If you suffer with acne, breakouts, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads – do you find your skin is at its worst in the cooler months? I’m on a tropical island so we don’t have a winter, but from December til about March it’s cooler than it usually is from the rest of the year. I definitely struggle more with my skin in these times.
Common issues around this time may be rough texture, clogged pores, tightness, itchiness, dryness, peeling, flaking & actually some people’s skins get oilier! Factors causing these issues may be lack of vitamin D, perhaps poor eating (indulging in comfort foods to make you feel cozy) with many of these meals lacking nutrients, not drinking enough water, not changing skincare products to suit the temperature and sometimes even your mood when its rainy, dark, gloomy or dreary outdoors. Yes! Our skin can affected by our moods & psychological states.
So there are a couple of things you’d need to be mindful about and some things you’d need to adjust.
- Drinking enough water! Hydration is important to push those toxins out & keep your skin clear & healthy. Within 2 days you will see a huge difference in the texture of your skin.
- Change your moisturizer (& if you don’t moisturize, now is the time to start). Use a moisturizer that’s a bit thicker & richer to battle that dryness. For people who notice oilier than normal skins, you need to balance your oil glands. This is an indicator that you need to moisturize more.
- If you can’t get a few moments in the early morning sun (between 6am – 8am), then try supplementing for Vitamin D with capsules. Remember that the harsh UV rays of the sun can cause more damage than good, so don’t sun bathe or be in the sun for extremely long times without SPF & make sure to keep topping it up.
- Watch what you eat. There’s nothing wrong with indulging in comfort food if you so choose, but remember to balance that out with some clean eating, maybe a few salads alongside your meal, fresh fruit with your breakfast & of course fresh vegetable & fruit juices. Balance is key. Additionally – because for me comfort food is mostly carbs & dairy which can be inflammatory – I stay on top of my ginger tea game. I have a recipe that combats inflammation which I will share in another post.
- Cooler months/winter can be a gloomy time of year. With overcast skies & just a lot of greyness it can get you down. Remember that this can affect your skin. If & when possible, bear this in mind & try to focus on something that brings you happiness. I’ve always found winter a good time to stay active with my blog, do some online courses & just keep my mind occupied to keep the gloom away. When you’re busy & productive you don’t have the time to be down.
Have you noticed your skin getting worse in the winter/cooler months? Let me know & if you have any advice please feel free to share.
Thanks for reading! x