Saturday, October 1

Skin Care Tips for Having Healthy Skin During Autumn and Winter

Each of the four seasons -- Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn -- possess unique charm and innate beauty. By far, the season of Autumn reveals a multidimensional personality, which shifts from warm to cold and vice versa. The colors of Autumn -- fiery red, bright orange, and soft yellow -- brings a sense of warmth before Winter comes and covers every visible surface with pure white snow. Trees in mountainous regions change the color of their leaves faster than those growing in valleys and other low-level areas. However, the ritualistic fall of leaves from tress, shrubs and other plants actually reveals Autumn's chilly demeanor towards all living things.

The Autumn wind often blows hard and fast from the far north, where most of the land is covered in ice. Thus, major couture houses in the world usually release a separate catalog specially created for the Fall season. During this season, all styles of clothing are made of materials that keep out the cold and retain body heat. In addition to sweaters, jackets and coats, people also wear scarves, gloves and caps, but the textile and other materials are thinner and less bulky compared to real winter clothing. Yet, despite wearing warm clothing, sipping a warm beverage, and installing a modern heating system in houses and buildings, many people still encounter some of the chilling effects of Autumn's dropping temperature.

One of these chilling effects wreak havoc on our skin's moisture content. Dry skin is common during Autumn and Winter when all moisture exposed to the cold turns into vapor and disappears into the air. Because of the dropping temperature in the air, whatever particles of moisture within our exhaled breaths have turned to fine mists. Similarly, we also lose part of our skin's moisture content to the chilly atmosphere, which leads to dryness and dullness of the epidermis. As a preventive measure, we should always apply moisturizing lotion on our skin before we have to go outside. An oily or combination skin poses no problem because there are moisturizers that are designed specifically for that skin type.

Alternatively, we may treat our dehydrated skin to a moisturizing body wrap or a hydrating facial that uses intensive skin care products. Add to your list of skin care tips a moisturizing treatment for your nails and cuticles as well as for the skin under your soles and around your ankles. As the most overexposed parts of your body, your face, hands and feet need regular attention and care more than the areas on your back, around your upper body, and on the front and back of your thighs.

In addition to moisturizing one's skin either through a body lotion or through a day spa treatment, we should also avoid dehydration through frequent drinks of water. You can still enjoy hot drinks, although you need to be careful in drinking too much coffee, which is a diuretic that prevents your body from retaining water. In contrast, herbal teas also contain some caffeine, but they lack the powerfully dehydrating qualities of coffee. In fact, they help your body process liquids and filter the waste products through sweating and urinating.

If you're one of those who felt a bit greasy and uneasy from applying moisturizer on your skin, then try exercising! Believe it or not, exercise moisturizes your skin when sweat and epidermal oils are released through the pores. Exercise also rids your body of toxins, which contribute to making your skin look dull. Due to the cooler weather, exercise is even more important during the Autumn and Winter months than during Spring and Summer. With these skin care tips in mind, you should enjoy the flow of changes in between seasons. Always do your best in maintaining a healthy, glowing skin even in the midst of cool breezes and falling leaves.

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