Don’t let your skin suffer during the cooler months of the year. Give it the attention it deserves and keep it healthy with these 4 simple tips.
Autumn is almost here and I am so ready. Life is amazing at this time of year. The color of leaves are changing and, I get to enjoy lower humidity levels and cooler temperatures. I love the simplicity of throwing on a pair of Uggs and leggings to run errands. It’s also the season for football games and lighting fireplaces. This is without a doubt my favorite season…hands down! Unfortunately, along with all of this greatness comes a common problem that almost every woman faces.
As we get older, our skin naturally becomes drier. And aside from factors such as hormone changes, dry climates, and hard water, cooler temperatures in the fall and winter months can make it difficult to stay moisturized. However, combating dry skin doesn’t have to be a difficult, tedious or expensive process. Most of the time you only need to apply the right practices and products.
As someone who has had to endure years of hard water and dry climates after growing up in an environment of the exact opposite, I’ve pretty much got my moisture routine down to a tea. Don’t tolerate the weather and other elements beating up on your skin. Below are four practical tips to keep your skin smooth and supple during the cold-weather months.
It’s essential to stay properly hydrated but consuming water is a struggle for me in the cooler months. I’d rather have coffee, hot chocolate, tea…anything but plain old water. However, it’s just as necessary to drink water in the fall/winter as it is any other time of the year.
Dry skin and dehydrated skin are two different things. Having dry skin means it lacks adequate oils and dehydrated skin results from a lack of water. When skin is dehydrated, it creates more oils thus making the skin oily and dry. Water hydrates your body from the inside out. In other words, when your insides are hydrated and juicy, it reflects on your outer appearance.
A good rule of thumb is to consume half your body weight in ounces of water daily. To get a head start, drink water first thing in the morning. Get a glass or water bottle, fill it with water and place it next to your bed so it’s the next item you reach for after your alarm clock. Also, carry a bottle of water with you during the day to remind yourself to drink up. If you’re one of those people who simply cannot stand the blandness of water, try adding a little flavor with sliced lemon, berries or flavor packets. But by all means, don’t skip your H2O.
Skin is the last organ to receive hydration from the water you drink, so it’s important to hydrate your skin topically. -Dermalogica
Hydrated skin equals juicy, glowing skin. A few effective ways to hydrate include the use of in-home humidifiers and products that contain hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant found naturally in our skin but decreases as we get older. Its job is to draw and trap water into our skin to keep it hydrated and plump.
Using a good spritzer is one of my favorite ways to infuse hydration. Not only do I use them on my face but my body as well and then seal with an oil or butter. The important thing to be aware of when your shopping around for a good spritzer is to make sure it contains a humectant.
There are a few amazing hydrating spritzers available on the market. However, I often make my own spritz which is a simple mixture of rosewater and vegetable glycerin. And I literally use it from head to toe.
Invest in a quality moisturizer, or two.
There is no shortage of skin moisturizers to choose from, which can make finding the right one an overwhelming process. However, I’ve found that the best performing moisturizers are those with natural ingredients vs. ones with fillers such as mineral oil and petrolatum, which can take all day to rub in and feel sticky on the skin.
I find that the most effective lotions and creams tend to be water-based (first ingredient). These types of moisturizers are often lighter and penetrate the skin seamlessly. Other ingredients to look for in a great moisturizer are quality oils, butters and ceramides. Ceramides are lipids (fat molecules) that are naturally found in skin cells. They help form the skin’s barrier and help skin retain moisture. A few oils that do a fantastic job of providing moisture are avocado, jojoba and sweet almond oil. My favorite butters are Shea and Murumuru.
Dry skin can appear dull and make you feel unattractive. Regular, gentle exfoliation greatly benefits the texture and appearance of skin. This practice also boosts the effectiveness of your moisturizer. I personally exfoliate my body at least twice a week with a physical exfoliator . If your skin is sensitive, you can do it less. And please remember those feet! We cover them up in the winter, so sometimes it’s easy to forget to give them the attention they deserve.
It’s important to choose an exfoliant that is formulated for the way you intend to use it. For example, a scrub that was designed for the body shouldn’t be used on your face. For my face, I prefer chemical exfoliators such as salicytic acid which is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) or glycolic acid which is a Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA). Because of the potency of these products and ability to make skin photosensitve, it’s extremely vital to use sunscreen every day.
In a nutshell, having supple skin is totally possible even when it seems like the weather and other factors are teaming up against you. And as an added bonus, with proper skin care, less work will be required during the approach of the warmer months when we start to shed our winter gear.
If you would like suggestions for products that will help you keep your skin looking and feeling its best, one of the top brands I recommend is LimeLife by Alcone. Check out our all-natural skin care. Forty Cure Cream, Cream of the Crop and Bamboo Renew are a few of my favorites. If you suffer from skin ailments such as eczema, try mixing a little One Drop Wonder in your moisturizer.
All the best always and thank you for reading.