1. STAY HYDRATED
Many of us have no problem downing our recommended requirement of water during hot summer days, but when autumn temperatures cool down, we tend to fall behind. This robs your skin of natural moisture, causing those fine lines and flakes to appear more frequently. Consuming enough water to keep your entire body functioning optimally is critical. The skinny: Don’t skimp on the H2O. To find your optimal intake in ounces, divide your weight in pounds by half.
2. KEEP IT MOVING
It’s no surprise that we tend to be more active in the summer, with its longer days and multitude of outdoor activities. All that exercise revs up your heart rate and produces perspiration - both of which benefit your skin. Increased blood flow means an increased capacity to rid cells of toxins (like damaging free radicals), as well as amping up energizing oxygen levels. Perspiration opens up the pores to help purify as well. Regular exercise also helps balance hormones, which keeps your complexion clearer. The skinny: There’s a good reason that post-workout glow looks great on you.
3. STEP UP THE MOISTURIZER
Autumn air is drier - which means your skin is drier, for two reasons: 1) your cells have to adjust to produce more oils, since they’ve been on summer break, and 2) your skin simply loses more of its natural moisture. When skin feels tight after cleansing, try adding extra levels of hydration to your routine to compensate. A second layer of your everyday moisturizer applied a few minutes after the first is a simple solution for daytime, while adding a fortified, nourishing night cream will leave your skin supple come morning. For an extra hydration boost anytime, try spritzing with a soothing facial mist to periodically quench parched skin. The skinny: With the right hydration combination, crisp fall air doesn’t have to mean crisp, dry skin.
4. SCRUB AWAY THE DAY
‘Tis the season to be sallow - so start sloughing off those dulling dead cells ASAP. Be diligent, but be delicate. Find a scrub that’s formulated especially for faces, with ultra fine particles or gentle chemical exfoliants like glycolic or salicylic acids. And definitely don’t overdo it, or you’ll end up with overdried, irritated skin. If your skin is already in that category, or if it’s sensitive, or you’re using prescription acne or anti-aging creams, consult your dermatologist before introducing an exfoliant. The skinny: If your skin is healthy, use a mild facial scrub once or twice a week to keep skin refreshingly radiant.
5. DIY Tip: For a quick homemade dullness remedy, try mixing up 2 Tbsp sugar, 1 Tbsp coconut oil and 1 tsp fresh lemon juice. Apply to clean, dry face using a gentle circular motion, rinse with warm water. Do not use if you have sensitive or irritated skin, or if you use prescription skin medication.
6. MASK YOUR IMPERFECTIONS
Masks continue to make their mark in skin care, with good reason: evolving technologies have made both mask formulations and their delivery methods more effective than ever. From purifying natural clay to soothing gel to hydrating cream, there’s a mask for every condition and complexion. The newest versions cleverly combine ingredients to deliver more balanced results - detoxifying while moisturizing, for example. For an intensive boost this, try a sheet mask, which can be used alone or on top of a serum to increase its absorption. The skinny: The latest facial masks can take your fall skin to the next level - just sit back and soak it in.