This may not be my most interesting topic, however it is a topic I feel is so necessary and urgent since both my husband I woke up with dry and patchy skin this week. We are the blotch-faced freaks in my house because Autumn is officially here! Sister, I am having some unhappy feelings about it. The changing of seasons can really wreak havoc on my skin especially the change from Summer to Autumn. I should migrate to warmer, more humid climates like the birds or my in-laws—my skin tells me so!
Why is Autumn so hard on the skin? Because Autumn doesn’t know what it is…it’s warm during the day, and cool/cold at night. Last week I had my AC and my heater on during the same 24-hour period. Seriously, my skin just needs consistency—add the wind and I’ve lost my mind, argh!
Fortunately for me and now YOU, there are simple solutions to address the effects of changing seasons on our skin’s health. Our skin can be beautiful year ’round, ladies. Let’s talk about how and why the uncertain mind of Autumn is affecting us.
When temperatures drop, the humidity in the air becomes low. Couple the low temperature with the wind which sucks the moisture right out of our skin, and our skin becomes vulnerable. It’s losing both water and natural oils. Our skin reacts like a naughty child who has had a toy taken away, with a total, utter meltdown. It results in acne flare-ups and our skin becomes dry, flaky, itchy, rashy, bumpy, and dull. Clearly, we need to give it some extra attention and hydrate it.
Here are a few tips to aid your skin through these colder temperatures:
ADD HUMIDITY Steam your face over a bowl of boiling water with a towel draped over your head. Add some relaxing high quality essential oils such as chamomile to calm and cleanse any inflamed areas.
EXFOLIATE In a previous blog post I discuss the dangers of over-exfoliating. During the transition in seasons, bump your routine up to 3 times a week when you start to notice changes or shifts in your skin’s moisture level. Once your skin has adjusted to the cold around December or January, come back down to twice a week.
MOISTURIZE Do I really need to say more? Use a moisturizer filled with natural ingredients that truly nourish not agitate your dry skin. Check out the Danu Skincare Products page for the Chamorose Moisturizer.
AVOID EXCESSIVE HEAT Take warm showers instead of hot ones. Keep the thermostat below 78 degrees and if you are in front of the fireplace, exercise moderation.
SUPPLEMENT WITH EFA – Essential Fatty Acids Make sure you are getting your omegas! Eating a diet high in EFAs or supplementing your meals with fish, borage, or primrose oil will soothe super dry skin.
EXERCISE! For real, sister. 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 3 times a week will make your skin radiant. Really.
Follow these tips and your skin will ‘straighten up’ quickly, just in time for the season’s festivities. Skin care is more than looking good. When we look good, we feel good—and when we feel good, we can change the world!