When we think about winter weather, we think dry hands, cracked noses,
red cheeks— basically, we’re reminded of a slew of unsavory
skin conditions that colder temperatures inflict upon us.
But, given that we have a few more months of freezing weather to endure,
we decided to put on our rose colored glasses and see if there are actually
some perks to those icy winds. After learning the following five ways
chilly temps can actually help your skin, we’ve decided that maybe
cold weather really isn’t so bad after all.
1. It helps keep pores clog-free.
Cold weather can act as a tonic or astringent. It helps to reduce clogs
and keep pores less visible and refined. Cold weather also slows down
and prevents the secretion of sebum, keeping shine at bay and reducing acne.
2. It can improve your sleep.
Getting a full night’s sleep is necessary for skin health, from
reducing under eye circles to making sure your complexion stays glowing.
Too-high nighttime temps actually disturb sleep—causing tossing
and turning for most people—while coldness mimics the body’s
natural drop in internal temperature, which occurs a couple hours after
we hit the hay. Therefore, most sleep scientists believe that a slightly
cool room contributes to good sleep.
3. It reduces puffiness..
Cold weather promotes blood circulation in both the face and body, having
a magical effect on reducing inflammation and swelling to the eyes and face.
4. It can keep you looking younger.
Cold weather enhances the complexion and rejuvenates skin. In a way, it
slows down the aging process—think of cryotherapy spa treatments
or splashing cold water on your face in the morning—and keeps skin
tight, vibrant and radiant.
5. It helps you burn fat.
Okay, so this is more of an all-over-your-body effect of cold weather,
but it can make a significant impact on your general appearance: In 2012,
researchers discovered that cold weather appears to trigger calorie burn.
Basically, cold temps signal your “brown fat” (the fat that
allegedly helps burn your other “white fat”) to get to work,
meaning that winter weather can be the catalyst for weight loss.