The fall season this year has been a little wild. California and Florida have still been experiencing 100 degree days, while Denver has reported early snow. It's like Mother Nature can't quite make up her mind, and it's resulting in some intense weather swings.
Unfortunately for many of us, this can cause unpleasant skin changes such as dry or cracked skin, eczema flares, itchy skin, and even more acne breakouts. The skin can be just as susceptible to weather shifts as it is to hormone changes or dietary splurges.
Here are three ways to protect your skin this fall and winter, to keep it looking radiant and healthy.
1) Consider trying oils, both inside and out.
Fish oil and others high in omega-3 essential fatty acids have been shown to help dry itchy skin if taken regularly. Talk with your health care provider. Common doses of supplementation range from 1000-2000mg daily. You can also eat fresh-caught cold-water fish, like salmon, on a regular basis.
In the beauty industry, the use of oils on the face and body has become more popular, as women are seeing a benefit. Oils such as Argan and marula oil can improve skin’s hydration. Only a few drops daily are needed, in the morning or before bed.
There are several companies that have jumped on this bandwagon so it's important to buy only quality oils from a reputable brand. Oils can become rancid very quickly as noted by an unpleasant odor.
2) Consider daily probiotic use.
The microorganisms are typically found in certain dairy foods, and in fermented foods such as kombucha, sauerkraut and kimchi. Or they can be taken in oral supplement form. Probiotics have been shown in research on mice and humans to have beneficial effects on skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, which can occur during the dry weather days of winter and fall.
3) Consider eliminating or reducing dairy products.
Research has shown that dairy products can increase inflammation, especially in the skin, increasing the chances of acne breakouts.Read more in Your Ultimate Guide to Beautiful Skin