Your skin needs special attention no matter the season. Making the transition from summer skincare to a new seasonal routine can mean the difference between healthy skin and dry, flaky skin. The summer season presents extreme environmental factors like the harsh sun, dry air and saltwater that take their toll on your skin. This makes fall the perfect time to renew, recover and prepare your skin for the effects of the harsher winter climate Mother Nature will inevitably throw at you. Just follow these tips for healthy skin as the temperature begins to drop:
Fruity shower gels are a popular treat after a day on the beach, but they may dry out your skin during the colder months. When fall arrives, reach for a creamier, non-clogging cleanser that hydrates and protects your skin. To finalize the cleansing process and balance the skin’s pH, use mildly acidic, hydrating toners.
The summer damage from the sun and chlorine may result in cellular build-up on the surface of your skin, leaving it dry and flaky. Start the fall season off with a gentle, full-body exfoliation. Use products like an oil-based scrub that will gently remove old skin cells while helping retain moisture. Don’t forget your feet. If you take care of them now, you’ll have no problem wearing sandals when summer rolls back around. For a deeper exfoliation, consider
Organize & Tailor Your Routinescheduling a peel to revive skin that has been overexposed to the sun.
With so many steps and options, it can be hard to keep track of your last peel or mask. This can lead to skin irritation over time. Setting up a routine that works best with your schedule, while tailoring for the season, can have lasting benefits. Work in richer, more emollient creams to keep the skin looking healthy as you approach the winter. When applied topically, seasonal fresh fruits can slough off dull, photoaged skin as well as stimulate cellular renewal.
Sunscreen Is Still A Must
Don’t set aside the sunscreen. Just because you’re not laying out anymore doesn’t mean the sun’s skin-damaging ultraviolet rays have gone away. Although sun radiation is less intense, you should still continue to protect your skin. Before you leave your house, apply a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 or more. Alternatively, choose a product that combines a sunscreen with a moisturizer.
It may sound simple, but it’s often overlooked. Why expose your skin to the harsh winds and cold weather? Invest in a pair of comfortable gloves to keep your hands dry and warm. Carry lip balm and apply as needed to avoid cracked or chapped lips.
Hydrate your skin from within by drinking at least eight glasses of water a day. Not only will it moisturize, but it will help eliminate toxins. Even though the temperature has dropped, carry a bottle with you whenever you go outside. Additionally, have an extra glass of water for every cup of coffee or glass of alcohol you drink to prevent dehydration.
Eat your way to healthy skin! Foods rich in antioxidants, Vitamins A, C, and E, as well as Omega-3 fatty acids are essential. They can help reverse damaged summer skin and prepare it for the challenges it will face during winter. Fill your shopping cart with fresh seasonal ingredients to boost your immune system and restore your skin’s natural glow.