With seasonal changes come skin changes, and fall is the time our skin begins to dry out from the lack of humidity and moisture in the air. Skin on the face, lips, and hands, especially, become parched with flaking, redness, and even intensely dry and scaly skin surfaces.
Proper moisturization is necessary all year round, but extra care should be taken in the fall and winter months to keep skin smooth, soft, and a great base for make-up application. This requires proper cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing routines made for dry skin.
Let’s start with noting the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin. Dry skin occurs in the surface level and is caused by environmental conditions and potentially misused or poorly chosen products.
Dehydrated skin is dull and papery and can be fixed by drinking lots of fluids and eating foods with a higher water content, plus applying moisturizing products. Dry skin can be helped with good quality products and possibly a humidifier in the home, where needed.
A proper cleanser is the first step in a dry skin regimen to remove surface dirt and grime without stripping skin of its natural oils. Some harshdrugstore and generic acne cleansers are notoriously bad for this because they strip the skin completely to dry out blemishes, along with a medicated ingredient that causes flaking.
Dry skin needs a nourishing treatment that removes make-up and dirt and leaves the essentials. Use a cleanser specially-formulated for dry skin in the morning and at night, and gently dab the skin dry with a soft towel.
Exfoliating for dry skin is great because it removes flaky, dead surface cells, but you must be careful to not use harsh products and to not scrub too hard, which will irritate the skin. Redness is already a problem with dryness, and irritation will worsen this.
Those with acne problems should avoid exfoliators because flare ups will become irritated and your skin may overproduce sebum in response.Your skin should never be peeling because of your exfoliation routine. Find an exfoliator specifically designed for dry skin, use a gentle pressure, and you’ll have your skin smoothened, brightened, and primed to increase the benefits of your moisturizer.
There is a big selection of moisturizers on the market for face, lips, hands, and body. An all-natural formula is a great choice for a product that is going to be absorbed into your skin. Select a moisturizer that is light, can be applied twice daily and under make-up, is non-comedogenic, and features organic ingredients.
For the rest of the body, the Grown Alchemist body and hand cream suite of organic products is a safe and luxurious choice.The Grown Alchemist Hand Cream with Vanilla & Orange Peel is a non-greasy formula made with active botanicals to hydrate, sooth, and smooth hands, nails, and cuticles. It’s rich in antioxidants from grape seed, wheatgerm, rosehips, and orange peel. For the body, the Intensive Body Cream with Rosa Damascena, Acai, & Pomegranate maximizes hydration and elasticity while increasing firmness.
Hydration is important for parched autumn skin, and you’ll want to look for non-greasy formulas that feel light and that last. Try all-natural products and be sure to prep your skin with proper cleansing, gentle exfoliating first.