I’m Ready For Fall. Are You? Fall Health Essentials I Love
Even though fall happens every year, I find that it’s something you need to prepare for. It’s like the summer lets you get lazy but the fall is a time when you need to get back into being responsible because the winter will soon follow (it took everything in me to avoid saying “winter is coming”).
Once the Halloween decorations come down, it’s time to prepare to take good care of myself once the air gets colder and dryer and the wind picks up. Aside from starting to take some of my workouts indoors, there are a few things that I need to change, such as what I’m eating and the way I take care of my body.
After all, a change in the air doesn’t just mean warmer clothes. It means that my skin – the body’s primary barrier against the outside world – will be much more dry. So I always take the opportunity to change up my skin care routine in the fall, to prepare myself for colder weather. This year, I’ve made three purchases in the self care category. They include the following:
• Moisturizer – When the air is colder and dryer, it’s harder for my skin to keep up its moisture barrier. That means that the summer’s light lotions just aren’t enough anymore and I need to press a heavier cream into my skin to stop my skin from becoming a dried up, dusty, itchy mess. I also add a serum with hyaluronic acid in it to my face, on top of a high quality heavier moisturizer, a product with shea butter and coconut oil for my body, and a great all natural lip balm to stop my lips from peeling. I also reduce the amount that I exfoliate, to give my poor, tortured skin a bit of a break. Usually, I do that around once per week instead of twice per week, starting in the fall.
• Dry brush – Dry brushing is something I started over the last few fall/winters and it has made a wonderful difference. You can get them at a lot of health food stores as well as many online retailers. The best time to do it is before you shower, but there are also a lot of benefits right before bed. In the winter, I often shower before bed, so that kills two birds with one stone. Start off with a softer dry brush until your skin gets accustomed to it. Then, you can work your way toward a stiffer brush. Don’t just buy any brush you find at the dollar store. I splurge on a high quality natural bristle dry brushing kit once per year. That gives me everything I need for a great sanitary way to take care of my skin and encourage a stronger immune system while I’m at it.
• Humidifier – I never used to use a humidifier, but now I don’t know how I lived without one. Since I don’t have a whole home humidifier, I got one for my bedroom. I use a cold water humidifier, since the hot water ones are meant for use when you have a cold and for a short time. Long term use of hot water humidifiers can lead to mold problems. I prefer the type with a washable/reusable filter so I’m not spending a fortune on replacements. I also bought a hygrometer to go with it so I know when I should and should not be running the appliance.