If you abused your skin all summer (and even if you
didnít), fall is a great time to let your skin heal from summer and
prepare it for the coming winter. Whether you have oily, dry, or
combination skin, there are a few simple things you can do now to
take care of it.
Choose a mild non-soap cleanser; oil-free if you have oily skin,
creamy if you have dry skin. You may also want to switch to a
more moisturizing body wash. Avoid really foamy washes, which
tend to contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate,
both of which can be drying and irritating to your skin.
Switch to a balancing or creamy moisturizer for cool, windy
fall. Skin generally needs more hydration during this time,
especially if you have dry or sun-damaged skin from the summer.
If your skin is always dry, try a hydrating mask every week, or
as necessary. Avoid harsh alcohol-based toners Ė not only in the
fall, but all year round.
Donít Ditch the
Sunscreen. There may be less sunlight in the fall,
but that doesnít mean that you should put your sunscreen away
until spring. Use at least an SPF 15 to foil those remaining UV
rays. Your face and hands need daily protection. A moisturizing
lip balm with SPF 15 can also ward off dry, cracking lips.
youíve really fried your skin this summer, you may want to
consider a chemical peel to undo sun damage and premature aging.
Exfoliation is good for healthy skin as well. Inexpensive scrubs
are a great way to clean out pores, discourage blemishes, and
remove dead skin. Aim for 2-3 times a week, but donít overdo,
especially if you have sensitive skin. If youíre eco-conscious,
choose a scrub with natural exfoliating ingredients such as
walnut shell or apricot kernel. Plastic microbeads get into the
ocean and harm the fish that accidentally eat them.
You are what you eat! Fall brings with it many nutritious
superfoods, from fresh apples to squashes and root vegetables.
Eat a colorful mix of fresh, seasonal produce to keep your skin
glowing. (Youíll also increase your odds of staving off a cold.)
Donít forget to drink plenty of water throughout the season as
well. Your skin needs water to stay hydrated.
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