Every season brings its own set of problems where dry skin is concerned, however, we all know that Autumn’s chilly and damp air then turns into Winter’s cold and dry air, which is the worst for your face and body! The best part though, is if you start taking care of your skin now, it will thank you big time then!
Here are some proven, simple things to remember to do for your whole body.
• Exfoliate 1-2x a week with a good gentle exfoliant. This is a big one, and truly the single best thing to do. Why? Well, the reason is simple. When you regularly polish off the dead, dry, flaky top layer of skin, the healthier layers come forward. Makes sense, yes? To further that thought, think of your skin as a canvas. The smoother the surface the easier everything will go on it. Like when you moisturize, you are putting it on the better skin cells and therefore the product will work better and give you better results. You’ll never be itchy and dry if you do this simple thing.
• Drink water!! I know I say this all the time, but it is a fact, Jack! Water makes up so much of our body chemistry that dehydrating it is not only bad for your health, but wrecks havoc on your skin. Now, you don’t want to look tired, or sallow, do you? That is what dehydration can do to your skin. If you are feeling thirsty, you are already there. Drink! Drink! Drink! I recommend (after reading tons of literature on the subject) drinking about half your weight in ounces. (ie: if you weigh 140, you should drink 70 oz. a day). The more you are hydrated from the inside, the better for you and your skin.
• Moisturize skin with a balm over a lotion. Moisturizers come in different formats and recipe ratios, so because there is less water and more active ingredient in the balm it will be more nourishing and last longer on your skin. Believe it or not, lotions can be up to 70% water. Creams about 50% and Balms are usually about 20% water. Even better, our Balmz™ body balm is 0% water.
• Cover up areas that get exposed the most. There are great hats and fun scarves and gloves out there. Make it a “good for your skin” fashion statement and you’ll look amazing while you are protecting your skin.
• Sunscreen! Even though its cold out, the sun still can damage and dry out skin. I love mineral makeup for that reason! 15 SPF at all times.
• Eat good oils. Foods like Avocados are brilliant in both taste, satiety and good for your skin omega oils. Other foods high in omega oils include flax seed, olives and nuts of all kinds. (try the dry roasted, unsalted versions)
So, by pampering your body and skin a littler earlier then the Winter, you will ensure more beautiful, less dry skin throughout the season!