By Sheila Arkee
The rainy season hit us a month early in Southern California, which means one big thing — my skin will be impossible to deal with for the next few months. Guaranteed!
I don’t know about you, but for some reason, my skin takes the change in weather to flake up, become dry in strange patches, and generally drive me insane. However, I do have some tricks up my sleeves that help me manage the dryness and save face, literally!
Dry Skin Trick #1: You are what you eat
Yep, it’s true. When my skin is showing signs of dryness and dehydration, generally it’s a sign I need to up my daily intake of good fats that nourish the body. Some sources of good fats include =
- Avocado. Just say YES to guacamole!
- Flax seed. I buy ground flax seed and sprinkle it into yogurt. You can also make these easy and delicious muffins.
- Fish oil, in capsule form. I use the Kirkland brand from Costco, have never had any problems with them.
Dry Skin Trick #2: Get natural with it
Here’s my secret – I don’t use store-bought moisturizers when I need intensive moisturization. Sometimes I’ll use Aquaphor, but when I really need to get down to business I rely on some good oils: olive, jojoba, sweet almond oil, coconut, or argan.
Right now I’m using virgin coconut oil to soothe my skin – and split ends as well! If you have never tried coconut oil, it’s amazing as an all-around moisturizer.
Although it is solid in the jar, it liquifies very quickly, so scoop out a little in your hand, let your body head warm it up, and apply as a regular moisturizer. It also works great as a hair mask – just put some in your hair for an hour, let it get to work, and wash out for super soft hair. I buy the 365 Organic brand of Virgin Coconut Oil from Whole Foods and it’s $6.99 entirely well spent.
Also, once a week use honey as a mask. You’d be surprised by how effective a five minute honey mask can feel.
Dry Skin Trick #3: Lay of the scrubs!
Yes, I am guilty of overexfoliating. Can’t help it!
Exfoliating IS good to remove flaky skin, but like with many other things in life, an excess will lead to irritation and even flakier skin. Ease up on your exfoliating schedule and watch your skin flourish!
Dry Skin Trick #4: Ease off the foundation
Generally, the less foundation the better. I will definitely wear foundation before big events, but I’ll make sure that my face has been prepped with something moisturizing – in my case a thin layer of jojoba, argan, or sweet almond oil, and then my SPF on top. Sounds a bit much, but it helps keep my face from cracking!
How about you? Does your skin tend to change with the weather?