How Weather Affects Your Skin
Friday, September 20, 2019
How Weather Affects Your Skin:
Winter is often the season of skin's discontent. "The dry outdoor air and indoor heat cause the skin to lose moisture and become red, dry, and itchy," says dermatologist David Bank, M.D. Many common skin conditions can be exacerbated, including rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis. On the other end of the spectrum, hot temps and sun can also aggravate these conditions (and skin in general) by dilating blood vessels and increasing blood flow to the skin.
Head It Off:
Hydrate, moisturize, and protect. Pat moisturizer onto damp skin right after you shower to seal in moisture. If you're in a dry climate or during seasons with low humidity, consider using a humidifier. When you're outdoors, wear sunscreen (even in winter), and if it's windy, protect your face with a scarf to prevent chafing.