Love it or hate it, summer is over. You can hide your swimsuits and beach balls because the chilly days are almost upon us. And if you think that the days of constant hassle to maintain healthy skin are a thing of the past, then I’m sorry to disappoint you. Just like in summer, autumn will not be very kind. But that does not mean that you’ll have to suffer through dry skin and chapped lips for the whole season. If you follow a particular routine in your day to day life, you can get through with a glow. It’ll just take a bit of will. So let’s just jump to it.
Adopt a Healthy Diet
Autumn isn’t just about grey skies and lifeless days; it’s a season that actually brings with it a variety of important fruits and vegetables. And you’ll want to include some of them in your diet if you want your skin to remain healthy. Here are some that you’ll want to consider strongly:
Almost all of us are familiar with this vegetable, as we should. It’s a very beneficial thing to consume regularly. Carrots are rich with beta-carotene. It’s an antioxidant that’s turned into vitamin A once consumed. Vitamin A is very important for the skin as it protects against the sun. If you have some kind of skin damage like a cut or a skin burn, you’ll want to double down on carrots.
If anyone says the word “Autumn,” the first thing that you might think of, aside from fallen orange leaves, is pumpkin. But pumpkin can offer more than what you might have in mind. Pumpkin seeds, for example, are rich in zinc. And zinc is needed for cellular regeneration and for protecting against skin infections. Similarly to carrots, it also has beta-carotene which, as we’ve said, protects the skin. Besides, it gives it a lively glow.
You’ll want your skin to be moisturized all the time, and you’ll also want to encourage the cellular growth in your skin. Cauliflower definitely helps with that.
Rich in vitamin C, this vegetable, also called baby cabbages, is here at your disposal from the beginning of autumn to the end of winter. If you want a firm-looking and smooth skin, free of sunspots, grab yourself some Brussel sprouts.
Here’s one thing that’ll give you as much joy eating it as it will benefit your skin. What cranberries have is something we call phytochemicals. Their juice, on the other hand, is known for its anti-inflammatory traits. These two features are what prevent skin conditions like pimples and persisting cystic acne
Alright, I have to say it, “An apple a day, keeps the dermatologist away.” Sorry. If they don’t go bad, I’d go to the nearest market and grab enough apples to meet the whole season’s needs if you can. Being one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits out there (much of it is in the peel), apples are indispensable for their ability to keep skin cell damage at bay. Add to that their Vitamin B that protects against skin irritations like acne, and you’ve hit the jackpot.
What’s common in all these foods, and what’s good for your skin, is the heavy presence of antioxidants similar to polyphones, vitamins A, C and E. Add to that also Omega-3 essential fatty acids. With all these essential nutrients, you can say goodbye to the damage your skin went through during the summer. Give your skin what it needs to boost its immunity and face the challenge of the cold seasons.
Also, this doesn’t need to be mentioned, but it’s important enough so you should know it. Always hydrate your body, no matter the season. Drink large amounts of water to flush your body of toxins and maintain vibrant skin.
Exfoliate and Moisturize
One of the main reasons that make summer destructive to the skin is the dehydration that it can cause because of the heat. Your skin can be plagued by wrinkles because of that. What you want to do is make sure to revive your skin with proper hydration before the beginning of the cold time of the year. We recommend that you moisturize your skin two times a day after you get yourself cleaned up. There are gel moisturizers and oil-free light liquids for skins that are either normal dry or a mix of both. For excessively dry skins, it’s advised that you purchase a thicker moisturizer that’s cream-based. But don’t forget that you must give the same amount of care that you give your face to your entire body. Make a habit of taking warm baths now and then along with the moisturizer that you’d want to apply on damp skin.
Besides that, let’s talk about the face. Keep your face away from hot water when you want to wash it. Coldwater will make sure that your pores stay closed and that’s what you want to happen because surrounding dirt particles will have less chance of getting into the skin. Also, we recommend that you get yourself a facial. It’ll do wonders for your skin. Look for the ones that target dullness and dehydration and get yourself one of those.
Last but not least, exfoliating is equally essential. Dead skin can build up over the surface of your face and body as time goes by. Do it gently and frequently to prepare your skin for nutrition and miniaturization.
But we should remind that those that suffer from acne should keep away from exfoliating physically as it can further the irritation of the skin and that can lead to more breakouts.
If you think that because summer is over that, you won’t have to keep applying sunscreen when you go out, then you’d be mistaken. Sun can be bad for your skin on any given day, no matter the season. You don’t want to get age spots or wrinkles. So don’t stop using your sunscreen.
According to Marnie Nussbaum, a dermatologist from New York, the best sunscreen is a one that has hydrators (hyaluronic acid and glycerin especially), SPF 30, antioxidants like vitamin E and C and a broad spectrum.
Get Your Fair Share Of Oils
A lot of people like to shake things up from season to season when it comes to their skincare products. Some would go from a lotion in the summer to a cream in the winter. We recommend that you consider using some oils during this autumn as they remain very popular among beauty aficionado. A jojoba blend or Argan oil for your face is what we recommend. Maybe even some coconut oil for your legs
You might be thinking “why would I want to do that? It can be freezing cold during the next few months. All I want to do all day is a sink in a hot bath.” Well, as appealing as that can be for your skin, it can be damaging.
The heat will suck the moisture out, and that’s no good. We’d rather you go with lukewarm and brief showers that you’d follow with a body cream right after. Besides that, if you want to maintain moisture in the skin, keep drinking your water and avoid things like caffeine and alcohol.