(photo taken last winter when I arrived back from Ireland to a snowy Nantucket)
I am writing this on a beautiful cold fall day on Nantucket. I know that the weather has been a little erratic lately with temperature changes and your skin maybe acting a little confused. Changes in temperature, a drop in humidity and dry heat from radiators and stoves can make feel skin feel dry and itchy. Below are some tips to help dryness and support healthy skin:
- Avoid long hot showers which tend to dry and irritate the skin. Short warm showers are best.
- Gently exfoliate your body in the shower a couple of times a week to promote cell turnover and to ensure that your skin absorbs nourishing and hydrating ingredients better.
- Apply a nourishing oil to not only soften and keep skin supple but to help feed your skin with the active properties like the vitamins and antioxidants found in the oil (if you haven't tried my body oil yet it's a great combination of nourishing oils like camellia, almond and avocado but light enough that is absorbs easily and quickly).
- Putting on an additional layer of clothing is preferable for your skin rather than adjusting the thermostat to a higher temperature. Consider buying a humidifier to add moisture to the air if you suffer from dry, itchy skin. There are some nice smaller models around that won't take up too much space and look pretty (they look like contemporary vases). You get extra points if you pick one up second hand from a local thrift store or ebay.
- Protect your skin from exposure to the cold. That's wear hats, gloves and scarves come in! And don’t forget to wear lip balm or lip conditioner to avoid chapped lips.
- I get asked this question a lot..."Can I use your face oil during the day?" Yes, but I always recommend layering an SPF on top of my face oil if you are outside (that goes for winter along with summer). My face oil will help create a protective barrier to protect against the cold but not against the sun.
- And lastly, if you do have an on-going skin condition you're concerned about, it is always best to see a dermatologist to put your mind at rest.
If you have any winter skin care tips you would like to share, please email me!
Stay happy and healthy,