Skincare for Autumn/Winter

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It's that cold and wet time of the year. When our skin gets dry, itchy and irritated. But there are a few things you can do to stop/prevent that.

1. Moisturize
During the cold months moisturizing can do more bad that good. The hot, dry air in buildings dries our skin out. So it's natural to think that we need to moisturize it more.
But when you go outside, the water in your moisturizing cream can freeze on your skin damaging it. The best time to moisturize is before going to bed. Your skin will have the time to absorb the cream and repair any minuscule damage.

2. Protect
I know that being shiny isn't trendy, but so isn't dry and cracked skin. Before going out you should apply a good, oil based cream. The oil acts as a barrier between your skin and the cold air, and prevents it from drying and cracking. It's also a good idea to check for one with a high UV protection. You can still burn your skin in the middle of winter.

3. Clothing
Clothing is our first line of defense against cold. The air pockets between our clothes and our skin act as an isolation. But if your clothing is too tight (jeans, shoes, even shirts) it can cut off the circulation to your skin. That way your skin won't get enough oxygen and will become dry and grey.
So wear loose-fitting clothes and wear shoes with enough room for your feet and toes.

4. Don't smother yourself.
Okay I know that when you're cold a cotton shirt does't feel warm enough. But natural products are better for your skin and body. Cotton, wool, leather and even down in a coat don't smother your body and skin like synthetics do.
Leather gloves and shoes hold of the cold and icy wind and are water-resisted. Loosely knitted scarves, sweaters and hats will keep you warm, but will also let excessive heat escape.
Cotton underneath wool will keep you from sweating too much. And down in coats just reflects your own body heat instead of trapping it.

5. Don't forget the rest
Your lips also need a good moisturizing balm in the night and oily UV balm.
The rest of our body also gets dry so exfoliating before moisturizing your whole body is a good idea. And massaging an oily cream into your legs before putting on clothes in the morning will keep them from drying out.
The scalp is also vulnerable, so don't forget to treat your head once a week with a winter hair mask that has also moisturizing properties and wear a hats under 8 degrees Celsius. Cold air will do more damage than the hat. After pulling your hat of your hair either comb it lightly with a brush or flip your hair back and forth a few times.

I hope that these tips and tricks will help you battling the cold weather.
Let me know in the comments below if you know any other tips/tricks that work.

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