In nature, autumn is the season of change, preservation, balance, and letting go. Honoring these shifts and changes within ourselves means taking a little extra time for comfort and self-care.
Autumn often brings cooler temperatures and dryer weather which means less hydration and moisture in your skin, leading to dryness, dullness, flaking, and irritation. Implementing these specific self-care practices can help your skin stay hydrated, supple, and glowing.
Three Self-Care Practices for Your Best Autumn Skin:
1) Drink Warm Lemon Water. Hydration is always important, but when the air usually becomes dryer in autumn, hydration becomes your number one self-care practice to protect your skin. Before you ingest ANYTHING, warm lemon (or lime) water, first thing in the morning, will help flush your kidneys and nourish your tissues. Happy kidneys mean happy skin!
2) Dry Brush, Dry Brush & Dry Brush (Seriously, it will change how you feel!) This is an AMAZING self-care practice to stimulate your lymphatic flow and gently exfoliate your skin. Dry brushes can now be found in almost any health food store and online. It is essential to understand how to dry brush your skin, so read THIS POST before starting.
3) Warm Oil Self-Massage and Steam/Bath. These practices comes from Ayurveda and are super helpful for balancing the dry qualities of autumn and detoxing the tissues. In addition to these treatments, there are also important changes to make in your daily skincare routine. Read how to help your skin stay hydrated, nourished and vibrant throughout the fall months in the Autumn Zia Skincare Guide post.
I encourage you to set aside at least one day a week, commit to it (!) and give yourself the gift of these practices...your skin and whole self will thank you!