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5 Fall Skin Care Tips

by kelly / September, 16 2015 01:30

Summer is officially over - I know it's sad.  But don't worry fall is here and that means the return of pumpkin scones at Starbucks (a personal favorite of mine), football, beautiful foliage and some cooler temps.  


The transition from one season to another also brings about some changes in skin care.  Of course some things should always remain consistent year-round (like wearing sunscreen).  Below are five fall skin care tips.


1. Sunscreen is still a MUST

Sunscreen is not just meant for sunny summer days, it should be worn year-round.  UV rays from the sun are a leading cause of skin damage and premature skin aging.  UV levels may be higher in the summer but they are present all year-round.  Find out more about how UV rays effect your skin throughout the year here.

Additionally, it is a myth that on cloudy days you don't need to wear sunblock.  According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): "Sunburn is possible on a cloudy day. Up to 80% of solar UV radiation can penetrate light cloud cover."


2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

The colder weather also brings about drier temperatures.  This change in weather can cause the skin to be drier, flakier and more brittle.  To bring suppleness back to the skin, moisturizing is key.  The fall weather may require you to moisturize more often versus the humid summer months.  


3. Your skin needs a break

Sometimes your skin needs a break especially after a long hot summer.  According to dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban: "when you...give it [skin] a rest from potential irritants [like scrubs or acids], skin can get busy with other duties, like building collagen."

Instead of harsh washes and exfoliants, fall can be a good time to try out some gentler and more natural cleansers and moisturizers.


4. Give skin a complexion boost

Colder weather can make blood circulation more difficult which can effect the complexion of your skin.  Boost your skin's glow with antioxidants that can stimulate blood flow like rosemary (which actually is a main ingredient in our Revitalizing Night Cream), ginseng and peppermint.


5. Review your skin's sun damage

Inevitably after the summer your skin is more likely to show signs of sun damage - most likely through sun spots or more visible signs of skin aging.  Now could be a good time  for a visit to your dermatologist.  Your dermatologist may even prescribe retinoid drugs to helps with more serious damage.  


See it's all really simple changes and easy to transition skin care from the summer to the fall.  And don't let the fun stop in the fall either.  So get out, play in the leaves and get ready for some pumpkins, apple picking and Halloween.  Yeah fall!

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