Is it too soon to admit that I am excited for Summer to come to a close? The weather has been wonderful and the beaches have been gorgeous, but something about the crisp, Fall air is just so much more comforting. As Summer finally winds down, you may be realizing that you put your skin through quite the ringer. Perhaps you sat out in the sun one too many times, drank one too many mojitos, or even skipped a few of your nightly face washing rituals. No matter the case, your skin is crying out for help. (If you listen closely, you can hear it.) Revamping your skin for the “Autumn transition” doesn’t require a $300 face treatment nor does it require one of those expensive face creams you see on the infomericals at 11:45 am on a Sunday morning. Is it just me or do those commercials last for about 5-10 minutes? (you know the one.) When getting your skin ready for the cooler weather, these 3 tips are just what your dry damaged skin needs to transition into the Fall season:
Exfoliating your skin sloughs off dead skin cells and stimulates blood flow to the skin (say hello to renewed skin!). When we remove the dead skin cells that have built up on our skin, we prevent our precious pores from becoming clogged. Not only does our complexion become brighter and more even, but small lines and wrinkles become less noticeable. Exfoliation is a great way to repair skin that may have become discolored by the sun. Start by exoliating once or twice per week, depending on your skin’s individual needs. I tend to exfoliate about 3 times per week with my Clairisonic because that’s what I’ve found works best for my acne-prone skin. Be careful to not over-exfoliate as this may do more damage than good.
Depending on your region, the weather may no longer be hot and humid, a factor that your skin certainly notices. Keeping your body hydrated all year long is super important when it comes to maintaining a beautiful complexion. As the weather cools, the humidity drops and our skin looses that beautiful Summer dewiness. With less moisture in the air, our skin may become drier, flakier, and scalier. By hydrating our skin internally, we can keep our complexions plump and radiant. If your skin tends to become especially dry in the cooler months, try switching your moisturizer to a heavier creme. Not only will this lock in moisture, but your skin will appear smoother and more supple. If you tend to prefer a light oil as your moisturizer, try using Argan Oil which absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving no greasy residue.
Although the heat from the sun may not feel as strong as it did before, it is just as damaging. Even though you probably are no longer spending weekends at the beach you should still lather on that SPF. Our skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful rays all year long, not just during the warmer months. Not only does this year-round exposure increase the likelihood of skin cancer, but it can increase the damaging effects of the UV rays on your skin, as well. By using an SPF of 15 or stronger, you can prevent the damaging effects of the sun. Once you get in the habit of using an SPF for more than 1 out of the 4 seasons, its daily application will be a walk through the park!
How are you getting your skin ready for the Fall? Comment below!
Peace, Love, & Coconuts!