Are you one of those lucky people who don’t have to worry about dry skin in the fall and winter? I’m not. The dropping temperatures and drier air mean taking extra steps to keep my skin healthy. If you share this issue, here are a few tips to keep your skin soft and supple this season.
Exfoliate. Yes, exfoliate. Dry skin causes skin cells to shed less effectively. Gently scrubbing away the dead cells helps hydrate and protect your skin by increasing the amount of moisturizer it absorbs. Consider making a mild scrub at home, like this pumpkin cinnamon body scrub, or choose an organic option with minimal ingredients.
Use a Nourishing Cleanser. Harsh soaps and facial cleansers strip much-needed moisture from dry skin. This is definitely the time of year to splurge on an organic cleanser or cleansing oil. If you’re considering an oil, they have options to suit any budget. I just finished a bottle by Bobbi Brown and I have friends who swear by Origins and Josie Maran’s products.
Hydrate and Protect. The right moisturizer can make all the difference during the fall and winter months. Look for products that contain natural oils, antioxidants and vitamins. Avoid alcohol and dyes as these suck moisture from the skin. For face, I’m using Bobbi Brown’s Extra Bright moisturizer and for body, I toggle between Aquaphor and Eucerin depending on how dry my skin is feeling.