It’s that time of year when the weather begins to cool off. It’s refreshing for sure and so much fun to pull out the cute boots and sweaters we had packed away for so long.
Unfortunately, your skin is beginning to dry out. Especially since we have cranked up the heat in the house.
Getting regular facials and using amazing skin care products at home will help you combat dry skin.
You are aware that the skin becomes dry in the colder months, today’s going to be a quick refresher.
Factors such as wind, cold, heat on in the house, lack of humidity and age effect the skin’s hydration levels and are known to strip the skin of oil.
Some of us are blessed with oily skin and don’t have dry skin problems.
Others are naturally dry, which makes this time of year feel as if nothing you do helps your skin. This is normal, but can be fixed.
How to fight dry skin
It takes your skin about 10 days to adjust to a new temperature. When the weather changes 30-40 degrees in a matter of days, it stresses out our skin.
This stress can lead to excessive dryness or breakouts because the skin begins to over- or under-produce oil.
We have begun to crank up the heat inside the house, which worsens the skin if you don’t have a humidifier. I highly recommend getting one, especially in your bedroom while you sleep.
The extra humidity is great for your skin!
Aim to drink an extra glass of water each day. I know for many of you, this is already difficult. I have days where I lack drinking water, but aim to drink that one extra glass a day to help fight dry skin.
Another great suggestion; add a facial oil into your skin routine. This is a quick step that can be added in both morning and night underneath your moisturizer.
Facial oils mimic our oil glands and restore the moisture-balance in the skin. The bonus about facial oils, they are designed for different skin types, such as oily or acne skin, sensitive skin and dry skin oils.
To use a facial oil, you apply 2-3 drops of oil & massage into the skin. THEN you apply your moisturizer. Your skin will thank you!
DON’T: forget to wash your face both morning and night. Even though you may be feeling dry & think that you don’t need to wash, it is still an important step in your skin care routine & should not be avoided.
Our skin detoxes during sleep, which makes morning cleansing as important as night.
If your cleanser is drying your skin out, it’s time to switch cleansers. When your skin is dry, switching to a creamy cleanser is ideal in the cooler months. Foaming or gel cleansers may be too strong and will end up stripping your skin of oil, which results in dry skin.
DO: avoid harsh scrubs or exfoliants. A gentle exfoliation, such as an enzyme or gommage, 1-2 times a week keeps the skin cells shedding properly and allows the skin to absorb facial oils & moisturizer.
Facial scrubs or mechanical scrubbing brushes are too harsh and will either create microtears in the skin or strip the skin of oil.
NEVER use a daily scrub on ANY SKIN TYPE! This is a big No-No and will cause dry skin. Less is better in the case with exfoliation.
Being gentle with your skin in the cooler months is ideal for those of you suffering from dry skin.
Trust me, I’ve been in this industry for 15 years. I have learned that if we treat our skin with love and respect by using products that work & don’t strip or harm the skin, you will maximize your results and be truly happy with the way your skin looks and feels.