Monday, October 8, 2012

Autumn Skin Care

The weekend is over and Monday has arrived once again. The Makeup Examiner would boo-hoo along with readers about Mondaze, but with eight columns to write for alone, the only distinction between Monday and the six other days of the week is Manic Makeup Monday, which is a complete blast for me to write and hopefully, informative for Makeup Examiner readers. So without further ado, Happy Monday my lovelies and let’s get to this Monday’s question!

Today’s Makeup Monday question comes from TME reader Bianca S. of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, USA. Bianca ask: “It’s like the minute the temperature drops, my face, hands and lips get so dry and chapped. I need to winterize my skin like my car. Help!”

The Makeup Examiner completely understands this one. Pennsylvania is located in the Northeast section of the United States. And whereas summer tends to be humid with moisture filled air, autumn tends to bring dry, cool air that turns into dry, cold chap all exposed and unprotected skin, air.

Barring cracked and bleeding skin, which probably necessitates a visit to the doctor, skin care for the cooler months is fairly simple, but you need to be diligent. The first line of defense is to bundle up. The best way to avoid dry, cracked skin is to put a barrier between the air and your skin. Wearing gloves will keep your hands warm and help prevent dry, cracked skin, which is super common in the colder months. Don’t forget to cover the sensitive skin on your ears and neck with a hat and a scarf.

From the second autumn hits, The Makeup Examiner hits the lip balm. In The Makeup Examiner’s beauty arsenal is Blistex Deep Renewal lip balm. Don’t let the “anti-aging” put you off to this product. Several years ago, I discovered this product quite by accident while visiting my mother and now it is part of my skin care routine. The awesome, non-greasy formula makes this particular product a great bedtime treatment and with SPF 15 it protects your lips throughout the day.

For hand care moisturizing is crucial, with frequent hand washing to keep germs at bay, our hands get an extra beating during the cooler months. Throughout the day, a fast-absorbing lotion like L'Occitane Shea Butter Extra-Gentle Lotion for Hands is a good choice and for a great bedtime treatment, L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream seems to really restore moisture.

Keeping the moisture level up in your skin is important all year-round, but it’s an absolute necessity when the dry, cold air of autumn arrives. As for a specific body or facial product, the Makeup Examiner has tried various prestige and mass products…I now mix my own body moisturizer and I’m still searching for a decent facial moisturizer that isn’t greasy. But readers, it’s important that you opt for moisturizer that protects your skin from the dry air and you still need to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, so no less than SPF 15.

Don’t forget to nourish your skin from the inside. This can be accomplished by drinking lots of water, eating green leafy veggies and fruits that are high in antioxidants. Essential fatty acids also provide your skin with a lot of the raw materials that it needs to stay healthy and repair damage, so you can opt to add flax or hemp seed oil to your diet. 

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