Let October Be Your Skin Care Preparedness Month!

The month of October for most of the United States marks the transition between the warm, humid, part of the year and the cooler months that coincide with higher indoor drying stresses on skin due to lower indoor humidities and temperatures. As the map below shows, in early October, 2016, much of the western US had outdoor water vapor levels below 10 g/m3, while the levels in the Midwest and East were gradually trending toward that level.

Regional climatic conditions across the USA drive changes in outdoor water vapor levels, which in turn directly impact indoor humidities and associated drying stresses on skin.

Regional climatic conditions across the USA drive changes in outdoor water vapor levels, which in turn directly impact indoor humidities and associated drying stresses on skin.

During the next several months indoor drying stresses on skin will increase even more due to reduced humidities and temperatures as the heating season begins in earnest. So, in anticipation of those greater environmental stressors, it’s a good time to prepare for the associated skin-care requirements.  

Shop for Moisturizing Lotions and Creams

If your skin moisturizer needs replacement (time to check?), consider shopping for good deals now so that you avoid the higher costs of last minute shopping.  For your convenience, we have links to popular moisturizers at Amazon. Regardless of the moisturizer you select, remember that it’s the regular use of a moisturizer rather than its ingredients that is the real secret to dry skin care.

Check Out Room Humidifiers

If you have never used a room humidifier to deal with the low indoor humidities associated with the winter months, consider evaluating different brands that may suit your needs. One strategy is to use a humidifier in your bedroom while you sleep, which will help hydrate your skin as well as your nasal passages.