Winter is right around the corner, and we need to warm things up! Hot yoga will heat up our insides, and strength training will get our muscles burning, but what can we do about the largest organ of our body: our skin?
Fall is the perfect time to start heating up our skin—the warm weather moves on, and we spend less time dangerously basking in the sun. Here are some healthy options to try.
Draw yourself a bathEveryone loves the sensation of a warm bath. It never fails to relax the body and bring comfort to the soul. Did you know that baths also have the potential to provide super skin benefits? Consider what you put in your bath. A few scoops of colloidal oatmeal soothes inflammation, redness, itchiness, and windburn (any skiers out there?). Bath soaks containing healthy plant-based oils—like apricot kernel or sesame seed oil—help nourish and restore the skin of necessary moisture. Purifying essential oils not only provide antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, but each can add an individual aspect of aromatherapy for the mind as well. For example, add drops of lavender into your bath for a calming and soothing experience, or utilize Bergamot for something more uplifting.
Use self-heating productsHeating agents in skincare products help to open up the follicles, allowing products to travel more effectively through the layers of the epidermis. You can find self-heating masks, exfoliants, and body products. Even better, visit a spa to receive a thermal body treatment. This incorporates replenishing ingredients, thermal body wraps, and heat lamps to allow these products to give the skin everything it needs to be winter-ready.
Get a skin treatmentFeel the burn by scheduling yourself a chemical peel—it’s less scary than it sounds. Chemical peels use hydroxy acids to deliver varying levels of deeper-than-usual exfoliation, which is why it is expected to feel a bit of sensation on the skin. If you are the proper candidate (consult with your professional skin therapist), chemical peels cover a wide variety of concerns. Because they cause controlled damage to the skin, this treatment forces the epidermis to repair itself. This leads to noticeable improvements in acne, hyperpigmentation, aging, and maintaining overall healthy skin.
It’s time to put on your big scarf, grab your pumpkin spice latte, and consider the next skin healthy thing you’ll try for the winter.