Just a couple more days until it is officially Fall! Although most of us have already considered the entire month of September to be fall, truth is... it's still summer & it's time to kick start our official fall skin care regimen. As you know, days will be cooler, nights will be colder, and the air will be drier. Adjusting your skin care routine with the seasons is crucial in order to maintain beautiful, clear, and glowing skin. After all, that's what we all want, right?
1. Drink Water!
The number one source of hydration is water. It works from the inside out and helps to flush out the very toxins that would prevent clear skin. Water adds elasticity to your skin, keeping it soft, smooth, and supple. For a complete list of beauty benefits of drinking water, click here.
2. Oil Based-Exfoliation!
Exfoliating helps to remove built up dead skin cells, helping to unblock clogged pores and allows the skin to breathe. While majorly beneficial for your skin, it can also be very drying. Try using an oil-based exfoliant. This will help moisturize the skin in the process, it's a win/win!
3. Eat Lots of Fruit!
This one may come as a little bit of a surprise to you, but there are so many fruits that are rich in antioxidants and Vitamin A, C, and E... all of which are phenomenal aids in beautifying our skin and restoring its natural glow. Fruit also help to boost the immune system, so while you are eating for good skin you're also fighting off colds in the process. Sounds like another win to me.
4. Get a Humidifier!
Another somewhat quirky but useful tip, putting moisture back into the air. A humidifier can help your skin remain supple instead of cracked and dry. You can buy a humidifier at your local drugstore or superstore.
5. Ditch The Soap!
A common misconception is that all body washes and/or "soap" bars are actually made with soap. Surprise, surprise, they aren't. The soap ingredient is actually very drying and stripping for our skin. Look for "Soap-Free" and "Sulfate-Free" body cleansers in order to restore and maintain moisture even after a nice clean shower... follow up with ...
6. Use a Cream, Not Lotion!
Creams provide a stronger oil barrier, meaning they both reduce water loss from the outer layer of the skin and provide hydration at the same time. Try sealing in the cream with virgin coconut oil by first applying the cream and then applying a light amount of the coconut oil over it and rub it in. You may even skip the cream altogether and just the coconut oil.
7. Protect Your Lips!
Using a non-petroleum based lip balm (not lip gloss) regularly will aid in keeping lips soft and moisturized. Avoid licking your lips, with the dry air this will only help to speed up the dry and chapping process. Keep your lip balm with you every where you go and apply as needed. Be sure to lightly exfoliate your lips each morning before applying your balm.
8. Pamper Your Skin!
Whether at home or at the Spa, treat yourself to a nice facial mask once per week! Slice up some cucumbers and place them over your eyes to hydrate them, keep them looking younger, and help with those dark circles. After removing your facial mask you can take some carrot peels and place them all over your face while lying down to let your skin absorb all of the wonderful beta-carotene. Not only is all of this fun, it works wonders for your skin!
9. Use a Toner!
Colder weather, drier air, drier skin. A hydrating toner will finalize the cleansing process and balance the skin’s pH. Having a balanced pH level helps reduce proneness to dry or oily skin, irritation, and/or breakouts. Try this awesome DIY toner, click here.
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