as strong during the cooler months as they are in the warmer ones. Plus, women who have sensitive skin are more prone to experiencing visible signs of irritation as a result of the sun's harmful effects. Segal warns, 'Going out without wearing sunscreen can lead to redness, burning, breakouts and other damage - no matter what season. Always be sure to incorporate a moisturizer with UVA and UVB protection into your skincare routine each day.'
Take a well-rounded approach: Skin sensitivities can be triggered by lifestyle factors such as diet and stress. 'Our skin reflects our overall health, both mind and body. In addition to maintaining a healthy diet, be sure to manage stress levels by taking time each day to decompress. Fitness activities can be a wonderful way to alleviate tension, keeping your mind, body and skin in great shape,' says Segal.
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