The start of the fall season marks the start of dry skin. But just because you cannot control the weather, it does not follow that you cannot do anything to keep your skin supple and moist, whatever your skin type and age may be. You just have to follow the internal and external skin care routines.
Internal Skin Care
Basically, this refers to your diet. Remember that whatever goes inside your body will reflect on the outside so having a healthy diet can greatly improve the health and condition of your skin.
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily.
- Drink green tea daily or if you’re not much of a tea person thrice a week would do.
- Drink raw vegetable juice daily, particularly carrot juice.
- Eat leafy greens and fruits especially those packed with antioxidants.
- Add olive oil in your dishes.
- Take omega-3 and essential fatty acids supplements or better yet eat up on foods that are packed with these nutrients such as salmon, tuna and turkey.
- Avoid smoking, caffeine, alcohol, animal fats, and fried foods.
- For those above 40 years old, drink herbal tea in an empty stomach every morning and add in a squeeze of lemon.
External Skin Care
- Bathe in lukewarm water. If you’re used to using hot water then you’ve been harming your skin as hot water dry the skin.
- See to it that you use a moisturizing soap and most importantly one that is free of fragrance and other chemicals that can be harmful to your health.
- Generously lather on moisturizer on the skin after bathing. The best time to moisturise is while the skin is still damp. Don’t forget to moisturise the hands and feet as well.
- Use a humidifier in your home.
- Prevent lips from chapping by using a moisturising balm. Remove dried skin on your lips with a toothbrush. Be sure to be gentle when doing so.
There is also a great deal of natural ingredients that you can use to keep your skin moisturised and hydrated such as avocado, banana and Morocco Argan oil. Argan oil contains a great deal of nutrients and antioxidants that will keep the skin healthy and well hydrated. Its high content of Vitamin E helps keep the skin moisturised and more importantly protected from the damaging effects of free radicals. Other antioxidants present in the oil are Carotenoids, Ferulic acid and Polyphenols. The oil is also loaded with essential fatty acids which help keep the skin youthful and moisturized. Its Sterols is key to its moisturizing prowess as Sterols lock in moisture and prevent it from escaping. The result is a well hydrated and soft skin.
Aside from the numerous tips above, also make sure that you get sufficient sleep and regular exercise. Using natural face packs before bathing will also be a good idea as this smoothens and nourishes the skin.