11 Tips for Dry Autumn and Winter Skin
1 CommentWednesday, 6 October 2021 | Admin
If your skin has been dry lately, you are not alone. Cold weather, harsh winds, and dry indoor air all conspire to suck the moisture out of skin during the autumn and winter months, leaving it dry, cracked, and scaly. Cheeks, arms, and legs have almost no sebaceous oil glands and are therefore drier in winter months. Since the skin on your hands is thinner than in other places it needs extra protection and care. Cold weather and winds can also aggravate your skin.
To keep your skin smooth and hydrated, follow these simple steps.
1. Avoid taking long hot baths or showers, or using saunas, during the winter months. Hot water can rob the skin of its moisture. Instead, use moderate-temperature water for shorter periods of time.
2. If you take a bath, add a few drops of olive or almond oil to the water to help moisturise the skin. Try and use cleansing products that are SLS, SLES and Paraben FREE to avoid skin irritation. Products containing SLS's can be very harsh and strip the skin of its natural oils.
3. Moisturise skin with Shea or pure Cocoa butter after showering or bathing. Shea and Cocoa butter are natural perfect skin soothers and keep your skin supple. Apply the oils or moisturiser to the skin when it is slightly damp. That way, moisture becomes trapped in the skin rather than evaporating in the air.
4. Exfoliate dry skin with a gentle body scrub as often as needed. Once a week should be plenty. If you have very sensitive skin you can use finely ground oats and mix with a spoon or two of almond or coconut oil.
5. Use a humidifier to keep moisture in your home and office air, or keep a bowl of water on your radiators to add moisture to the air. The higher the heat indoors, the less humidity there will be. It is the humidity that helps keep skin from drying out. Don’t forget to change the water and clean humidifiers and bowls regularly to avoid bacteria from spreading.
6. Check the labels on your skincare products, and avoid toners and other products that contain alcohol, which can dry out the skin. Opt instead for products that contain less-drying astringent ingredients such as witch hazel or antioxidant rich ingredients such as Green Tea.
7. Relax into a Healthy Complexion
8. Skin Food
9. Got Dry, Itchy Skin?
Consider using Colloidal Oatmeal in a bath if your skin is very dry and itchy. Colloidal Oatmeal can help to alleviate symptoms of a broad range of skin conditions, including eczema, severe dry skin, mild burns. To make a bath, sprinkle about 200 grams (1 cup) of the powder into lukewarm water and soak in it for 10–15 minutes. If it’s your first oatmeal bath, it’s a good idea to do a patch test first. To do so, simply place a bit of the colloidal-oatmeal-water mixture on a small patch of skin, such as a forearm or back of a hand, then rinse after 15 minutes, watching for signs of allergic reaction like redness. Oatmeal can make your bathtub slippery, so take extra caution when you step out of the tub.
10. Tips for Lips (and Cuticles)
11. Which products to use and how to layer
Dehydrated skin also needs a lot of moisture which can be provided by products containing Hyaluronic Acid ie my Day Moisturiser or Night Moisturiser - both contain above average Hyaluronic Acid to nourish dehydrated skin.