Brrr…there’s a chill in the air. Do you know what that means? Cooler, drier air means greater potential for dry skin. Indoor heating at home, at work and in our cars can contribute to dehydrating our skin as well. So, protect your skin from becoming dry, flaky and lackluster. The best time to begin is during the fall when the air starts getting drier and starts sapping moisture from your body. And, with the holidays around the corner, soft, party-ready skin is great every day!
Here are some beauty tips to keep your skin soft, supple and healthy:
1) Create a Barrier:
Moisturizing creates a barrier and helps to prevent moisture loss. After getting out of the shower or bath, apply body lotion while your skin is still slightly damp. For your face, try a richer, more nourishing facial moisturizer. And, don’t forget your lips! Use lip balm to keep lips kissably soft. Keep in mind that it’s important what you put on your body since your skin absorbs much of what is put on it. So, focus on using products that are made with natural, organic ingredients, products that are free from toxins and chemicals such as artificial fragrances and preservatives.
2) Cover Up:
Less exposure to the elements, both indoors and outdoors, means less moisture loss and damage to delicate skin. Be attentive to your hands since they are more often exposed to cold, harsh, and less skin-friendly outdoor conditions. When indoors, remember that feet often remain exposed, so donning a pair of socks can help to keep feet warm and moisture in.
3) Drink More:
Hydrate your skin from the inside! Water makes up about 75 percent of our bodies, so hydrating is important for healthy skin and bodily function. On average, drink about 40-60 ounces of water per day to replenish moisture that your body loses daily. Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages that tend to dehydrate the body.
What else can you do? While hot showers and baths feel luxurious, heat dehydrates your body, so use warm water. Indoor humidifiers can also help by adding moisture into the air. If dry skin becomes itchy, resist the urge to scratch! Aggressive scratching can break the skin’s surface and lead to infection. Seek advice from your medical practitioner if you have prolonged or more severe dry skin conditions.
So, keep your skin soft and supple. And, maintain a healthier you!