Healthy Skin Care for Autumn
The cooler autumn weather can affect how our skin looks and feels so if your skin has been feeling dry or irritated it could be a good time to look at adjusting your skin care routine. The good news is there are quite a few simple changes you can make without breaking the bank.
Take shorter, cooler showers. Hot showers might feel like they’re washing your cares away but they’re actually having the opposite effect on your skin. Hot water strips your skin of the protective oil that helps it retain moisture so basically - the longer and hotter the shower - the more moisture your skin loses. It’s a good idea to turn the temperature down and stick to shorter showers - your skin will thank you for it and you’ll save on the water and electricity bills too.
Moisturise after your shower. Applying moisturiser while your skin is still damp will help lock in moisture and replenish skin far better than if you were applying it to dry skin.
Drink plenty of water. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and eating seasonal water-rich foods like nashi pears, feijoas and blueberries, and by incorporating more vegies into your diet. Commonsense Organics offer a great seasonal produce guide on their website.
Avoid harsh products. Many soaps, cleansers, body washes, lotions and other skin care products contain chemicals that can irritate and potentially damage your skin including SLS, parabens, triclosan, petrochemicals and synthetic fragrances. If you have sensitive skin, look for body care products with as few ingredients as possible and you might even want to try products that are fragrance free.
Eat healthy fats. Replenish your skin from the inside out by incorporating healthy oils into your diet. Coconut oil is great for cooking as it can withstand high temperatures, extra virgin olive oil is ideal for salad dressings and it’s a good idea to eat oily fish (sustainably caught sardines and tuna) or take fish oil or flax seed oil supplements.