I know I’m in New York not because of the pretzels and bright lights but because my skin is dry. Living in San Diego has made me soft.
Summertime means humidity, and few people like humidity. But your skin loves it because humidity prevents it from drying out.
With winter’s arrival comes humidity’s departure. The air becomes cooler and drier, and your skin doesn’t react well. It becomes dry, irritated, and damaged.
Here are 7 tips for keeping your skin healthy this fall and winter:
1. Wash wisely: Use a moisturizing body wash such as Dove Body Wash made with Nutrium Moisture, 100% natural moisturizers that actually puts moisture back into your skin.
2. Take a short shower: Keep showers under 5 minutes and use warm water, as hot water removes healthy oils from your skin.
3. Go omega: Eat more foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, halibut, and flaxseed oil. Flaxseed oil is the highest in omega-3 fatty acids of all vegetable oils which helps keeps your skin soft and prevents it from drying out.
4. Rev up your vitamins: Vitamin E is critical for protecting and repairing skin. Good food sources of vitamin E include almonds, walnuts, avocados, and sunflower seeds. Vitamin C-packed berries such as blueberries and raspberries help keep collagen healthy and reduce free radicals that cause aging.
5. Cover up. Exposed skin is susceptible skin. When outdoors in the cold and wind, wear gloves, scarves, and hats to keep skin protected.
6. Stay protected: Unless it’s dark and stormy, keep using your broad spectrum sunscreen SPF 30. Just because summer’s over, doesn’t mean the sun can’t still do damage. It’s always safer to stay protected.
7. Clean house: Toss any sunscreens, lotions, or make-up that’s been damaged from the summer heat—melted foundations, clumpy mascara, funky smelling creams. It’s not worth risking a skin infection. Plus, it’s an excuse to go shopping.
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Disclosure: I have been a consultant to UniLever, the company that makes Dove, since 2011. I’ve been using Dove since I was 11.