As the temperature drops, the winds pick up, and the air gets drier, autumn weather can cause havoc on your skin. Cold weather and low humidity levels steal moisture from your skin. Furthermore, indoor heat, hot showers, and harsh cleansers strip the skin of moisture and can leave your complexion looking dull, chapped, and lifeless.
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is what makes things foam – whether it be shampoos, shower gels, or toothpastes! This harsh foaming agent should be avoiding as it strips the skin of its natural oils causing dryness and irritation.
Here are my top essential beauty tips to keep you glowing and see your skin through the change in season.
Inject More Moisture
As the temperature drops it’s really important to amp up your post-cleansing regime and start using a product that’ll give you skin that little extra love. Avoid ingredients such as alcohol and silicone which can cause dryness and irritation and opt for organic, cold-pressed oils for the ultimate bed-time treat. Adding a couple of drops of Fushi’s Rosehip, Avocado, Baobab, or Pomegranate Seed oil to your skin (after applying your regular moisturiser) will help to nourish, repair, and revitalise dry skin.
Regular exfoliation prevents your skin from becoming dull, lacklustre, and dehydrated by increasing cellular regeneration and removing dead skin cells that can leave your skin looking dull and also prevent absorption of any moisturisers or serums. The colder months can also cause elbows and heels to become drier and more callus – this can easily be remedied with a simple homemade body scrub recipe. All you need is the following:
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup sugar/Himalayan pink salt/ground coffee
- 6-7 drops of your favourite essential oil blend
- Storage/jam jars
Mix the coconut oil, sugar, Himalayan pink salt or coffee (or a combination of them all) with the oils until combined then pop them into some jars for storage. Use twice a week, focussing on areas such as elbows and heels which are more prone to dryness.
Target Inner Beauty
You can make a big difference to your skin by making some small changes to your diet. For example, many of us still don’t drink enough water and this can cause skin to become dry and flaky. Whilst a glass of cold water isn’t always welcomed during the colder months, you can still hydrate from the inside with warm herbal teas. For an extra beauty-boost, make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin D and supplement with a multi-vitamin which offers added skin benefits such as Beautiful Hair Skin & Nail Whole Food Complex from Together Health.
Get your omega-3s
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are vital for skin repair, moisture content, and how our skin is affected by the environment. We can’t produce our own EFAs so we must get them through our diet. Vegetable oils are high in omega-6 which is an inflammatory fatty acid whilst healthy fats contain more omega-3 fatty acids which reduce inflammation. Unfortunately, modern diets full of processed foods and grains mean that many of us are consuming too many inflammatory omega-6 and not enough soothing omega-3 – the EFA which is essential for calmer, smoother skin.
Bump up your omega-3 intake with these foods:
- Salmon, trout, mackerel, and cold water fish
- Chia seeds
- Free-range omega-3 eggs
- Grass-fed beef
- Brussel sprouts
To read more about the importance of omega-3 and omega-6 ratios click here.
Love your lips
Put your hands up if you’ve ever reached for the petroleum jelly to help with wind chapped lips? However tempting it is to pop one of those iconic tins of Vaseline into your shopping trolley, that small pot of petroleum will do nothing to protect your lips. As a by-product from the oil industry, petroleum jelly is not compatible with our skin and slathering it on your lips prevents your skin from breathing and potentially makes the area even more sore and chapped. Instead, reach for a lip product that contains natural waxes, butters, and oils!
Keep it warm
Hot showers and baths always feel great in the winter don’t they? Unfortunately, your skin would disagree. Opt for lukewarm water as long, steamy showers are terrible for your skin. The hot water strips away the skin’s protective oils which can leave your body dry, itchy, and irritated. Using harsh, SLS-based soaps, shower gels, and shampoo can also spell trouble if you have dry skin. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is what makes things foam – whether it be shampoos, shower gels, or toothpastes! This harsh foaming agent should be avoiding as it strips the skin of its natural oils causing dryness and irritation.
Help your hands
Many people suffer with dry, chapped hands as they’re constantly exposed to the elements. Whilst we wouldn’t dream of forgetting our daily dose of face cream, we‘re often guilty of neglecting the skin on our hands. Right? Because the skin on our hands is so much thinner than the rest of our body, it doesn’t produce oil like the rest of our body so is much more prone to dryness. Keep a bottle of natural hand cream in your handbag, on your desk, and by your sink and give your hands the love they deserve at every opportunity!
As the nights draw in and we find ourselves switching on the heating, our skin can take a bit of a beating. As mentioned earlier, dry air steals moisture from the skin leaving it tight and uncomfortable, so consider purchasing a humidifier in your home to put some of that moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.
What are your top tips for keeping your skin healthy during the winter months? Why not leave a comment using the comments box below!