The Weather and Your Skin

With winter upon us, it’s useful to know how the weather might be affecting your skin in any season. Weather affects people differently, so one solution may not fit everyone. Ask your dermatologist first to give your skin the best care in all seasons. 

Whether it’s cold and dry or hot and humid, climate can affect the skin on your body, causing anything from acne breakouts to itchy, dry areas. Intense weather, whether hot or cold, can aggravate skin conditions or even cause new ones to appear. Giving your skin the best treatment will ensure it stays healthy in all climates. 

 No matter what the weather is like, use of sunscreen is recommended daily. Exposure to the sun is a major cause of wrinkles and early aging of the skin, so wearing a high SPF sunscreen can keep skin looking healthy and young. 

Colder climates can leave your skin feeling drier than usual. Cold temperatures are often less humid,drying out the skin quicker when exposed. Things like cold winds can take away any moisture from the skin. During the colder winter months, many people may experience rough, red, cracked or peeling skin due to dryness. Moisturizing every day, especially moisturizers with sunscreen, can greatly improve the dryness experienced in colder climates. 

In warmer climates, greater heat and humidity can cause you to sweat, increasing the chances of breakouts, especially for skin that is oily. Additionally, there are some skin conditions that might flare up due to the dry conditions of the heat. Eczema and those prone to heat rashes should be mindful of hotter weather. 

Moisturizing daily, avoiding hot showers and baths, and using soothing skin products can greatly improve the conditions of your skin. If your skin conditions become severe in any of these climates, contact a dermatologist to ensure you get proper treatment. Schedule a consultation with Radiant Skin NYC to learn more about how best to treat your skin.