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Prepare Skin for Cooler Weather

10/09/2013 09:28AM ● Published by Enjoy Magazine

Whether the heat is still going strong or it officially feels like fall, autumn is the perfect time to prepare a new skincare routine, since cooler weather is on the way. Situated between the hottest and coldest seasons of the year, fall is a great time for skincare and beauty transitions.

Summer is one of the most damaging times of year for skin: the combination of seawater, chlorine and sunscreen can really take a toll on the skin, which means it’s essential to repair and prepare skin for the chilly season. 

As fall progresses and creeps into winter, make a few changes and do a few things to care for your skin and promote a healthy glow. 

Gentle Cleansing Now is the time to use a gentle cleanser that won’t strip your skin of vital oils. Harsh cleansers will only add to dry skin, causing it to look older. Select a creamy cleanser if you have dry skin or a gel-type cleanser for oily skin. And stick with warm water, which will help loosen dirt from your pores without damaging your skin. And always remove your makeup before you go to bed each night.

Exfoliate Many people skip exfoliation in their skincare routine, but adding this step can show immediate results in brightening your complexion. At-home facial scrubs and microdermabrasion kits make it easy: these products remove the top layer of dead skin cells that tend to dull your complexion.

Retinoids are also a favored skin booster. They work by removing the top layer of dead skin while encouraging the production of collagen, the skin’s structural fiber. As we age, production of natural collagen decreases, so encouraging it can plump up the skin and help diminish the look of wrinkles and fine lines.

Exfoliating your skin is an important step in any season, but especially as your skin becomes drier.  Using a scrub or mask two or three 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 skincare products the opportunity to be more effective.

Daily Sunscreen Don’t retire your sunscreen. Skin is still susceptible to UV damage during the fall and winter seasons. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day, rain or shine. 

Moisture While you may have been able to get away with an easy-breezy daily routine over the summer, your skin is going to need a bit more protection and moisture when the weather cools, and that tinted moisturizer probably isn’t hydrating enough. Pair a lightweight daytime moisturizer with a richer nighttime formula to keep your skin comfortable when temperatures drop. If your skin is on the oily side, don’t forgo moisturizing products—even oily and acne-prone skin gets drier in the winter. In fact, if your skin doesn’t get the moisture it needs your skin might actually start to overproduce oil to make up for it. 

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 improved skin.  Omega 3s are important for keeping your cell membranes strong and supple, which in turn shows in the reflection of your skin. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water during the day, which 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. 

Seasonal transitions are a great time to make positive changes in your skincare routine, so take this time to decide what your skin needs. When in doubt, ask your dermatologist to recommend a specific product, especially if you have sensitive skin that reacts to environmental changes like cold weather.

Small changes and consistent care can make a big difference in skin appearance. The overall appearance and health of your skin will be your reward. •Bea

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