Cold, wind and stress are just some culprits that lead to skin sensitivity in the fall and winter seasons. And the constant movement between heated indoors to the freezing streets doesn't make dryness and skin tightening any better.
But just because the temperatures are colder doesn't mean your skin should suffer. We reached out to Rochelle Jacobs, owner and co-creator of Naturally Serious, and Dr. Christopher Calapai, an Osteopathic Physician board-certified in family medicine to offer the best ways (and foods) to help our skin survive the frigid temperatures—especially if you're pregnant.
"Pregnant skin can be more sensitive to seasonal changes," says Jacobs. "As we head into cooler weather, it is important to ensure that you are following a full skin care regiment that focuses and promotes hydration. It is always recommended that you have your healthcare provider review all products your using throughout your pregnancy."
Jacobs also recommends moisturizing your entire body—not just your face. "It's especially important to keep your entire body moisturized, otherwise your tummy can get super itchy which is no fun," she says. "It's always great to add a few drops of your go to essential oils for extra moisture."
Here's what you can do to help your skin as we transition into fall:
1. Use cream cleansers.
Cleanser is an extremely important component of a fall skin care routine. "Cream cleansers are ideal for drying months as they bring additional moisture to the skin while also exfoliating," says Jacobs.
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2. Exfoliate often.
After a summer full of using sunscreen and extra perspiration, you need to ensure you remove the layers of buildup and dead skin. "Certain skin types can be prone to increased sensitivity in summertime from heat, chlorine, and sun, exfoliation should be minimal," says Jacobs. "But in the fall season, exfoliation is imperative when it comes to repairing and brightening the complexion."
3. Apply heavier creams.
"A lightweight moisturizer will be enough for most skin types in the summer, but when the weather begins to cool, it's important to incorporate a daily cream that builds your skin's moisture barrier," says Jacobs.
Dr. Christopher Calapai explains what foods can help your skin glow and remain healthy for the fall:
1. Avocado contains fats which help to lubricate the skin and protect it from damage, and also promote clear, youthful skin. Avocados also contain anti-aging properties.
2. Oatmeal contains a large number of antioxidants, along with vitamins and minerals that improve skin health. The fibers in oatmeal also help slough away dead skin and prevent redness when applied topically.
3. Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A, which helps to lock in moisture, give your skin a healthy glow and protect it from split ends and dryness.
4. Carrots contain the carotenoids beta carotene and lycopene, both of which help shield your skin against UV damage.
5. Grapefruit contains carotenoid, which will make your skin smooth. When buying grapefruit, opt for one with a red-pinkish hue because these colors are from lycopene and it means the fruits are loaded with carotenoids.
6. Broccoli contains vitamin C, which synthesizes collagen, a protein that keeps the skin firm helping to protect from wrinkles.
7. Spinach and dark, leafy greens like kale are filled with iron, omega-4 fatty acids and vitamins A, B and E, which protect skin and improve your immune system. The phytochemicals and folates also help hydrate skin and keep it healthy.