With fall in full swing (hello sweaters, boots, and pumpkin spice lattes), it's time to talk skin. Because not all fall seasons are created equal throughout the US. For instance, Florida still has high temperatures with cooler evenings. But northern states are already seeing snow. But one common denominator is that the air is definitely drier.
And what does that mean for your skin? Yep. Drier skin.
Autumn may bring cooler weather and a drop in humidity, and that means dry, stale air and even drier skin. Mix this with dry heat from radiators and layering on more clothes and it's a setup for skin disasters like eczema and dry, itchy skin. This is the time of the year where skin conditions can make a serious spike in flare ups, and for those suffering with eczema or psoriasis, you typically dread fall.
To avoid the itch fest, here are the five top to thwart autumnal skin-related freak-outs:
Try a Thicker Moisturizer
Say goodbye to the lightweight, oil-free moisturizer you've been slathering on all summer. It's time to bulk up with a heftier hydrator. A heavy cream made with ceramides, which are the essential and healthy fatty acids that occur naturally in the skin but need to be replenished during the colder months. Hyaluronic acid, shea butter, and hemp seed oil are also excellent ingredients to look for in a thicker moisturizer for fall and winter.
Add a Body Lotion to the Mix
When summer humidity ends, the skin may start to feel dry and itchy, as there’s much less moisture in the air to help hydrate. The easiest way to stop the itch? By loading up on hydration — from head to toe. Moisturizers both provide a protective barrier over the skin, allowing it to retain hydration and draw in hydration to the outer skin layer. Avoid lotions that have preservatives like parabens, as well as fragrance, mineral oil, and petroleum as these can worsen your dry skin and irritations.
Cut Back on Exfoliating
As the weather gets colder, it's best to cut back on robust ingredients, like retinoids and glycolic acid. Facial scrubs are also a no-no if you have sensitive skin or dry skin since it can inflame and irritate your face more than it will remove dead skin cells. Try a natural exfoliator like a DIY manuka honey face mask mixed with oatmeal (or a natural skin care line with manuka honey).
The start of fall should coincide with skin renewal and repair from the ravages of summer sun and heat. The skin antioxidants can literally be depleted by all of the summer environmental exposure. The top tip for restoring hydration? Start from the inside out! Take supplements with antioxidants, like a regular multi-vitamin or a specialized one with collagen peptides, as it can help restore every inch of skin on your body. Helping your skin from the inside out is one way, although having the right skin care products too is a major factor.
Invest in a Humidifier
Boost the hydration in your home by adding your own moisturizer to the mix with the help of a humidifier. This is a big one for eczema and psoriasis-prone skin types to help keep your skin calm and avoid less triggers. Turn it on as soon as you put the heat on for the best results!
Give Natural Skin Care a Shot
Yes, we may have already mentioned this once or twice, but there’s a bonified reason for it. Natural skin care works! When you find the right brand, your skin woes will be like the ugly duckling and transform into your dream skin. Wouldn’t it be nice to have healthy, clear, glowing skin? It’s not difficult with Wild Naturals! Our all natural skin and hair care lines are brimming with the best ingredients for eczema and psoriasis, but also every skin type too!
For your best skin yet, head over to Wild Naturals online store today and see for yourself what it can do for you (and you won’t be disappointed).