The season of fall is upon us, and this is the time of year most of us start worrying about chapped lips, patchy elbows, and less-than-supple skin. Our skin is the largest organ in our body, and obviously, the most visible. What your skin looks like reveals what you put into your body and how well you treat yourself. As fun as it is to play with bolder makeup looks and try different hair colors during the colder months, it never hurts to make sure your skin is well pampered. If anything, it is the first step in taking preventative measures against aging!
Areas to focus on
The best thing to do is to moisturize everywhere you tend to get dry, but ideally, you should moisturize your entire body. Some parts of your body are used to protecting itself against the environment and damaging factors, so the skin has over time developed to be thicker, like your palms, heels, elbows, and knees. That is why those areas tend to get cracked and drier than other areas of the skin. Those areas require more attention because quite simply, we use them the most. For these areas, be sure to use a highly hydrating and rich body butter.
For other areas like legs, arms, back, it’s best to go with something simple like a lotion, but if your skin tends to be overall more dry, go with body butter, especially during the colder season. Body butter just takes longer to skin into the skin.
For your face, use something that targets specific issues, whether it’s anti-aging, dryness, redness, or uneven skin tone. There are face moisturizers for virtually every known issue, and it’s up to you to find the right one for you!
The great thing about skincare is that you can make it a part of your everyday routine. It should be just as easy as brushing your teeth or combing your hair, and should be integrated into your morning regimen. The first thing to do is is to thoroughly cleanse your face. If there is any residue or makeup, cleanse with a makeup wipe first, then cleanse with a gentle cleanser. Ideally your cleanser would have some microbeads for gentle exfoliation, but you can also use a separate gentle exfoliator. Afterwards, swipe a alcohol-free toner with a cotton pad across your face to balance your skin’s pH levels and to clean out your pores. Right afterwards moisturize your face, then the rest of your body (although the best time to do your body is when you’re very slightly damp right out of the shower).