How To Combat Dry Skin This Fall/Winter Season

The Fall/Winter season is a fabulous time for fashion, but a horrible time for our skin. The air gets cold, the humidity drops and there can even be blood vessel constriction due to the low temps that cause our skin to become dry. Though it sounds a little scary, it's possible to keep dry skin at bay by adjusting your skincare routine and products as the seasons change in addition to doing the following:

Drink Lots Of Water

It's always important to remember that beauty starts internally. What you put in your body is even more important than the products that you use. Water will keep your skin plump and hydrated throughout the cool months, but this should be a habit that you keep doing practicing throughout the year.

Ditch Your Drying Bar Soaps

The typical bar soap is very drying and strips skin of their natural moisture. This is as a result of some of the harsh ingredients used to hold the soap together. Of course all bar soaps aren't created equally (I love this one), so be sure to pay closer attention to the ingredient list (be sure that it's ultra-hydrating) or find a trust worthy liquid soap.

Moisturize When Your Skin Is Damp

By patting your face and body with a towel and applying a moisturizer while the skin is still wet, you allow your body to naturally absorb your product. This is key is making sure that your products penetrate the skin as opposed to just sitting on the surface.

Cut Down On Exfoliating

Exfoliating should certainly be apart of your skincare routine, but you may need to scale down during the cold months. If you exfoliate every day, try to find another routine that works for you - perhaps once a week - what ever your skin can handle. Taking your time and being gentle with your skin during the exfoliation process is also important, as you don't want to irritate the skin or pull any moisture out of it. If your scrub is gritty, swap it out for something a little smoother and use a loofah or exfoliating gloves.

Consider Your Indoor Heating

When I lived in New York, we had a heater that we kept in our bedroom. I'd often wake up thirsty or with a nosebleed from the heater drying out the air. It also had a negative impact on my skin and I quickly realized that a humidifier was a necessity. A pot or bowl of water will do the trick as well, but having something to put moisture back into the air is imperative to the health of your skin.

Cut Out Fried & Salty Foods

Honestly, these foods shouldn't be a huge part of your diet anyway. Getting rid of (or at least scaling back) fried and salty foods (ex. junk food) will not only cut down on dehydrating your skin, but it will aid in the avoidance of adding on extra pounds. How many of us have packed on the pounds during the cold months and then forced to work on our "summer body" in the spring so that we're good by June? We've all been there! Not only will you skip that emotional and physical roller coaster this year, but your skin will thank you as well.



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QUICK TIP: Do you experience brittle and flakey skin during the winter?

If your face is so dry and peely that all your moisturizers just aren’t helping, try this remedy from NYC dermatologist Lance Brown: Soak a washcloth in ice-cold whole milk, and lay it across your face for 10 minutes. The natural lipids in the milk will plump up and rehydrate your skin, while the cool temp and lactic acid will tone down redness and remove flecks. - via Cosmopolitan Magazine