October 4, 2013
It’s important to take care of your skin at all times and especially when the seasons change. With fall comes colder, drier weather and chapped, red skin. Eco News Network offers these tips to help keep your skin healthy all season-long.
1. The Shorter the Shower the Better
Not only does taking a shorter shower conserve water and better the planet, but it can also benefit your skin. According to WebMD, long, hot showers can dry out your skin. Warm or cool showers are recommended, as steamy water can remove natural oils more easily resulting in dehydrated skin.
2. Eat Those Fall Veggies
Remember when your mother or father told you to always eat your vegetables? Well, they were definitely onto something! Fall veggies like pumpkins, sweet potatoes and carrots are great for the skin, iVillage reports. These particular foods contain beta-carotene, which protects skin from acne, wrinkles, sun damage, blemishes and dry skin.
3. Keep Those Lips Hydrated
This seems like common sense, but a lot of people don’t know what’s best for their lips. When we say hydrate we don’t mean by licking, as that can easily dry out lips and cause chapping. The best way is to use plenty of lip balm and cover up those kissable puckers with a scarf on cold, windy days.
4. Stay Away from Scented Soaps
Mild soaps are best for dry skin. As WebMD explains, “antibacterial or deodorant soap may be doing you more harm than good, stripping your skin of essential oils.” The solution is to read labels and be sure you’re washing with mild, lightly scented or unscented soaps.
5. Try a Natural Face Mask
There are lots of options you can do at home or most day spas offer natural face masks as an option if you want to spluge. Pumpkin offers a lot of benefits for the skin including Vitamins A and C, beta-carotene, and more. Try this homemade pumpkin clarifying treatment mask for oily and dry skin from iVillage and Straight from Your Kitchen.
- 2 tsp organic pumpkin puree (canned pumpkin works fine)
- 1/2 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp milk
- Optional: 1/4 tsp cinnamon spice (Note:This works as an astringent for some, it can cause an allergic reaction for others. To be safe conduct a skin patch test–if it burns, leave the cinnamon out of the recipe.)
Mix the ingredients into a paste and apply to a freshly cleansed face. Let dry for about 15-20 minutes and rinse off with water.
6. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
It’s extremely important to moisturize at all times. The great thing is you don’t need to purchase expensive products, but can you use items like petroleum jelly or mineral oil. Just remember to lather up to keep away that dryness.
Hopefully these skin care tips will help you maintain hydrated and healthy skin throughout fall and into winter.