Dry weather consists of air that either has no water vapor or low relative humidity. When the relative humidity level drops below 40 percent, it can make the lips chapped and skin dry.
The epidermis is composed of lipids and protein. These portions of the skin help prevent skin dehydration. In dry weather, the skin loses its fatty oils and moisture much quicker than in humid weather.
Summer & Winter Alike
Keep in mind that dry air can occur during both summer and winter months depending on where you live.
During colder months, there is often low humidity which results in dried out skin. Bitter cold winds can also strip moisture from the skin. Long-term use of central heating during the colder months can cause dry skin. HVAC systems cause dry air that acts like a sponge and soaks up moisture. Adding a humidifier just might do the trick.
Hot, dry weather from the sun in the summertime depletes the skin of its hydration, as the dry air evaporates moisture. Using a moisturizer that is sun or heat activated is ideal for the warmer months.
What To Do
No matter what the season, there are steps you can take to battle dry skin due to dry weather. Since cold air holds moisture, has low humidity and the skin loses water by evaporation into the dry air, it’s important to lotion up liberally with natural facial creams and natural eye creams.
Applying a moisturizer in the morning and at night will hydrate the skin. Also, using a moisturizer right after a shower will help seal in some of that water while the skin is still hydrated. And while hot, soaking baths feel wonderful in the winter, it actually makes the skin drier. So, if you’re going to soak it up in a warm bath, be sure to moisturize afterwards.
In addition to dry skin, dry weather can cause the skin to look dull, feel itchy, appear red, age prematurely and cause flare-ups of skin problems like eczema. Eczema sufferers can benefit from natural moisturizers that contain ingredients like eucalyptus, Shea butter and colloidal oatmeal. Those with severely dry skin can benefit from skin lotions that have lactic acid. Lactic acid is an effective humectant that retains water. Natural skin care creams and natural eye creams with nourishing ingredients like licorice roots and glycerin are also effective.
Without a doubt, dry weather is an enemy of the skin. Using a daily moisturizer is likely the most effective weapon to battle this element of Mother Nature. Make it a part of your regular skin care regimen, and you’ll be ready to conquer dry weather. Your skin will thank you, and you’ll look and feel better.