Our skin needs an autumn beauty plan? Who knew? But if you think about it, revamping your skin care regimen around this time of year makes perfect sense. Colder temps and less humidity can easily freak-out your complexion if you’re not prepared.
When it comes to your skin, the worst thing to do is to wait for something bad to happen (flakiness, redness, irritation) and then try to correct it. The easiest (and best) thing to do is to take small steps daily to protect and preserve the health of your skin. That’s why we’ve put together a simple 6-step beauty plan that can help you avoid the skin disasters that often go hand-in-hand with a change in season. Here they are:
Exfoliate and Glow
To get that autumn glow, sloughing off dead skin cells is a major do. Cold, dry air causes the top layer of skin to tighten and dry up. When that happens, your moisturizers have a harder time getting through and doing their job. Dirt and oil can also get trapped under the surface, leaving your skin looking drab. Exfoliation is the key to eliminating cellular buildup so you can glow on.
Load Up on Hydration
Fall is prime time to swap your lightweight moisturizer for a heavier, nutrient-dense cream. Look for ingredients like ceramides, linoleic acid, glycerin and collagen, which are superior moisture magnets. Collagen is a nutrient that’s necessary for maintaining the strength and structure of skin cells, and essentially giving it a glowing, youthful, vibrant appearance. However, our collagen supply degrades as we get older, so replenishing it topically may help improve skin’s hydration and luster. Bonus: apply your cream while skin is still damp. Moist skin is 10 times more permeable than dry, so following this trick will help your products work better.
Get a Boost From Botanical Oils
High-quality natural oils can amp up your beauty outlook with their restorative qualities. Simply add a few drops of oil to the products that you already use, or look for products that already contain a combination of oils. Not sure where to start? Here are four skin boosters to consider:
Thanks to tannins and flavonoids, Mimosa oil (Mimosa Tenuiflora) has lots of healing power. It also boasts some anti-aging benefits, by helping to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and promote cell turnover for a fresher appearance.
Geranium essential oil blasts dead skin cells, while promoting cell renewal — a win-win for brighter skin.
Rosa Damascena (rose essential oil) contains anti-inflammatory compounds to help calm skin tissue and antioxidants to help revitalize it.
When your skin feels particularly itchy or irritated, roman chamomile oil is a go-to soother. Mix 3 to 4 drops with coconut oil for an ultra-hydrating and radiance-reviving skin solution.
Stay on the Anti-Aging Track With Sunscreen
Colder temps and cloudy days are no reason to stop smoothing on the SPF. UV exposure is the number one cause of skin aging — and it’s completely preventable. If you have a track record of applying topical sunscreen before you’re out the door, good for you! For a big anti-aging payoff, make sure to continue with your sun-smart lifestyle through fall and winter. But if your sun protection skills have been a little lacking, start shielding your skin now, with SPF 30 at a minimum.
Quench Skin From the Inside Out
You’re probably over the whole “drink more water” advice. But, as one of the top tips for healthy, glowing skin, it’s worth re-emphasizing. Follow the 8×8 rule every day (8 8-ounce glasses), which equals about two liters of water. As a bonus, this healthy habit will help keep your body processes, including detoxification and digestion, running smoothly. Adding more water-rich fruits and vegetables to your plate can also contribute a good amount of hydration to your body. If you want to eat your way to hydrated skin, make colorful produce, like grapefruit, cucumber, celery, bell peppers and lettuce, a regular part of your diet.
Would you rather spend just minutes a day caring for your skin, or devote weeks, if not months, trying to rewind the clock and undo the damage? Clearly, being proactive, as opposed to reactive, about your skin health is always the better choice. Consistency in your lifestyle and beauty regimen today will pay off in the appearance of your skin now and in years to come. Once you’ve found products you love, follow the directions and be diligent about using them. Take small skin care steps daily and the beautiful rewards will be well worth the effort.
Celebrate the Season, Celebrate Your Skin
When temps are dropping, take that as a sign to check in with your skin. Autumn ushers in so many wonderful things (hello pumpkin spice latte!) but it also brings dry air that can shake up your skin’s appearance. This fall, if you want to prevent your face from freaking out, follow these six tips to make sure your skin gets exactly what it needs to stay healthy and hydrated.