Humidity, temperature, wind, and sun can have a dramatic effect on the skin all over your body. West Texans are no strangers to extreme weather changes – sometimes in the same day. You can wake up to 60degree temperature and go to bed in the 20’s. We have seen the sun, wind, hail, sleet and snow in a 12-hour period.
Here are some tips to keep in mind.
Low humidity, heated air and wind can cause further drying of your skin. This is one reason why Rosacea and Eczema flare in the winter. Avoid long soaks in the tub, don’t let the water get too hot and use a moisturizing soap such as Dove. Moisturize your skin daily if you have eczema to help control the symptoms. Rosacea may require additional medical help to control.
Wash your face: Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser that does not contain alcohol. Wet your face with lukewarm water and use your fingertips to apply cleanser. Using a washcloth, mesh sponge, or anything other than your fingertips can irritate your skin. Resist the temptation to scrub your skin because scrubbing irritates the skin. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel. Apply moisturizer if your skin is dry or itchy. Be gentle when applying any cream around your eyes so you do not pull too hard on this delicate skin. Limit washing to twice a day and after sweating. Wash your face once in the morning and once at night, as well as after sweating heavily. Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat or helmet, irritates the skin. Wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating.
The sun not only bares down on you the same all year long but now you can get reflected light from the ground if there is snow or ice. So be sure to cover all of the surfaces before leaving your home. Remember SPF above 30 also prevents signs of aging.
As always stay hydrated. By drinking plenty of fluids your skin will stay moist longer and avoid wrinkles.