Hello lovelies, how is everyone, well I hope… I’m here today with some skincare tips that I think everyone should have or at least know about, so lets jump in shall we.
So the first day of Fall was September 23rd so this is a little late, but better late than never, right? For most of the south it has just recently started to get chilly, I know some parts of the US have already experienced snow (jealous) but today I wanted to talk about preparing your skin for colder weather. Most of the time we prepare our homes and cars for the cold, but did you ever think about prepping your skin? If your skin is always dry you are probably a lot more aware of these tips, but for people with oily or even normal skin types may not be aware that we need to prepare for those chilly night and days.
Have you ever noticed that when it gets cold you start to see dry, flaky patches on your skin that wasn’t there over the summer, that’s seasonal dryness and many suffer from it, including myself; how can you not between the cold, windy and sometimes dry air and then the heating systems in any building. I’m here to hopefully help you and your skin make a better transition.
- First things first Up your water intake, y’all have heard me say it over and over again, water is you and your skins best defense against dehydration. Drinking (enough) water can also help flush toxins from the body, every body is different so your water intake is different as well.
- Humidifiers are a great thing to have weather you live in a natural dry place or use it just during the winter. They put moisture back into the room so your skin will receive some of that extra love. Especially if you use heaters of any kind in your home, they dry out your skin so much.
- Eat seasonal fruits and veggies, it sounds simple and it is, seasonal produce is natures way of repairing your skin and can be eaten or used topically.
- Apples, Cranberries and Pomegranates are full of antioxidants and can protect your skin from free radicals.
- Avocados and Sweet Potatoes are a good source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids and other natural oils to deeply moisturize the skin from within.
- Clementines help eliminate acne causing bacteria.
- Pumpkins are a natural and general exfoliant and help promote cell renewal.
- Exfoliation is also key, it helps reduce the appearance of dry, dull winter skin. You don’t want to over exfoliate so only do it 1-2 times a week also DO NOT pick flaky or peeling skin it can lead to infection and scarring. You can use a chemical or physical exfoliant, there are tons that have both AHA and BHA and also don’t forget to exfoliate your body as well.
- for the body
- Neutrogena Body Scrub,
- Soap & Glory The Scrub of Your Life,
- Hempz Yuzu & Starfruit Exfoliating Body Primer,
- Sweetspot Labs Buff & Brighten Body Exfoliating Pads
- For the face
- The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution,
- Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant,
- Proactiv Skin Smoothing Exfoliator
- Hydrating Facial to combat (seasonal) dry skin, you can go to an esthtican or use an at home mask such as
- Yes To Coconut Hydrate & Restore Ultra Hydrating Sheet Mask,
- Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb The Super Hydrating Mask Soothing,
- Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque,
- Kiehls’s Overnight Hydrating Masque
- Moisturize; your summer moisturizer probably wont cut it for the cold weather, but if you cant bear to part with it layer it with a face serum or oil. If you layer them with your moisturizer it helps lock in the moisture, almost like long johns for your face.
- Key ingredients to look for in your skincare products are hyaluronic acid, glycerin, aloe and honey these all help to draw moisture into skin.
- Take a bath and relax and retreat from the chilly weather outside. Add Epson salts, coconut oil and your favorite essential oil.
- Deep condition your body, use coconut oil on your hands and feet followed by cotton gloves and socks to lock in the moisture.
- Use cuticle oil or coconut oil on your cuticles to keep them from cracking in the winter cold.
- Don’t neglect your lips, look for lip balms with hyaluronic acid, ceramides or oil to hydrate your already parched lips. I have a whole post on lip care so I’ll leave the link for it…Healthy Lips👄
Remember that everyone’s skin is different and that what works wonders for me may not for you and vise versa, but either way we need to protect our skin from all the elements, so don’t forget while prepping your home and car for cold weather do the same for your skin, it will thank you.
Until next time…