What Winter Does To Your Skin

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Cold weather is tough on skin. Cold temperatures and low humidity levels result in dry air that draws moisture away from the skin. Harsh winter winds and dry indoor heat can make the problem worse and lead to cracked and even bleeding skin. Skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis may also flare up during these cold, dry months.

Know your skin.

Whether you’re a sun worshipper or vigilant about sun safety, it’s important to examine your skin regularly and take note of any new moles or growths, and any changes in existing growths. Lesions that change, itch, bleed, or don’t heal are also alarm signals. Even if you’ve carefully practiced sun safety all summer, it’s important to continue being vigilant about your skin in fall, winter, and spring. Self-exams can help you identify potential skin cancers early.

Say no to UV tanning.

Many people think a tanning bed can provide the vitamin D they’re lacking during dark, short, cold days, but in fact, the damage a tanning bed can do to your skin far outweighs any temporary boost. Both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation cause cell damage that can lead to skin cancer.

Don’t forget the sunscreen.

Sunscreen isn’t just for hot summer months. Winter sun, combined with glare from the snow, can seriously damage your skin. Apply sunscreen to your face and hands (if they’re exposed) about 30 minutes before you go outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside for a long time.

Exfoliation helps replenish skin. Between the cold air outside and dry indoor heating, your skin cells dehydrate and die out faster in winter. You’ll want to buff away these dead cells so new cells can come in healthier and without obstruction.

The Tan Lab’s Gradual Tan is a moisture rich gradual self tanner containing micro-algae extracts. This product provides any skin tone with a subtle glow to maintain a healthy skin tone during winter. Gradual Tan contains the eco-certified ingredient Caprylic which is considered an excellent emollient and skin-repairing element in skincare products. It also assists the skin in resisting moisture loss. It is important to keep your skin moisturised and hydrated during the winter seasons.

Using a good moisturiser is key to locking in your skin’s natural moisture during the winter months. Apart from enhancing the moisture content of your skin, using a good moisturiser can soothe your skin and improve its glow.

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