Fall Skin Care Tips
As the days get shorter and the temperature starts to fall, we have a lot of transitions to make. As we trade our sundresses and sandals for sweaters and boots, we have to think about adapting our skin care routines to the season, too. Here are 5 fall skin care tips to keep your skin healthy.
Just because we are no longer spending our days at the beach and pool, that doesn't mean we should stop shielding our skin from the sun. UV rays can be damaging in any season; however, you do need a daily dose of vitamin D to help with the absorption of calcium for strong bones. According to the Vitamin D Council, how much sun you need depends on how dark your skin is. People with fair skin only need about 15 minutes of sun exposure (without sunscreen) and those with darker skin need more time to get the amount vitamin D they need. Other than the time you're getting your vitamin D, your skin should be covered to prevent it from damage and drying out. Wear sunscreen on all of your exposed skin. That means if you wear baseball shirts with ¾ sleeves, you need to apply sunscreen to your forearms. Wearing hats with brims also reduces the risk for sun damage.
Gentle Scrub Down
Without the humidity we have during the summer it can be difficult to keep skin supple. However, with a little bit of help, our skin can renew itself to make it moist. Exfoliating the skin on the face and body aids in the renewal process. When older skin cells are scrubbed away, it makes room for the new skin cells which carry with them oils and moisture. For body scrubs in the fall, look for ones made with oil. That way as soon as the old skin is removed, the oil locks in the moisture (you may not even need to use lotion). For your face, a regular scrub followed by your daily moisturizer should be fine. Do this once or twice a week in addition to your bedtime beauty routine to keep your skin soft even as the weather gets cooler.
To protect the skin on your arms and legs from drying out during cooler months, you may need to switch up your moisturizer. In the summer, lotions are fine to keep your skin hydrated, but in the fall and winter, cream does a better job of making your skin moist and keeping it smooth and supple. Lotion doesn't contain oil, is easily absorbed, and easily washes off. Typically, creams are oil-based and sit on top of your skin to block moisture from getting out, which can be soothing when the air starts to dry out.
We all know we need to drink lots of water to keep our bodies hydrated and our skin moist, but adding green tea to the water may elevate the benefits of the water. Green tea contains polyphenols that help protect your body's cells from free radical damage, which can reduce the risk of serious illnesses. In addition to good health, a study published in The Journal of Nutrition shows drinking green tea increases blood flow and oxygen to the skin as well as improves its elasticity and makes it smoother.
Colorful vegetables also help skin stay elastic and smooth. Greens like kale and spinach as well as corn, orange peppers and kiwi contain lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants are typically known for helping to prevent serious eye problems like macular degeneration. But the pair also hydrates skin and improves its resilience and smoothness.
Eating fish is also a great way to give your skin a glow once summer is gone. Fish like salmon, anchovies and sardines contain omega-3 fatty acids. If you don't like fish, you can also get omegas from flaxseed and walnuts. Omega-3 fatty acids improve overall cell health by allowing good nutrients into your cells and flushing waste out of your cells. Omega-3 fatty acids also have anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce blemishes and skin irritation. If none of those foods are appealing, a fish oil supplement is also an option.