This time of year can take a significant toll on your skin. As Halloween ushers in the full swing of the holidays, you may be sleeping less, imbibing more, and enjoying decadent treats now and again. And on top of the choices we make, our skin also has to deal with the weather. Colder days can bring dry skin and the need for more TLC. It can be difficult to treat your skin well this time of year.
If you want to keep your skin glowing through the end of the year and beyond, there are some tricks you can employ for excellent results. You can’t control the weather, but you can choose to follow these nine tips to keep your skin looking and feeling its best no matter the season.
Nine Tips and Tricks for Healthy Fall and Winter Skin
1. Nix the Hot Showers
When the temperature drops, nothing feels better than a long hot shower or soak in the tub each morning or before bed. Unfortunately, your skin hates that.
You know how you use hot water to remove grease or oil from pots and pans when you do the dishes? That’s what happens to your skin. Hot water strips your skin of its natural oils that keep it soft and healthy. Although the heat feels good, it can leave you with skin that is dry and itchy.
Opt for short showers, around five minutes or so. And keep the temperature moderate. The cooler water is more gentle on your skin and helps it retain its natural moisture. Making this once change will help you treat your skin well.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, we understand what it feels like to come home after a rainy, windy, frigid day of watching your kids play soccer. We know how great that hot shower feels. So if you absolutely must go with a hot soak or shower once in a while, at least be sure to follow the next tip.
2. Moisturize Straight Out of The Shower
Keep your favorite moisturizer right next to the shower so you can use it immediately after toweling off. Be sure to pat your skin dry, rather than rubbing it vigorously, and then apply your lotion right away.
Use high-quality natural moisturizers for the best result. Your body absorbs at least 60% of what you put on your skin, so look for options that you trust to be safe and healthy. Vegan, organic skincare choices ensure that you aren’t filling your body with artificial products.
With cooler and drier weather, you might want to switch to a thicker moisturizer that offers extra hydration. Products with coconut and aloe are especially great for keeping your skin soft and supple through the change of seasons.
3. Limit the Exfoliation
Recent weather and temperatures have announced the arrival of fall and the move toward winter. Occasional exfoliation helps remove dry, flaky skin. But if you do it too often, you can cause inflammation in your skin, leading to excessive redness and dryness.
Look for natural, plant-based exfoliants for periodic use during the colder months, and limit their use to once a week. Be sure to follow with a thick, hydrating serum and moisturizer. A top choice such as Fountain of Youth Skincare’s Micropeel Facial Scrub not only will leave your skin soft and smooth but also smells like pumpkin spice. It’s a perfect fall treat for your face!
4. Skip the Added Fragrances to Treat Your Skin Just Right
Synthetic fragrances have no business in your skincare at any time of the year. They do nothing to help your skin and are harmful to many people. They can cause headaches, rashes, asthma, and contact dermatitis. In fact, fragrance is the top reason people develop contact dermatitis, making it more troublesome than poison ivy.
The chemicals used to create these artificial scents do not have to appear on labels. The Food and Drug Administration gives fragrances a lot of leeway when it comes to labeling. It allows companies to list “fragrance” without naming all of its ingredients. This loophole in the regulations was to protect the formulas of perfume companies like Chanel. But it leaves consumers in the dark when it comes to skincare.
And even products that say “fragrance-free” are not a sure bet for safety. Companies may use other chemicals that mask the scent of their additives, thereby being able to call a product fragrance-free. In reality, it is anything but.
Look for natural products that list all of their ingredients. If you are partial to certain smells, try to find options that use essential oils rather than additives. If a list of ingredients includes “fragrance,” look for parentheses containing the components of the scent. You can make your choice easy by sticking with Fountain of Youth Skincare products. We never add synthetic dyes or fragrances.
5. Feed Your Face. Literally.
Your food choices impact every part of your body, including your skin. For a healthy glow, be sure your diet includes plenty of omega-3s. These fatty acids are essential for supple skin all year long. Fish such as mackerel and salmon are excellent sources of omega-3s, but there are vegetarian options, too. For non-meat eaters, think of walnuts, chia seeds, seaweed, and flaxseed as your skin’s best friends. They will treat your skin well all year long.
It’s also critical to drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. During the colder months, you might find yourself drinking less water than you do during the summer. Consider adding some green tea into your routine. It will warm you up, and the antioxidants in green tea do wonders for your skin.
6. Love Your Lips
Cold weather is brutal on your lips. If you have dry, cracked lips, it’s time to give them a little attention. Try a gentle lip scrub to get rid of peeling skin and then use a high-quality lip balm, free of dyes and fragrances. Be sure to give your lips plenty of TLC at bedtime so they can heal up while you rest.
7. Don’t Skip the Sunscreen
Just because the temperature is dropping doesn’t mean you don’t need sun protection. The sun’s rays are harmful year-round, so make sure you continue to use your sunscreen. While you may be able to dial back the SPF during the fall and winter, don’t skip it altogether. Include sunscreen with your moisturizer each morning to keep your skin safe no matter the weather.
8. Take Care of Your Tootsies
If you want to give yourself a treat on a cold evening, consider a foot bath and scrub. Feet can get dry and itchy during the winter, just like the rest of your skin. Enjoy a warm soak for your feet and use an all-natural scrub to slough off dead skin, leaving your feet feeling soft, smooth, and refreshed.
The Scrub from FOY comes in four scents and is perfect for pampering your tired feet. Follow up The Scrub with an excellent lotion to moisturize and hydrate. Your feet will thank you.
9. Dig Out the Humidifier
The dry weather can be hard to combat through skincare products alone. Give yourself a boost by putting a humidifier in your bedroom. The added moisture gives your skin a head start in the morning by keeping it hydrated while you sleep.
Stick With the Best to Treat Your Skin Well
Your face deserves the most excellent care available. It takes the brunt of the coming cold weather, so treat it well. Choose high-quality organic skincare products so you can enjoy skin that looks and feels great no matter the season.
At Fountain of Youth Skincare, we commit to creating organic, vegan products that are safe for your skin. We use locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible and handcraft our products right here in the Pacific Northwest. You will love what our products can do for you.