National Healthy Skin Month!
November is National Healthy Skin Month and as the weather shifts, so do our routines. Keep on top of skin’s seasonal changes with these simple tips and tricks.
1. Hot water can be damaging to the skin, so try to keep your baths and showers warm instead. 2. Wind, rain, and cold can be harsh on the skin. Double up and protect. Try using oil-based moisturizer and sealing it on with a face cream. This doubled-up duo provides more protection against the elements. 3. Humid fall weather can increase breakouts. Look for an oil-based moisturizer that will help restore and balance sebum. Also, look for bacteria-fighting actives, like oregano oil, tamanu oil, or usnea lichen. 4. Don’t be fooled by cloudy days. Just because you don’t see the sun doesn’t mean its rays can’t still damage the skin. Keep wearing sunscreen. 5. Hats, turtlenecks, and scarves can cause breakouts if not laundered regularly. If you have oily and acne-prone skin, wash these cold-weather accessories after each wear. 6. Heaters and dry climates can dehydrate skin (yes, even oily complexions). Dehydration can cause everything from signs of aging to redness to clogged pores and breakouts. Continue to drink plenty of fluids. Adding skin-loving herbal teas such as rooibos, licorice, turmeric, lemon, rosehip, chamomile, and marshmallow root is a great way to keep sipping through colder weather. Use the double-up moisturizer method (above) for face and thicker butters and lotions for the neck-down.
7. Look for non-pore-clogging ingredients that lock in moisture and nutrients, such as squalene, amaranth oil, olive oil, hyaluronic acid, honey, and goat milk. Eat foods high in essential fatty acids, such as avocados, walnuts, pumpkin, sunflower, chia seeds, and flax seeds to help keep skin radiant. 8. Remember to keep eating the rainbow. While fresh fruits and vegetables aren’t as abundant in fall, there are plenty of beauty foods still available, such as dark leafy greens, hard squashes, pomegranates, persimmons, pears, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. There’s still a bounty to feed the skin from within. 9. Fall is a wonderful time to load up on pre and probiotic foods, such as leeks, garlic, onions, flax seeds, kimchi, sauerkraut, and yogurt. Include these in your diet to keep your gut healthy because a healthy gut = healthy skin. 10. Squash skin concerns this season with squash. Hard squashes are plentiful this time of year and aren’t only internally beneficial. They’re also fantastic for your skin. Pumpkin acts as the bridge and helps all the other ingredients dive deeper for more potent and profound results. Incorporate squash into your diet and skincare routine.