Low Humidity and Cold Temps: Skin’s Winter Enemies

Darryl Wahl
Written by Darryl Wahl

This time of year may bring about warm and fuzzy memories of holiday gatherings, but the imminent start of the winter season doesn’t generally mean good things for your skin. Both low humidity and colder temperatures are skin’s winter enemies. They have to be treated as such.

Autumn is a good time to start thinking about how you will protect your skin over the course of the coming winter. Good things to think about include your holiday diet, your sleep and exercise routines, and a daily skincare regimen meant to protect your skin against all the harsh environmental conditions it will face as the weather turns colder.

An effective skin care regimen includes all-natural products that cleanse and nourish the skin rather than attacking it with harsh chemicals. A chamomile cleanser and facial healing oils from Poethique are good examples. All-natural skincare products are just what the skin needs to survive the winter.

Winter’s Low Humidity

Lower humidity occurs across most of the United States from late autumn to early spring. Even in states that get plenty of rain the rest of the year, like Florida for example, a drop in humidity is the natural result of colder air streaming south from Canada. That lower humidity presents yet another challenge for sensitive skin.

Human skin requires ample moisture to stay healthy. Without enough of it, skin dries out and flakes. It also ages more quickly. Unfortunately, low humidity works against our skin in a rather subtle way that may not be recognized until the dryness and flakiness start showing up.

In colder climates, there is an additional problem to worry about: central, forced air heating that tends to rob the ambient air of any moisture it does contain. In short, the typical American home can be a very dry place during the months the furnace is running. Only connecting a humidifier to the furnace solves the problem.

Winter’s Colder Temperatures

If the problems of low humidity are not enough, colder temperatures just make things worse. Cold air does not hold moisture as well as warm air, so that cold air sweeping out of Canada contains even less natural moisture. This creates yet another problem when people are moving around outdoors.

Less humid air tends to absorb moisture from the skin on contact. That is why a cold wind blowing in your face serves only to dry out your skin. The colder the air, the more damaging a consistent wind can be. All that blood rushing to the surface of the skin to keep it warm displaces moisture too, inviting more trouble.

Cleanse, Moisturize, Protect

Knowing how damaging low humidity and colder temperatures can be is motivation to take care of your skin during the winter months. No matter where you live, be it in a colder or warmer climate, it is important to protect your skin by cleansing and moisturizing it. An all-natural cleansing milk combined with healing oils can do the trick.

The new range of products from Poethique are uniquely designed to help maximize the daily skincare routine. If you do not have a regular routine that you follow, autumn is as good a time as any to start one. Work on developing a skincare routine today in anticipation of what is coming our way in just a few short weeks.

Remember, low humidity and colder temperatures are skin’s winter enemies. Be prepared this winter. Develop a daily skincare routine that includes all-natural products designed to protect your skin from everything winter has to throw at it. You will be glad you did come spring.

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Darryl Wahl

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