Updated: Oct 21, 2018
When you are evolving to your high self, sometimes the road seems lonely. But you are simply shedding, like the leaves in fall. Getting rid of things or people that no longer serve your destiny.
Season change! Though its has been a fairly mild change, the fall cool down has likely caused a change in your skin.
Here are some solutions to the most common skin issues:
Stay hydrated. We often reduce our water intake in cooler months, but drinking adequate water is still important. Staying hydrated from the inside out will help your body retain moisture and detox. Try adding decaffeinated hot beverages like herbal tea to your day to help your intake and more water in between caffeinated beverages. Also, hydrating the dry air in our homes with a humidifier really helps.
Hot showers. Yes, it feels so good! However, it can actually strip your body of its natural oils. A shorter warm shower, patting dry, and immediately applying lotion will help to retain moisture in the skin.
Exfoliate. Clearing away those dead skin cells helps moisturizer penetrate better. However, exfoliating doesn’t have to mean scrubbing. Using a gentle moisturizer with glycolic or salicylic acid once or twice a week is all you need. Make sure to try any exfoliant in a small area first to test for irritation. If your skin is already irritated, you should consult a professional before exfoliating.
Moisturizer. Switch it up! Even your cleanser should be moisturizing! Oils and richer creams are slightly greasier, but can reduce dry, irritated patches. Try to avoid licking your lips too and apply lip balm regularly to keep the moisture in and protect them.
Body love. Our hands tend to be one of the most exposed parts of our bodies in cooler weather and suffer. Frequent washing to avoid flu and cold germs make it worse, so make sure to give them lots of moisturizing love with hand cream and wear gloves outside when you can. Dry, cracked heels are also common in winter and can even become painful. Treat your feet by moisturizing with an ointment. If your heels are already cracked, you should see improvement in a few days by covering them with petroleum jelly, plastic wrap, and socks overnight. My favorite!
Sun protection. The sun is not usually on our minds in but still can be just as damaging to your skin. Continue to wear SPF 30 or higher and reapply throughout the day if you are outdoors. We recommend using sun protection on your most exposed areas, your face, neck, and the backs of your hands. There are an array of options to suit your needs and lifestyle, and physical blocks are available too.
Bundle up. Staying covered is the best protection against cooler elements and also helps to keep your moisture in. Make sure you find hats, gloves, scarves, earmuffs, and even face guards that you like for those brutally windy days and wear them whenever you’re out.
The little extra effort to switch your products and routine in fall will provide added comfort and protection for your skin.