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Caring for your skin during cold weather

Cold weather affects your skin

Cold weather dries out the skin and makes it harder to keep it moisturized and healthy

In the winter, the air is drier, which in turn dries out your skin. This can contribute to a variety of problems: redness, itchiness and skin irritation, among others. Since skin is your body’s largest organ and acts as a barrier protecting against infection, it’s important to take action to help keep it moisturized during the Winter or cold weather stretches.

Moisturizing is key to keeping your skin healthy during cold weather

This is one of the most important things you can do to keep your skin in good health, especially during cold weather. Moisturizing helps lock moisture into the skin and stops it from becoming dry or irritated. When shopping for a moisturizer, make sure that it says “non-clogging” on the label, as some moisturizers can be made with ingredients that clog pores, which can lead to acne breakouts. Hawaiian Moon Aloe is an excellent skin healing moisturizer and uses non-clogging, organic and natural ingredients with no fragrances!  If you have sensitive skin or other medical concerns about what products you can use on your skin, consult a dermatologist before buying a new moisturizer.
The best time to apply a moisturizer like Hawaiian Moon Aloe is right after washing your face with warm water and a cleanser, like Hawaiian Moon Cleanser, designed to remove makeup. Once applied, gently rub the moisturizer into your face (or follow the moisturizer’s application instructions) until it has been evenly distributed and allowed to be absorbed into the skin. Apply the product at least once per day—more often if possible—to ensure that your skin is properly protected throughout cold weather months!

Moisturize twice a day

After you take a bath or shower, pat skin dry with a towel. Don’t rub your skin, as this can irritate it and make it feel drier. Apply moisturizer immediately after bathing so the product is absorbed into damp skin. Choose products that suit your skin type. If you have oily skin, use oil-free or water-based moisturizers as they’re lighter on the skin than other formulas. For sensitive skin, look for products labeled “fragrance free”, like Hawaiian Moon Aloe,  since artificial fragrances can irritate the skin and cause redness or rashes. If you have dry or cracked lips, try using an ointment instead of lip balm; most lip balms contain alcohol which can cause further drying of the lips and lead to chapping in cold weather. Ointments are more effective at healing dry lips because they form a protective seal over them to lock in moisture.

Add other skin products to your regimen

Adding a facial cleanser, like Hawaiian Moon Facial Cleanser, prior to your other products can helps in removing remnants of other applications like creams or even make up.
Additionally, using products like Hawaiian Moon Facial Toner, an alcohol-free, water-based toner to restore the skin’s natural pH balance after washing your face and before applying your moisturizer can also improve your skin’s hydration. Toner can help restore your skin’s pH balance and keep your pores clean. Toner is designed to rehydrate the skin after washing, which can leave it feeling tight and dry. Toners are typically used as an additional step in a daily skincare routine. They usually come in liquid form and are applied with a cotton pad or cotton ball. You can use a toner morning or night, but if you use it both times, you should apply it first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

What is pH?

The pH scale measures how alkaline or acidic something is on a scale of 0–14, where 7 is neutral. For example, lemon juice has a pH of 2, which means that it’s acidic, while baking soda has a pH of 8–9, which makes it alkaline or basic.
When you wash your face with soap and water — no matter what type — certain ingredients affect the skin’s natural acidity level (pH). In order for the skin to function properly after cleansing or when using other products containing preservatives or fragrances (or even between applications), its natural barrier must be restored to an ideal acidity level as quickly as possible.

Always room to improve hydration

To summarize, cold weather really affects your skin’s hydration. Using products in conjunction with your moisturizer can dramatically improve your skin’s health. If possible, try moisturizing twice daily – once in the morning and once in the evening.

What’s your secret to moisturized skin during the cold months?