As the temps drop and everyone switches to indoor heat, your skin starts to dry out, often feeling itchy, scaly and dry. The key to keeping your skin under control is to switch your skincare as soon as the temperature begins to change.
Body lotions work for me during the warmer months, but as soon as I can wear boots and light jackets, my skin becomes itchy, flaky and even scaly. My cousin found the perfect fix at the Oakland Farmers Market with Skincare by Feleciai's Shea Butter Cream ($20). It's thick and rich like a body butter, with nothing but good-for-you ingredients. Made from Ugandan organic nilotica shea butter, golden jojoba oil and essential oils from around the world, you can't make a bad decision. My favorite is the Lemon Litsea Cubeba. We all know I'm a sucker for anything lemon. Next time, I am trying the Lime Spearmint. The thought makes my mouth water. If you like to support small businesses who do their best to create elegant formulas with none of the chemical names you see in the shops, check out Skincare by Feleciai. You won't be disappointed (Her lip balms are amazing as well, but you can't buy them online just yet)!
Unless you have oily skin, it's a good idea to start adding additional moisture to the skin as soon as the weather become fickle. Right now, I'm using DermaE ($30), which is all about hydration, all the time. From the cleanser to the eye cream and including the day and night cream, all products are cruelty-free, vegan and won't break the bank. I've been using the the Hydrating Line, which includes Hyaluronic Acid, an ingredient that is already in the skin. It really helps to hydrate and plump the skin. Hyaluronic acid is one of my favorite ingredients in products. You can find it in foundation and all types of skincare. It just works! This is one of the most hydrating products I've tried (and I've tried a lot!). I really, really like this line. I'm curious to try their anti-aging line, but I'm loving the Hydrating Line. It's not thick and doesn't clog pores. The only downside is that it occasionally leaves my skin looking a little dewy, but I wouldn't trade it!
Even if you are just starting to think about preventing the signs of aging, it's a good idea to make sure your skin is protected. Obviously, you are wearing a sunscreen, but take it up a notch with StriVectin's Present Perfect ($59). This is the perfect starter for young women who want to keep their youthful glow as long as possible. The antioxidant-rich light cream helps protect your face from free radicals like smoke, pollution and the general environment. Overtime, these unavoidable environmental trouble makers can rob your skin of its youthful appearance. Present Perfect works perfectly under an SPF and can be worn day or night. Be sure to check StriVectin's site for money saving product bundles!
It's also a great time to change up your cleanser. Look for one that contains microbeads to help exfoliate the dead skin from your face to maintain your radiance. Most cleansers that claim to scrub the skin barely scratch the surface. Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Facial Cleanser ($18) contains micro-particles that actually exfoliate without abrading the skin. It's gentle enough for daily use while it actually removes debris and dead skin cells.
Looking for a serum that hydrates while reducing the signs of aging? I just started using Estee Lauder's newly revamped Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II. My favorite EL makeup artist at my Macy's swears by and judging by the change in her skin, it's amazing. I've honestly never seen her skin look that pure, lineless and beautiful. And she's been helping me with makeup at various counters for about 18 years.
Finally, be sure to exfoliate to get rid of that dead skin still hanging on from summer. Be sure to hydrate afterwards! If a full on body butter is too much for you, try something nourishing and hydrating like AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion ($8). It not only soothes dry skin, it helps prevent it! And when itchy skin turns scaly or blistery or hurts when it's wet or is weepy, it's not just dry. It's most likely eczema. I've always gone through bouts of eczema on my hands since I was a teen. While it helps to see a doctor or derm for a diagnosis, don't hesitate to try Aveeno's Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream. It's gentle enough for sensitive skin and for babies and has been proven to help relieve the effects of eczema and restore balance to the skin.
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