Over on the Organic Bath Co. blog I shared my thoughts on the changing of seasons as well as my concerns about dry skin. This time of year is so lovely…..cooler weather, beautiful changing foliage, cozy sweaters and homemade pumpkin chai lattes. Well, at least that’s what I enjoy about the transition from summer to the cooler seasons of fall and winter. However, I don’t enjoy the fact that even the hint of cooler weather means that my skin becomes much drier than usual. I experience chapped lips and dry itchy skin. Fortunately, I know that this is coming so I’ve managed to find some ways to enjoy the season and keep my skin comfortable and moisturized. Here are my top five tips for moisturized skin during the fall and winter:
- Stay Hydrated: Properly hydrated skin begins on the inside, as does all optimum states of health and beauty. So, I like to drink plenty of water during the day. I also drink coconut water, particularly during or after working out. It both hydrates the body and replenishes it with natural electrolytes. When looking at external ways to hydrate your skin, consider using a humidifier within your home. Creating an environment that replaces some of that humidity can help you avoid the harsh dryness that comes with many electric heating systems.
- Eat Nutrient Rich Foods: As with drinking water, the nutrients that you take in greatly impact the feel and appearance of your skin. So, focus on eating a balanced diet complete with foods that are nutrient dense and free of questionable ingredients and empty calories. I know that we all probably love a slice of pumpkin pie or a warm latte. Treats in moderation are fine but don’t overdo it. Also, I prefer making these treats myself with as many local ingredients as possible. It’s much easier to track the sources of these ingredients and ensure that you are putting quality products into your body.
- Exfoliate Regularly: Dead skin cells can lay on the top of your skin and make it difficult for your skin to absorb moisture from external sources. During the colder months of the year I have to exfoliate a lot more to maintain moisturized skin. I use gentle, organic scrubs all over my body, such as Organic Bath’s organic body scrubs. Polishing away those dead skin cells makes all the difference in my skin’s ability to absorb oils and butters.
- Moisturize with Natural Oils and Butters: I’ve learned that not every product that claims to be moisturizing lives up to billing. In fact, some products that contain ingredients such as petroleum actually block moisture from entering your skin. So, I choose to use as many non-toxic and organic body oils and butters as possible. As I said, I have dry skin, so in cooler months I primarily use butters on the driest areas of my body and I continue using a variety of natural oils for my face. I apply these products right out of the shower to make sure that those natural oils are able to lock in the moisture. This method works like a charm.
- Dress For the Weather: We all have to go out at some point. No matter how much you prepare the natural elements can zap the moisture right out of your skin. If there is a fight between my delicate skin and the weather, the weather wins hands-down! Mother nature is powerful and not to be underestimated. So, be proactive and cover up if you are going to spend time outdoors. I do…and I just love the chance to wear pretty scarves.
I’m sure that this is going to be a great season for all of us. Remember, to try these tips for keeping soft and moisturized skin during the next several months. If you have any other tips please share them below in the comments.