As soon as the cool winds start to come, everything begins to dry out. The humidity of the air drops so the moisture in your skin evaporates more easily, leaving your skin feeling dry, scaly and rough. Long hot showers can strip the oils from our skin and indoor heating can also contribute to the development of dry skin.
Here are some naturopathic tips to help keep your skin nice and calm as it gets cool.
Boost your Skincare
Adding an oil into your skincare regime will help with your skins defenses to the colder weather. Hydrate overnight by adding an oil under your moisturiser to really nourish and treat your skin. Try vitamin e, jojoba, rosehip or tamanu oil.
Use a richer creamier body moisturiser especially after long hot showers. Lotions tend to be more fluid and absorb easier in the warm summer weather. A cream based on shea or cocoa butter will act as a heavier oil layer to really nourish dry skin from a topical perspective.
All of the (good) fats
Increase your dietary consumption of essential fatty acids (EFAs) and vitamin E. Just by being more conscious of what you are eating, you can make a real difference. Dry itchy skin, a flaky scalp and peeling/flaking around your fingernails can be a sign that you need to consume more healthy fats.
There are a few levels you can add these EFAs in:
Level 1: Dietary
It’s important you start here! Oily fish, nuts and seeds, avocado. Aim to consume at least two or three serves of these healthy fat foods every day.
Level 2: Oils
Extra virgin olive oil, hemp seed oil and flax seed oil are all great to add to food (after cooking as a drizzle/garnish) to boost your EFAs. Try adding 1-2 tbsp daily.
Level 3: Supplements
Supplements can help by boosting your EFA levels at a therapeutic level and will be beneficial if you suffer from dry skin all year round, or if you suffer skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis or perioral dermatitis. Depending on your condition and symptoms, plant based and fish based oils can be really helpful. Feel free to contact me for advice if you feel you need something like this.
Hydration Hydration Hydration
Self explanatory really. Dryness often indicates a degree of dehydration. Keeping up water intake does become harder to drink in the cool weather because we can become less aware of that thirst cue that the heat brings. Switch your plain water for herbal teas to keep you warm.