Fall is definitely here, and your skin may already be suffering the after-effects of seasonal allergies. If not, then maybe you have cold-weather dryness waiting around the corner. The good news, though, is that seasonal skin irritation is not inevitable; it’s preventable (and treatable) as long as you have the right skincare products and practices lined up. Here’s what you need:
A lot of skin irritation and sensitivity is caused or exacerbated by systemic dehydration. If you have seasonal allergies and take prescription or OTC allergy relief medications, your skin is probably parched because antihistamines are dehydrating.
To improve your skin’s health and appearance, you need to restore your body’s overall hydration—i.e., drink plenty of water and eats fresh fruits and vegetables (especially those with high water contents like celery, cucumbers, spinach and lettuces).
Depending on your age and other nutritional needs, you may also consider a dietary supplement that can boost hydration retention. Hyaluronic acid, for instance, is available in capsules and tablets. Your healthcare provider may also recommend supplementing minerals essential to electrolyte function and balance, like magnesium and zinc. (Please note: it is important to consult your physician before supplementing electrolytes. Electrolyte imbalances can present serious health risks.)
No amount of water you drink can prevent water from evaporating at your skin’s surface, and evaporation rates increase with the warm, dry air from your furnace.
To ensure your skin stays hydrated, you need to replenish moisture and create a barrier against surface-level water loss. If you haven’t already, you may need to switch your summer lotion with a thicker moisturizing cream, like our Dermist M3HA, for the fall and winter.
With the arrival of fall may come signs of sun damage—hyperpigmentation, deeper lines and wrinkles. While these are not irritating because they do not itch, flake or tingle, they irritate because they are unwelcome signs of aging. You can help repair and strengthen your skin by giving it the nutrition it needs to repair and produce more collagen and elastin.
Antioxidants, including vitamins A, C and E, are essential skin repair ingredients. Hale Cosmeceuticals has a variety of formulas—serums, lotions and creams—to deliver potent does of these skin health-boosting compounds.
To find the skincare products that can best help you relieve and prevent cold-weather skin irritations, take our personal skincare assessment and contact us for more information and free product samples.