Healthy Fall & Winter Skin Tips
Let's face it Graces, cooler temperatures are nice, but they can be so harsh on our Melanin skin, hair and nails.😢
The colder weather dries out our skin’s natural barrier, which is designed to retain water and keep our skin moisturized — the result may be flakiness, irritation and general discomfort. “The heaters are on [and] the humidity level in the air drops and so moisture literally just evaporates off the skin’s surface".
So, let me help you maintain the glow, year 'round.
Check out 5 tips for healthy fall/winter skin below.
1. Change your Bodycare products for the season.
During the winter months, choose cream-based cleansers and moisture-rich soaps. Apply toners and astringents sparingly, if at all. For the reason, many astringents contain alcohol, which can further dry your skin. During cleansing, use tools to exfoliate, hence removing dry and dead skin cells, unearthing fresh glowy skin. When your skin is dry and itchy, use a rich body balm, like Grace of Melanin's, Body Enrichment Balm, after your shower to seal in moisture and protect the skin barrier from cooler/drier elements. At night, use a rich oil or cream based facial moisturizer to seal in moisture. Keep your hair and scalp supple and protected, with ayurvedic and plant oil-based organic hair pomades. Hair can still grow during cooler months, trust me.. Basically, the key is moisture and lots of it.🤎
2. Lower the thermostat to combat dryness.
When it's chilly outside, what's the first thing you want to do? Crank up the heat! But central heat can make the air in your house even drier and skin, hair and nails can suffer. Try setting the thermostat at a cool yet comfortable setting — 68°F to 72°F — to maintain healthy skin.
3. Invest in a Humidifier. Especially if you live in an apartment with high temperature heating.
Using a humidifier in your home or office will add moisture to dry winter air and help keep your skin hydrated and glowy. Run a humidifier in the rooms you spend the most time in, including your bedroom, especially at night.
4. Stay hydrated and eat the right foods.
Sometimes when skin is very dry, it can be helped by foods or supplements that contain omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, such as fish oil and flaxseed oil". "For the most part, however, it is important to help the skin moisturize from the outside." Also, consuming sea moss gel can help with getting lots of vitamins/minerals and building collagen. Also, drink lots of water and tea frequently.
5. Avoid super hot showers and baths.
It may be tempting to take a long, steamy shower, but your skin will be much better-served with a warm shower or bath. Warm water is less stripping and irritating to the skin. You should also avoid using excessively hot water when washing your hands — if the water turns your palms red, it’s too hot.
Graces, there is no need to suffer this cold-weather season. You can still look and feel good. Just put a little more TLC in your bodycare this season and use these tips I've shared. #ENJOYTHEGLOW.🤎