Goodbye summer, hello autumn! After months of constant sun exposure, your skin is bound to give in. Although you may not see immediate results, soaking up on sunshine and chlorine can damage your skin and will show in your complexion during the fall and winter months. Too much exposure to the sun’s rays can leave age spots and wrinkles, making you age faster. Although the sun is a good source of Vitamin D, too much of it can cause more harm than good. It diminishes collagen which is responsible for the skin’s firmness, suppleness and protection. That being said, now’s the time to restore and nurture the much needed moisture your dull, damaged and dehydrated skin needs!
So what should be done to protect your skin all season long?
First, beautiful skin always starts with the nutrients you put into your body. Foods rich in fatty acids (such as sardines, salmon, and walnuts) and antioxidants (fruits and nuts) will repair and protect the skin. Another very important rule you should NEVER EVER forget is to apply sunscreen. Sunscreen is the real fountain of youth and should be worn all year round. Rub this on to your face, neck and whole body religiously and you will see results!
Skin has become so dried out and rough in the summer that the skin’s surface is covered in dead cells so exfoliation is a must! Cooler weather means dryness. Always keep skin nourished and smooth by putting on lotion and do not forget your lips too! Invest in a rich, moisturizing lip balm and apply generously every single day. Cold weather means hot showers and baths, but hot water strips the skin of moisture. Take shorter showers instead using warm water (not very hot, it really dries out the skin) and rub some lotion on while the skin is still moist or wet in order to lock in the hydration. Lastly, don’t forget to use anti-aging serum. It rejuvenates skin and prevents sagging skin, making skin plump and firm.
These are only a few tips to maintain healthy skin the second half of the year. Do all this and you will be ready for the holidays!