How Cold Weather Affects Your Skin

How Cold Weather Affects Your Skin


With winter coming up, we know many people are getting excited for cool nights spent around a fire with a good book, holiday fun seeing family and celebrating with loved ones, and maybe even a getaway or two to snowy mountain playgrounds. But winter brings more than just fun in the snow: that cold weather can do a number on your skin. To find out how winter affects your skin and what you can do about it, let’s dive into the science behind cold weather and skin.

Dry Air Damage

If you understand the concept of humidity, you already understand the core elements of how air affects skin. All air contains a certain percentage of water dissolved into the air: this is the humidity. Air with 100% humidity has as much water in it as it can hold, while air with 0% humidity has no water at all. For skin, humidity is generally a good thing. The higher the humidity, the more ambient moisture around your skin. The lower the humidity, the more the air will suck moisture away from skin and leave it dry.

Hot air is capable of holding more water than cold air, so as temperatures drop during the winter, humidity decreases as well. This has the effect of sapping moisture away and drying out your skin, often leaving it appearing flaky, dry, or even cracked and damaged. This is why winter can damage skin, leaving it cracked and dry.

You can do a number of things to help fight this damage. On a basic level, moisturizing creams and oils can replenish the moisture that the air sucks away from your skin, helping to combat dryness. For more severe dehydration, though, you might consider a chemical peel. Chemical peels lift away the dry, damaged top layers of the skin, revealing the healthier, younger skin that lies beneath. This new skin, which still retains more moisture, is easier to protect from the cold air by using moisturizers.

Contact Your Chemical Peel Experts

Every person’s skin is different, and you’ll need to experiment to find your own perfect regimen of care to keep your skin healthy – and we can help with that. We’ve helped countless customers replenish damaged skin and achieve a youthful, radiant look all year round, and we’d be happy to do the same for you. Feel free to browse our skin care products for new ways to fight winter dryness, or if you have questions about caring for your own unique skin type, you can call us at 877.336.4652 or reach out to us at our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you!

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