You’ve probably heard before that you shouldn’t stay out too long in the cold because you can catch a cold. From what we hear during our childhood, many of us believe that cold weather is cause for illness. This, however, is a misconception. Cold weather itself isn’t directly responsible for causing people to get sick. It is true that colds and viruses are seasonal, with increased risk during the fall and winter. This is important to understand because it allows us to take precautions during these months. The science still isn’t entirely clear why viruses are seasonal, but there are some pretty good theories to explain it.
Fall is a time of change. The leaves turn different colors, the weather begins to cool down, and people get into the holiday spirit. But with a change in weather also comes a change in our skin. Our skin reacts to weather differently, sometimes for the good and sometimes for the worse. During the frigid temperatures of fall and winter, when the air is often dry, our skin can be robbed of vital moisture and nutrients. Some skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis can flare up during the winter months, causing excess dryness and irritation. Luckily, there are ways you can prepare for the coming cold season and routines you can follow to help combat dry skin.