Skin Health Tips for Fall and Winter
What do you love most about fall? Walking in the crisp air, carving pumpkins, and tasting the first bite of a sweet, juicy apple probably top your list. Dry, cracked skin? Yeah, not so much. But just as the leaves are turning red and drying out, your skin is doing the same. And it only gets worse in the winter.
Challenge #1: Dryness
Colder temperatures outside and parched, heated air inside can really do a number on your epidermis. There’s less moisture in the air now, so you gotta add more to your skin. That’s why fall is a good time to switch to a heavier moisturizer than you use in the summer. And even if the air outside is dry as a desert, the air in your house doesn’t have to be. It can be well worth the ducats to invest in a humidifier. Here’s a guide to the different kinds.
Challenge #2: Irritation
When your skin is drier, it’s more easily irritated, so go easy on the exfoliation. Once or twice a week is plenty. And skip the hot showers. They feel good, but they don’t do your skin any favors. Stick to warm water instead.
Challenge #3: Discoloration
After a long, hot summer, you may notice more freckles or sunspots on your skin. Fall is a good time to visit a dermatologist, just to make sure your skin hasn’t been damaged from sun exposure. And speaking of sun damage, UV rays are stronger in the summer, but they’re present all year long, so you’re not off the hook when it comes to wearing sunscreen in the fall and winter. Choose one with an SPF of 30 and wear it every day, rain or shine.
Why Your Skin Needs Omegas in the Fall and Winter
Healthy fats help you moisturize from within. To get more of them, you can fill your plate with fatty fish (like salmon and tuna), avocadoes, walnuts, and chia seeds. Our favorite way to consume omegas? We thought you’d never ask. It’s our award-winning Udo’s Oil 3•6•9 Blend.
Udo’s Oil 3•6•9 Blend is a plant-based, organic, unrefined mélange of oils from certified organic flax, sesame, sunflower, coconut, evening primrose, rice and oat germ. It provides a trio of polyunsaturated omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids and monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acids.
Essential fatty acids help moisturize your skin by strengthening your cell membranes and improving their ability to retain water. Oils from flax and evening primrose oil are especially skin-friendly. How do we know? Science.
A review paper found that among 12 of 15 studies examined, omega-3s were effective in helping reduce severe skin irritation.* Two studies found that women who took flaxseed oil for 12 weeks saw their skin hydration improve, while reddening, roughness and scaling diminished.*, Multiple studies have also found evening primrose oil useful for dry, itchy skin — both in adults and kids.*,,,
Flax and EPO: Better Together
Sound good? There’s evidence that flax and evening primrose oil work even better when you take them together. That’s because flax provides the omega-3 ALA, while evening primrose oil supplies the omega-6 GLA — and your body needs both omega-3 and omega-6 to function. Two studies have found that the combo of GLA and EPA helps promote a healthy inflammation response.*, That’s good news for skin!
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Now you can feel as comfortable in your skin as you do in your fall sweaters.
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 Neurkam K, et al. Supplementation of flaxseed oil diminishes skin sensitivity and improves skin barrier function and condition. Skin Pharamcol Physiol. 2011;24(2):67-74. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21088453/
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 Barham JB, et al. Addition of eicosatetraenoic acid to gamma-linolenic acid-supplemented diets prevents serum arachidonic acid accumulations in humans. J Nutr. 2000 Aug;130(8):1925-31. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10917903/