An excellent first step is to avoid stripping your skin by choosing the correct cleanser for your skin type and skin conditions. Washing your face twice daily with an appropriate non-foaming or low foaming cleanser is ideal as the environment becomes cooler and drier. This will help you avoid looking and feeling dull, dry, and flaky. This step will also help minimize any irritation and help prevent surface dehydration.
You will definitely want to avoid alcohol-based toners as they strip the skin of its protective acid mantle. It's best to be mindful that their use leads to redness, irritation, and critically damages your lipid barrier. Resulting in long-term problems for you and your skin.
Make sure you moisturize daily in the morning, and in the evening before bed. Choose a multi-functional moisturizer that is specific for your skin's needs. Be aware, that when you choose to skip this step. Your skin will become more vulnerable to the elements or it may produce more oil than necessary to ensure its own protection. If your skin needs a night cream, a treatment cream or a serum. Be sure to choose a specialty treatment product that addresses a specific skin condition that concerns you. These specialty products are concentrated and are optimally formulated. Best of all these products remain undisturbed for hours on your face while you sleep. This night-time ritual works synergistically when your skin is carrying out its repair cycle. Be sure to include sunscreen regardless of your outside exposure. Sunscreen is best used daily.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day as it plays an essential part in keeping your skin healthy. Water helps to maintain your skin's optimum moisture levels and aids in the delivery of nutrients to your cells. As the days become shorter, the air inside is drier and colder outside. Consider investing in a humidifier to help prevent your skin from drying out and curtailing static electricity shocks in your home. A humidifier will help your skin retain its natural moisture.
We all love long, hot showers especially when it's cold. That practice is a definite no-no, bad idea! Your skin is designed to be protected by a very thin layer of natural oils to keep it optimally healthy, and to help it retain its moisture. Bathing in hot water softens that natural protection and allows your skin's natural moisture to wash away. Bathe once a day unless your needs dictate otherwise. Keep the water warm, not hot and avoid bathing all over with bar soap. Opt for a body cleanser that moisturizes and cleans without stripping your body. Upon exiting from your bathing ritual, gently pat your skin with a towel to minimize irritation. Followed by the application of a body moisturizer while your skin is still damp. By doing so, you will help trap moisture in the skin. Don't forget your hands and cuticles since they receive a lot of exposure on a daily basis. Reapply hand cream frequently throughout the day. As the temperature drops be sure to wear protective clothing.