Commentary by Kristina Johnson
Heading into fall our skin often takes a beating due to the colder weather and dryer air. A regular skin care regimen will greatly alleviate skin problems triggered by the change of season. Dull, flakey, itchy skin does not have to plague you. Here are some tips for dealing with autumnal skin changes.
Moisture is your friend. Dry skin is probably one of the biggest issues affecting people when the temperatures drop. Moisturize daily and reapply as needed. Add a hydrating mask once a week for added moisture. We like Aveda’s Intensive Hydrating Masque ($22), a blend of aloe, kelp, lavender and rosewater. You might also invest in humidifiers for your home as a way to dispense moisture evenly and offset dry heat in your home.
You are what you eat. Get your vitamin C through fall produce such as pears, cabbage and potatoes. Those suffering from eczema and psoriasis should cut down on alcohol intake to prevent flare-ups already triggered by colder temperatures.
Layer it up. Layers are essential in the fall because we can easily overheat, causing sweat to irritate the skin. Layers made from natural plant fibers such as cotton are a great choice. Be sure to also remove damp socks and gloves when coming in from the rain as wet clothing can aggravate eczema.
Pamper those toes. Feet are thoroughly abused daily, and in the winter they too require a little extra TLC. Find moisturizers specially made for feet. Aveda’s Foot Relief ($22.50) is a great option that both soothes and invigorates tired toes. For an added moisture boost, try applying lotion or petroleum jelly to feet before putting on socks. This works especially well before bed.
Stop being harsh. Avoid harsh facial peels and alcohol based toners, as they strip skin of its natural oils. Switch to mild cleansers, alcohol free toners and deep hydrating masks. Hot baths and showers are also to be avoided as they break down lipid barriers in the skin which can lead to a loss of moisture. Try oatmeal or baking soda in your bath to help relieve dry, itchy skin.