Fall is officially here! Enter fireside chats, ice skating, and cooler temps on those morning jogs. While many of us LOVE the cooler temps and the undeniable joy that comes with it, there are some very unpleasant side effects as well. Enter the onslaught of dry, itchy skin that’s currently settling in for the long haul. While switching to a good moisturizer at the first sign of chill proves helpful, drier climates and indoor heat may have already taken a toll. Fortunately, there’s still time to get serious about a daily routine to ensure a hydrated, glowing complexion. Ready below for a few tips to save your skin this Fall/Winter:
PREP YOUR HOME - The drier the air, the drier the skin. To maximize the amount of water in the air, I recommend placing a humidifier in the room where you spend the most time, which, in many cases, is the bedroom. A cool air humidifier increases the moisture level in the air, helping skin’s barrier stay hydrated.
SWITCH UP YOUR DIET - There's a direct connection between gut and skin health, so increasing your daily intake of fats may help with dry skin. Many derms recommend eating a diet rich in walnuts, olive oil, and avocados (but not to sub them for a proper skin-care routine). While that extra glass of full-bodied red wine may seem like a good idea, try taking a conservative approach this season. Overindulging in alcohol and caffeine can cause dehydration.
BUFF THAT SKIN! - No matter how many serums and creams are applied, dry skin will stay dry without some light exfoliation. Check out our FREE skincare calendars to see how many times a week you should be exfoliating. We offer a variety of scrubs, and (hint) a NEW exfoliator will be available this holiday season. We've gotten feedback and the stamp of approval from Dr. Shipp over at the MediPedi Spa, and cannot wait to share it with you all. Once your skin is all smooth and exfoliated, your oils and butters can deeply penetrate the skin and do their job 1000%.
NAIL THAT NIGHT TIME ROUTINE - Every night before bed, try sticking to a routine that will ensure healthy skin come morning. After your face serum and moisturizer, apply a gentle eye cream to the under eyes and lids. While the heat from an evening shower may feel amazing on a chilly day, limit rinse time to five minutes or less and to use warm—not hot—water, which only adds to surface dehydration.