Banish Dry Skin this Autumn
Autumn is officially here, the clocks have gone back and temperatures are gradually decreasing. Now is the perfect time to offer you some valuable tips to help you have soft, hydrated and smooth skin throughout Autumn and Winter. If you dread these seasons because they play havoc with your skin then you’re definitely in the right place to find some solutions.
1). Hydration begins inside
When skin is dehydrated it can appear dull and flat. Fine lines appear more pronounced as well as under eye circles and who want’s that? Hydrated skin appears fuller, shinier and with this fullness comes less pronounced fine lines and a healthy glow.
If you suffer with particularly stubborn dry skin problems like eczema you will want to have even better internal hydration. I can’t emphasise enough just how important it is to keep your body hydrated and by this I don’t just mean by drinking more water. Yes that is key but think outside the box a little. Replace that ‘boring’ glass of water with cold fruit or herbal teas. Fresh lemon and mint added to water is wonderfully refreshing or try some fresh orange including a bit of the zest grated and ginger for a change.
Food is another way we can absorb water so think cucumber, warm salads, fresh fruit and vegetables. Avoid plastic bottles and invest in a water filter to obtain purer water without the plastic.
2). Dehydration also begins inside
In Winter consider cutting down on your caffeine intake – black teas, coffee, caffeinated drinks because these act as these act as diuretics. They literally draw water out of your body. Alcohol is a another suspect. Replace some of these with hydrating drinks as listed above and if you do indulge consider taking a rehydration sachet if you are feeling overly dehydrated.
3). Consider layering your skincare products
If you find you have dry patches you may wish to layer a cream with an oil. Apply the cream first an the oil after as this will lock in the extra hydration and nutrients in the cream. A good moisturiser will contain humectants – ingredients which draw moisture into your skin. Be rest assured every single one of the Just Be Natural moisturisers for face, hands, feet and body include effective levels of humectants.
4). Exfoliate & Lip Scrub
Winter is a great time to exfoliate a little more often especially for dry, normal, combination or oily skin types. Less often for those with sensitive skin. How often do you think about exfoliating your lips? Autumn and winter is a great time to do this because with the central heating your lips can easily dry out. I recently made my own lip scrub in less than a minute. Wash your hands before making it.
Step 1: Cut a slither of Be Natural Lip Balm and place in the palm of your hand
Step 2: Add a pinch of fine caster sugar or any fine sugar – not granulated sugar as that is too harsh for your lips.
Step 3: Rub in so the balm melts and binds with the sugar
Step 4: Apply and gently rub around your lips
Step 5: Rinse and wipe away with cloth, cotton wool or flannel
You will be amazed at how simple and effective this lip scrub is – say hello to your super smooth and super soft lips.
5). Hot to Cold
Going from cold to hot spaces can often cause your cheeks and face to turn red from the two extremes of temperature. Using effective hydrating moisturisers will help support and nourish your skin’s natural barrier function. In the current climate masks do form a kind of barrier but can bring their own issues. So, when you are going outside try and wear a scarf or a snood and cover the bottom half of your face – from your nose down – for some additional protection against the wind and cold weather. You may also wish to avoid alcohol which causes blood vessels to dilate and can cause more redness.
6). Rescue Your Hands
Ahead of a recent Live event many people asked me what they can do to protect their hands from all the handwashing and dryness that comes with it. There is a LOT you can do – read it in a previous blog of mine here.
If your skin is super sensitive and even basic moisturising creams irritate your skin try Jojoba oil – it’s very similar to sebum and excellent for sensitive skins. One of my customers’ described this as a life saver for her dry and extremely sore and irritated hands.
I hope this is useful for you and if you have any questions or feedback feel free to leave a comment below.
Best wishes, Louisa