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GOOD….BYE…SUMMER!!! The best season is here…FALL! And along with the cooler weather comes lite jackets, boots, hoodies, darkness at 5pm…all my favorite thing! As you start to change out your wardrobe and add layers to your daily routine, be sure to update your body care regimen too. Lower temperatures, decreased humidity, and drier air can wreak havoc on the glowing skin you worked so hard for all summer. The efforts we make to try to keep warm like taking hot showers and blasting the heater in our cars and homes may be doing our skin more harm than good, especially if you have prior skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and dry, itchy skin.
The change in season is the perfect time to take a look at your body care routine and switch it up to make sure you stay protected, moisturized, and keep glowing. To avoid the extra dryness, irritation, and all-around annoyance that comes along with cooler weather, follow these tips to maintain sexy skin all autumn and winter long.
Use a thicker moisturizer and put it on within 5 minutes of showering
The end of summer marks the end of lightweight moisturizers. You know, the ones you have to reapply all throughout the day. The cool autumn air brings with it dryness and decreased humidity, which in turn causes your skin to dry out. To combat the dryness of your environment, use a thicker moisturizer that offers a protective barrier to the cold. Body oils, heavy creams, and butters like our Whipped Body Butter, work to provide a layer of protection on the skin to keep moisture in and prevent water loss. Make sure to put on your moisturizer within 5 minutes of getting out of the shower or bath, while your skin is still damp. This helps to seal in moisture.
Physical exfoliation, with polish, scrubs, and brushes, help keep skin looking and feeling soft, smooth, and sexy. Over-exfoliating does the exact opposite. Too much exfoliating can cause dryness, rough patches, and can lead to small cracks in the skin, removing the protective barrier, and causing water loss and skin irritation. Since the skin is at greater risk of being drier during the cooler months, we recommend dropping down to one exfoliation day a week with nourishing and moisturizing exfoliates like our Ultra-Moisturizing Body Polish. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells, allowing the new cells to better absorb moisture. So make sure to slather on that moisturizer when you’re done.
Moisturize your air – get a humidifier
Colder air outside can cause our skin to dry out, but we are just as much at risk of drying out our skin when indoors. Heaters and radiators set too high can dry out the air around us, causing our skin’s natural moisture barrier to weaken and lead to cracked, flaking, peeling skin. During the cooler months, consider using a humidifier to add a little moisture to the air.
Get your beauty sleep
Our body gets a chance to reset itself while we sleep. This is also the best time to slather on your thickest moisturizers, giving your body hours to absorb all its goodness.
Hydrate with food and water
In the warmer seasons we drink lots of water because we’re hot, sweaty, and thirsty. We usually cut back on our water intake during the winter and indulge in warmer drinks like coffee, tea, hot cocoa…or alcohol, cause ya know, that warms the insides, well at least mine lol. Be sure to stay hydrated even in the cooler months by alternating water with your favorite drinks. You can also increase your intake of foods with high water content like fruits and veggies.
Avoid hot showers
Summer may be over, but the sun is still out in all its glory. I always say black may not crack…but it definitely can burn. So help keep your skin looking youthful and glowing by using sunscreen with at least 30 SPF. We have definitely come a long way in sunscreen. There are many brands out there now that cater to black and brown skin, so they won’t leave that tacky white residue. Find one that gives moisture and sun protection to keep your skin gorgeous in any season.
Follow these simple tips to keep your skin looking summertime fine all fall and winter long.