National Healthy Skin Month

national healthy skin month

Welcome to November! National Healthy Skin Month.

In central Texas, November finally starts to cool things off. We really don’t have much of a “winter” so we really enjoy it when the temps start to cool down at night and during the day. Talk about a breath of fresh air!

During the year I write about ideas to help maintain and/or improve your skin. But now that drier cooler weather begins to set in, we need to take a look at some healthy tips not only for your skin but also for your overall health.

With cooler weather comes more “comfort” foods such as mashed potatoes, mac ‘n cheese, fried chicken, cream gravy, pastas, and so on.

Comfort foods, while delicious and satisfying, can also be responsible for weight gain if you’re not watching how much you’re eating. It’s easy to go for seconds because it’s so tasty and you “feel” like you need just a little more.

Stay more with foods that have a high water content such as celery, broccoli, green bell peppers, tomatoes, carrots, cauliflower. While these are used in cooking or as sides,  they’re also perfect for snacking.

Think about what you’re putting into your body; whatever goes inside is inevitably going to show up outside, meaning how your skin looks. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy good food and drinks. What it does mean, is moderation. This is doable and satisfying at the same time.

Just like making good healthy choices with your food, you need to continue making healthy choices for your skin care. Here are some things you should continue doing as the weather moves to cooler/colder temperatures:

  • Cleanse twice a day using warm (not hot) water. Use the appropriate cleanser for your skin type.
  • Exfoliate once a week, try OsmosisPolish cranberry enzyme.
  • Moisturize, even if you’re oily you can be dehydrated meaning there is not enough moisture retention in the skin.
  • Apply a sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF, the sun is out 365 days a year and even if it’s overcast you still have UVA rays penetrating cloud cover.
  • Have a facial treatment especially as the seasons change.

If you’re using serums, always apply before moisturizing and use your sunscreen as the last product application.

For men who shave every day, Osmosis has a product called Immerse. This not only moisturizes as you shave, but it gives a nice glide and won’t irritate dry chafed skin. It actually promotes healing and repairs the skin’s barrier. Most over-the-counter shaving creams contain drying alcohols that burn and irritate the skin.  Immerse can also be added to Quench or Quench Plus for those individuals with extra dry skin.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to keep yourself hydrated by drinking water throughout the day. If you’re not a fan of water, use something to flavor it like cucumber, mint, lemon, lime, orange wedges; combining some of these is tasty and healthy at the same time. Flushing toxins out of your body will keep your skin healthy and glowing.

Follow these simple guidelines to continue achieving beautiful skin and a healthy body throughout the fall and winter months.

AUTHOR: Linda Jenkins

Linda earned her skin care license in Austin in 1999 and immediately began working in Austin at a high-end day spa. In 2000, The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, North Carolina, presented her an impassable opportunity. Her decision to relocate was to gain further experience and share her passion at this renowned historical resort nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She had tenure of 12 years with The Grove Park Spa family, four of which she was the Lead Esthetician.