Summer’s scorching heat and humidity are behind us and the turning of the calendar has brought cooler, drier air. The seasonal change could have a larger impact on your skin. Skin typically becomes drier, more fragile, and perhaps itchier and flakier this time of year and some even suffer from flareups with eczema, dandruff or psoriasis.
To ensure skin is healthy, hydrated and radiant, our experts outlined some essential tips for healthy skin as the weather starts to cool:
- Skip certain soaps. Don’t use just any bar or soap – they’re not all the same. Harsh soap can strip your skin’s natural moisture barrier. Use a mild, fragrance-free soap or gel that moisturizes as it cleanses. Choose one that’s specially made for dry skin.
- Keep showers short. A long, hot shower can soothe your body, but it won’t do your skin any favors. Dial down the shower temperature and keep showers short.
- Move to an oil-based moisturizer. Select one that comes in an ointment form and contains 80 percent oils. Creams and lotions tend to dry out your skin rather than keep it moisturized and soft. Apply your moisturizer right after you’ve dried off from your shower or bath. This will seal in the moisture that’s already been absorbed into your skin.
- Erase with an exfoliant. Good body scrub and facial exfoliant can help remove dead skin cells. Add this to your cleansing routine once a week.
- Stay with sunscreen. Don’t say so long to your sunscreen just because summer is over. Apply a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 or more before you head outdoors.
- Ditch the dryer. Heated air can dry out your scalp and can irritate your skin. Towel-dry your hair or let it dry naturally.
- Hydrate with H2O. Hydrate your skin from within by drinking lots of water. Carry a bottle with you wherever you go.
- Look after your lips. Your lips lose moisture faster than any other exposed area of your body. Use chapstick or lip balm to keep them moisturized.
- Help your hands. Between the change in temperature and washing your hands often to protect against the flu, your hands can become dry and cracked. Apply a generous amount of hand cream and wear gloves to bed to seal in the moisture overnight.
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