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Fall Skin Care Tips



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.

  1. Cleanse. 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.

  2. Moisturize. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Exfoliate. If 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.

  5. Eat healthfully. 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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