Making sure that your skin is always healthy and nourished is a never-ending job, unfortunately. It requires attention that must not cease the whole year round. You might think that in certain seasons the job will get easier. Like for example, after you’re done with summer, you won’t have to do as much work as the weather gets colder. But, I’m afraid that that’s a wrong assessment, especially for those dealing with dry skin. The cold won’t be exactly kind to your skin, and that’s why TLC will still be a requirement. So with all that being said, here are five, easy to follow tips that will help you have healthy skin during the fall.
What Makes Your Skin Dry?
There can be a lot of causes that would lead to having dry skin; some have to do with our personal behaviors during the day. Here’re a number of possible reasons:
- A number of medical conditions (Hypothyroidism, diabetes, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema,…)
- Use of some medications (chemotherapy, acne products, diuretics,…)
- Alcohol abuse
- Low humidity and too much heat inside the household
- Overexposure to sunlight
- Cold weather and wind
- Using products that can cause irritation
- Washing the skin too much
A Few Pieces of Advice
Always Make Sure to Moisturize
This is one of the most important practices that you should keep up with to maintain healthy skin. Moisturizing is crucial for everyone and at all times. It can be of even more importance when the weather gets colder during the fall and winter, especially if your skin is drier than normal. So what you want to do, once summer is over, is to keep your skin hydrated the whole day through. So get yourself a water-based moisturizer that’s adequate for your type of skin and put it to good use as you begin your day and as you’re about to end it.
But the job doesn’t just consist of using products on your skin. Making sure that you’re feeding yourself the right stuff is equally important. The skin should be moisturized from the inside as much as it’s beneficial to do so from the outside. So make sure that your diet consists of foods rich with water when autumn arrives. This can include anything from healthy fats to fruits rich with water and leafy greens. Of course, stews and soups make for great nourishing meals in cold times, and never forget to get your necessary amount of water every day. Also, you’ll want to stay away from things that would cause dehydration to your body like starches, dry meat, caffeine, and alcohol.
Use a Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen
As summer days come to an end, you might start thinking that it’s time to put that sunscreen away and go out in broad daylight with no problems. Well, you might want to rethink that idea. Sun damage to the skin should not be taken lightly any day of the year. You should always be protected against it, no matter the season. Let’s say you go out and all you see is clouds, and the weather is cold; you’d still want to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen, preferably one that has a 15 SPF or even higher (of course, reapply the sunscreen every two hours at least, or after sweating considerably or swimming). Don’t forget to limit your time in the sun, particularly when it gets too hot at midday.
Look for shaded areas and cover the exposed parts of your body as much as possible using long-sleeved clothes, and sunglasses. When you’re all set, you can go have all as much fun as you want.
Besides sunscreens, another thing that you might find some good in using is oil. Apply natural oil on your skin to prevent trans-epidermal water loss and keep it elastic. Besides that, oil can also be beneficial in treating breakouts relating to stress, especially in such a busy season like fall. You might think that that’s kind of odd at first, but oil can be very beneficial if you do some digging on the issue. You can clear up your skin by applying oil on blemishes. It will loosen the pore-clogging sebum and rebalance the sebaceous regularity.
It’s essential that you get rid of dead skin and open up your pores to maintain healthy skin. That’s why exfoliating your different body parts is a crucial practice during the fall. You’ll need to start doing this at the start of the season so that the moisturizing ingredients such as oil will have an optimal penetration. And optimal penetration means optimal results. The skin will be replenished, and you won’t have to deal with spots of dry skin and other similar issues.
But it doesn’t end there; peeling can also help out with circulation which will give your skin a vibrant and lively look. Just be sure that you know how to handle each area of your skin. Your body parts can be taken care of with an intense scrub. But when it comes to the face, you’ll have to be more delicate and gentle. If you’re not sure how it’s done properly, consult an expert.
Take Care of Your Blood Flow
The cold weather doesn’t exactly help the blood flow in our bodies. The blood vessels get tighter, and the blood flow becomes poorer. The consequence is a pale and lifeless look for the skin. Proper blood flow is necessary for a vibrant look and a healthy skin as it takes away the cell waste and provides the tissues with oxygen.
To get the desired results, your best choice is using a blood-invigorating skincare product. Other things to also look for are ginger, Vitamin C, lemon juice and ginseng. You might find some of these listed on anti-aging product packages because collagen production and healthy blood flow go hand in hand.
So, there you have it, the best advice you can follow to maintain healthy skin during the days of autumn. Follow the above tips, and you’re bound to keep your beautiful looks until the next summer.