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-the struggle of making sure we constantly have moisturized skin.
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I’m sure you know that as we get older, our skin naturally becomes drier. It certainly doesn’t help that during fall and winter, extreme temperatures 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. Below are three practical tips to keep your skin smooth and supple during the cold-weather months.
Drink water, water, and more water.
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. Water hydrates your body from the inside out and is also important for obtaining clear skin. 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 tastelessness of water, try adding a little flavor with sliced lemon, berries or flavor packets. But by all means, don’t skip your H2O.
Invest in a quality moisturizer, or two.
There are tons of moisturizers on the market. It can be pretty overwhelming to find the right one. However, the ones that work best are those with natural ingredients vs. ones with fillers such as mineral oil and petrolatum, which can take all day to rub in and literally “sit” on top of your skin. I find that the best lotions and creams tend to be water-based (first ingredient). These types of moisturizers are lighter and penetrate the skin beautifully. Other things to look for in a great moisturizer are quality oils and natural butters. Some of my favorites are almond oil, safflower seed oil, shea butter and murumuru butter. Aloe vera is another amazing, beneficial ingredient to look for.
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 at least twice a week. 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 body scrub shouldn’t be used on the face. Again, natural ingredients are best.
There you have it. 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 wear less clothing. Win-win!
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.
Happy Fall and remember to treat your skin right!
All the best, always.