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As we get deeper into the crisp fall season you may be noticing that as the air gets chillier and drier you skin care needs are changing. Your skin isn’t holding moisture the same way it did during the summer months resulting in skin that is parched, tight, and slightly uncomfortable.
As fall moves forward and the leaves begin to turn beautiful shades of red and yellow you may need to make a few changes to your skin care routine and do a few extra things to care for your skin and to promote a healthy glow.
1. Gentle Cleansing
Now is a good time to switch to a gentle cleanser that won’t strip your skin of its vital oil barrier. Harsh cleansers will only add to your frustration of producing overly dry skin and make your skin look older. You will also want to avoid hot water when washing your face, instead stick with tepid or lukewarm water. I know as the mornings and evenings get chillier, hot water can feel oh so good. But just remember that hot water strips the skin so do your best to cleanse with slightly cooler water, your skin will thank you.
Exfoliating your skin is an important step for each season, but especially as your skin becomes drier. Using a scrub, peel, or mask 2-3 times a week will slough away dead skin while polishing the surface of your skin. This process also increases cellular turnover and allows your other skin care products to penetrate more easily giving them the opportunity to be more effective.
3. Daily Sunscreen
Yes, you still need to use sunscreen! Continue to wear a sunscreen with at least an SPF 30 every day, rain or shine. As the seasons change you are still at risk from the damaging sun’s UV rays so protecting it is a vital step when trying to acquire healthier skin.
As the months get colder your skin will need more moisture than it did in previous seasons. Switch to a richer moisturizer and continue to evaluate your skin’s needs to see if you need more moisture throughout the day. If your skin remains dry then you may want to apply a thin layer of a nourishing oil such as argan oil under your moisturizer which will help retain moisture and promotes a dewy, supple complexion.
5. Drink Plenty of the Clear Stuff
Drinking plenty of water during the day will assist in maintaining plump cells and will keep dehydration at bay. If your cells become dehydrated it will show in your skin as your lines and wrinkles become more pronounced. Just think about a round, plump, and juicy grape full of moisture, now imagine that luscious grape being sucked dry and becoming dehydrated; you don’t want your cells looking like raisins!
6. Omega 3s
Adding an omega 3 supplement to your diet encourages healthier cell functions. Not only has this essential fatty acid proven to be extremely beneficial for your health it has also been shown to promote healthier looking skin. Omega 3s are important for keeping your cell membranes strong and supple which in turn shows in the reflection of your skin.
7. Specialized Treatments
Specialized beauty tools such as red light therapy devices or microcurrent devices can drastically ramp up your skin care routine anytime of the year, but making sure to treat your skin in fall and winter will help it look brighter, smoother, younger, and healthier. These systems are incredibly easy to use and can make a huge difference in the appearance of your skin!
Eating a healthy diet, closely observing your skin’s needs, and using the top skin care products and tools will encourage beautifully glowing skin through all of the seasons. By simply making a few changes you can maintain your beautiful complexion.