It’s fall, and you know what that means — potentially endless bouts of cold and dry weather. Cold and dry weather can sometimes lead to itchy, flaky skin. From sensitive skin to itchy hands, this weather can often get in the way of looking your best. Even if you’re drinking tons of water, eating right, and moisturizing like crazy, your normal routine may not be enough to beat the dry skin blues. The good news? We rounded up our favorite beauty and self-care swaps to truly stay healthy, hydrated and happy this season.
SWAP #1: Back off On Exfoliators and Opt for Extra Thick, Creamy Moisturizers
While we’re a big fan of a regular exfoliation routine, sometimes the abrasives found in exfoliants can be too harsh on your sensitive skin. Especially when fall weather naturally promotes dryness and dehydration. Microbeads not only remove dead skin cells but can strip your skin of its much-needed naturally hydrating oils. Instead, opt for a creamy face cream that you can use twice per day after washing your face. The everclēn Face Cream uses soothing essential oils and calming botanicals to help soften and nourish your skin for a natural, healthy complexion.
SWAP #2: Switch from Drugstore Lotions to an Almond Oil for Total-Body Hydration
Drugstore lotions often contain alcohols and glycerins which actually dry your skin out further and can do more harm than good. Instead, opt for almond oil, which has the natural ability to lock in moisture and make extra dry skin feel naturally soft and supple. Try Almond Glow Body Lotion — infused with the antioxidant benefits of vitamin E oil— and our favorite self-massage technique after you shower to protect and hydrate your skin. (Bonus Tip: You can rub a little extra into your legs after shaving, to keep them from becoming dry and scaly.)
SWAP #3: Ditch the Sniffles and Try a Neti Pot for Nasal Health
There’s nothing worse than a pile of tissues and the feeling of a thick head from allergies or a cold. Enter, the neti pot. It combines warm water and a saline solution designed to gently and safely rinse debris or mucus from your sinuses. To use, mix warm, distilled and previously boiled water with one packet of your iodide-free, preservative-free salt and baking soda mixture. (Note: most neti pots you can find in drugstores come with salt packets in the box.) Tilt your head sideways over the sink and place the spout of the neti pot in the upper nostril. The warm water will rinse your nasal cavity and drip out of your lower nostril, giving you a clear-headed sensation. Rinse out your sinuses before bed, and for extreme symptoms, use a few times per day.
SWAP #4: Trade Pre-Packaged Foods for an Ayurvedic Diet
The conventional wisdom of Ayurveda (the sister science to yoga) says that eating an in-season diet is perhaps the most crucial thing to helping maintain your overall health and also for achieving healthy, hydrated skin. But how do you know if you’re eating Ayurvedically? Larissa Hall Carlson, Ayurvedic expert and internationally renowned yoga teacher, says as a general rule of thumb to buy the fruit and veggies that are on sale. On sale means there’s an abundance of product and therefore it’s in season. For example in fall and winter, according to Larissa, you should stock up on root veggies and fermented foods, and increase your fiber intake.