As you settle into the change of season and the cooler weather that Autumn brings it is important to check in on your skin routine. If you’re anything like us, a change in weather often brings about a change in your skin, in particular, it’s moisture levels.
So what can you do at home to avoid or restore dry skin?
Here are our Top 5 Tips On How to Get Rid of Dry Skin during Autumn.
1. Take the ‘coolest’ shower you can.
Yep, you read that right, it’s time to get ‘cool’ in the shower. Hot showers are very enjoyable, but they’re not great for your skin. If you can, go easy on the hot tap, and have a warmish shower (or as warm/cold as you can handle).
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2. Moisturise daily.
Especially straight after a hot shower!
If you have dry skin should avoid using soap (except for when you’re washing your hands for hygienic reasons i.e. to stop the spread of COVID-19, before you cook, after going to the toilet).
“Using a harsh bar soap with a high pH can literally eat away the outer, protective layer of skin, which is loaded with hydrating proteins and fatty acids. Destroying this barrier leaves the skin sullen, easily inflamed, and hyper-reactive. Make sure to choose a cleanser with a neutral pH” - GoodHouseKeeping.com
There are plenty of soap-free body washes out there. We also recommend that you go for ‘Fragrance-free’ as many (not all) fragrances contain harsh chemicals.
No, we’re not saying go on a diet, we’re saying add some ‘skin-healing’ foods to your diet. As mentioned above in Tip No.3, your skin has a natural /fatty lipid barrier to help keep moisture in and keep environmental pollution out. Foods that are high in Omega 3,6 & 9 (especially Omega 3) are great for helping your skin keep this natural barrier strong & healthy, like avocado, nuts, fish, flaxseed (oil or powder), LSA.
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5. And finally, DRINK WATER.
As Elle Macpherson says…
"The least expensive thing you can do to help your skin is water! I go on about water all day long to anyone who will listen, I routinely drink three litres a day - more if I’ve done a tough workout such as boxing or some kind of interval training. My nutritional doctor and wellness mentor Dr Simone Laubscher taught me that our bodies are made up of trillions of tiny cells, which all need to be hydrated. By drinking two to three litres of water a day (everyone is different apparently in how much they need) our cells will be like plump little grapes, but if we are dehydrated and don’t drink enough water, they’ll be like shrivelled little raisins. This translates to the way our skin looks. Drink plenty of water for plump hydrated looking skin." Getting The Gloss/ Elle Macpherson.
And Dr Scott McGregor (We Are Feel Good Inc. Co-founder) agrees…
“You should aim to drink 2-3L per day and don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Carry a drink bottle with you and sip on it all day.”