When the weather becomes a little brisk and we notice the colours of the leaves changing, we immediately think to update our wardrobes. This time signals the need for woolly sweaters and heavier coats. How many o us stop to think about what this dryer weather means for our skin?
I am certain we notice, in the depths of January, the flakiness o the skin on our legs or the lack of dewy softness of the skin on our face. Why is that? Well, the relative humidity (moisture in the air) gets lower as soon as it starts to get cooler, as a result the fall weather begins to dry out the skin, making it quite unpleasant by the time January rolls around. You will not find much relief either, i you try to remain inside as soon as the 20s are gone — indoor heating also lowers humidity, contributing to the deprivation o the skin’s moisture.
Don’t stress though! Not only because stress can wreak havoc on your skin, but because I have some helpful tips!
Be Rich: Try a heavier night cream in the fall. As the weather becomes cooler and drier, you should look for a richer moisturizer. Something with olive, sweet almond or pomegranate oil. Coconut oil is a great one too — be mindful of this one though, i you are prone to breakouts, as it can be comedogenic (give you pimples).
Calm the wash down: With the summer weather our skin encounters more dirt, so it makes sense to use a cleanser that provides a deeper cleanse. However, with dryer seasons you should be using a cleanser that is moisture rich, or in the very least, not contributing to drying the skin out. Look for cream cleansers or ones that are aloe based. Even better, if you can find one that acts as a humectant, meaning it would draw moisture in (honey as an ingredient would be your secret weapon here).
Hydrate inside out: Our skin is a reflection of what we are putting inside. Make sure to drink lots of water and limit diuretics, such as coffee. Eat some good fats! Omegas are necessary for the maintenance of good skin, so grab some nuts, eat some salmon or add some fl ax oil to your diet! Avocados, rich in vitamins A, D, and E, (all necessary for great skin) are also a great addition to any salad!
Brush it of and rev it up: Dry brushing is a simple technique that stimulates the lymphatic system, aiding in the expulsion of toxins. We want to stimulate the dermis by promoting blood flow so that our new cells can be properly oxygenated. Dry brushing also helps your skin to breathe by removing the dead cells, ensuring pores don’t get clogged.
Your skin is your largest organ and its health is a simple reflection of how you care for it! So, remember to give it the attention it deserves. Re-assess its needs periodically, treat it well and you will be rewarded.