By Stephanie Giles
Are you ready to jump right into it? The season of drier weather & less humidity that brings along with it the wonderful gift of dehydrated skin? Regardless if you live in the North, South or somewhere in between, we all experience a chapped lip or a flakey body part. So, how do we reverse these less than ideal, parched situations to get back that lovely, glowing skin we’re so familiar with during the summer months? Here are a few helpful tips, but don’t over do it! There’s so much information out there, don’t do everything you read, your skin is different and unique, find what works for you.
The human body is made up of 55%-60% water* - makes sense that we need to be drinking enough to maintain these levels and build a good foundation of hydration from the inside out-so…DRINK UP and don’t forget to fill up on water based foods such as watermelon, cucumber, celery, carrot and tomato.
Exfoliation is super important. Sloughing off the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin) that’s been clogged with toxins will help with the generation of cell turnover therefore revealing a more luminous and younger looking version of your dry aged self. However, not all skin is created equal. It varies in thickness depending on which part of the body. The facial skin is much thinner and more fragile thus needing a bit more attention. Depending on your skin type try using a product that has either glycol and lactic acid, salicylic acid or enzyme based. For the lips go for a more fine texture of granules but that also has natural wax or plant based oils for hydration such as Beauty For Real’s Lip Revival Sugar Scrub ($14). For the body, go crazy with ingredients such as coffee, raw sugar or sea salt. My fav is Beauty For Real’s (TOTAL) Body Revival Exfoliating & Hydrating Body Scrub ($24).
Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize. To take full advantage of your skins ability to absorb, apply immediately (3 seconds to be exact if you’re following a Korean beauty regime) after washing with lukewarm NOT hot water. Be mindful to choose a product that is going to penetrate and protect the skin not make it worse. Remember your skin is the largest organ, a sponge, avoid chemically artificial and petroleum based products-these will wreak more havoc than provide any good. Go for natural, oil based moisture that will hydrate and soothe such as lavender, jojoba, avocado, rose hip and chamomile. Also consider whipping up a do it yourself mask to really seal it all in. Get creative with cucumber, avocado or raw honey.
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*Source: U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Water Science School