As summer is a distant memory and we have settled into Fall, our skin also needs to acclimate to this transition. Out with the old, as we prepare the skin for anew and the excitement that this season brings. Changing up your skin care regimen can support Fall skin that may be feeling damaged, dry and in need of repair.
Let me share with you a few of my favorite tips for:
- getting rid of sunscreen and other build up that may be clogging your pores,
- treating skin that may have suffered from some inevitable sun damage, and
- correcting the dull and dehydrated appearance of your skin, so it will be glowing once again.
Here are my 5 steps to achieving beautiful Fall skin:
Cleanser: It is important to incorporate a purifying cleanser that can exfoliate the dead skin and stimulate collagen production. I love Quantum Hydrox’s Gentle Foaming Cleanser this time of year. It contains Glycolic & Salicylic Acid which are awesome exfoliators and Bio Marine Peptides that help to stimulate collagen, promote cellular turn over and plump up the skin.
Exercise & H20: Nothing beats getting a great work-out and sweating to expel toxins from your body. Think about how great your skin always looks post a workout. If you really got your workout on and broke a huge sweat it is a good idea to do a cleanse right after, especially if you are prone to oily and acneic skin. I can’t mention exercise without mentioning the huge benefits of getting enough water daily.
I follow and feel perfectly hydrated when I drink 1/2 of my body weight in ounces of water daily. Since our skin is prone to getting more dried out in the fall it is imperative to properly hydrate so your skin can reap the benefits.
Healthy Diet: I cannot stress enough the importance that diet plays on our skin. It can really promote beautiful skin that is glowing literally from the inside out, or it can lead to dull, grey looking skin that looks like it needs some TLC. Eat as many fruits and veggies as possible.
Nothing can replace the benefits of real food and all of the nutritional value that they bring to our wholeness and well being. They really are our first defense against aging and what our bodies need to look vibrant. Grab seasonal fruits and vegetables and eat according to the season. Shop at your local framer’s market for the best options and prices.
Exfoliate: I would also consider a peel to fall proof your skin. I like both fruit acids and enzymatic peels. I absolutely recommend the Be Beautiful Now 30% AHA Pumpkin, Chemical Peel treatment. The aroma of pumpkin always gets me excited during this season. A good exfoliation treatment really unclogs the pores and prepares the skin to receive the benefits of an active moisturizer by allowing it to really penetrate deep into the skin. Just as important it is to exfoliate, it is equally important to not over exfoliate because that can add to more dryness, sensitivity and depletion of you skin’s natural moisture barrier.
An active exfoliation treatment like the BBN 30% AHA Pumpkin, Chemical Peel is great every 14+ days depending on your age, skin type and condition. An over the counter gentle exfoliator should be used no more than 2-3x’s a week, again depending on your age, skin type and condition. Basically the drier, thinner and more irritable your skin is prone to being the less you want to topically irritate it with over exfoliation, less is best.
Moisturize: Skin needs more TLC during the fall because the transition from warmer to colder weather can be extremely drying. Dry skin is fragile, therefore, it requires you to do more to protect your lipid layer. Remember to moisturize in the a.m. with a moisturizer that contains SPF. Just because the temperature has dropped it doesn’t mean that the sun is not present.
You need SPF 365 days of the year. Also, summer sun and pollution can cause stress to the skin so fall is the perfect time to repair any damage with an intensive moisturizer. Ceramides, Hyaluronic Acid and antioxidants are the active ingredients you want to be incorporating into your daily regimen via your moisturizers and serums. They help to deliver and retain moisture and hydration to the skin while supporting youthful skin structure and function.
This time of year a lot of heaters are working overtime and that can also lead to more dehydration, so pull out a humidifier for extra skin support.
Enjoy and cheers to Healthy, Happy, Beautiful Fall skin!