Autumn is almost here and I am so ready. A lot of awesomeness happens during 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.
Lots of people suffer from extremely itchy, dry skin in the fall and winter months, and sometimes spend a small fortune searching high and low for the best products to fix their issue. However, combating problem skin doesn’t have to be a difficult, tedious or expensive process. You only need the right practices and products to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Below are three practical tips for achieving ridiculously moisturized skin.
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 achieving clearer skin. What I’ve begun to do is alternate water with other drinks. For each cup of coffee or other beverage I consume, I gulp down at least 4-8 ounces of water. If you are having trouble with H2O intake, this may work for you too.
Invest in a quality moisturizer.
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 wonderfully, 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 twice a week. If your skin is sensitive, you can do it less. 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 the 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 keep skin looking and feeling beautiful, of course, I recommend LimeLight by Alcone’s 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, One Drop Wonder would be perfect to try. Click here for details.
Happy Fall and remember to treat your skin right!
All the best, always.