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Three Essential Skin Tips for Transitioning into Fall

Summertime is a time for outdoor activities, barbeques, and plenty of time in the sun.  Sun exposure - even if we wear a good, physical SPF - can cause the turnover of our skin to slow down, making our skin dull and lifeless.  If you have oily skin, this can lead to breakouts and congestion.  If you have dry skin, your skin might look dull and lifeless.  Additionally, the sun brings out brown/age/liver spot which contributes to making our skin look tired and in need of it’s own vacation.  

So, how do we combat the summer slowdown of our skin and prepare for the cold winter?  There are three key components to beautiful, youthful and glowing skin:

  1. Exfoliation.  The sun and exposure to the elements in the summer causes the turnover of your skin to slow down, causing a host of problems from congestion, breakouts, dullness and dryness.  No matter your skin type or age, you need extra exfoliation when transitioning into fall.  An enzymatic, anti-inflammatory exfoliant is best, such as Bromelain.  If you choose to use a pad, peel, scrub, or device, be very careful to not overdo it, as this can lead to additional skin problems.  
  2. Hydration.  Regardless of your skin type, summer heat, indoor air conditioning, and UV exposure cause our skin to be significantly dehydrated.  Once your skin has been properly exfoliated,it is important to give it deep hydration.  Hydration without greasy textures is completely achievable today with advanced peptides and ingredients. Look for products with ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera, and Arnica Montana.  And, if your skin is extremely dry, you can use your hydrating night cream as an overnight masque. After you exfoliate, apply a thick layer of cream and let it soak in as you sleep - and wake up to hydrated, glowing skin.
  3. Protection. Many assume that when their vacation ends, they can ditch the sunscreen until next summer.  But, your skin still needs protection in all four seasons.  When transitioning into fall, look for a hydrating sunscreen that is lightweight.  Also, choose sunscreens that contain Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide, and avoid those that contain other chemical (you will see these other chemicals listed on the “active ingredients” on the back of the box.  If you have oily skin, look for a powered sunscreen containing Zinc Oxide.  

These three tips will help you spring into fall with glowing, youthful skin.

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