Thursday, August 16, 2007

How To Face the Fall With Great Skin

As you enjoy the final days of summer and check out fall fashions, you may notice your skin looks dry, flaky and worn from summer exposure. Being outdoors in the sun, swimming in chlorine or salt water, high temperatures and using insect repellent can all take its toll on the appearance of your skin.

While moisturizing is essential, it should not be your only step for smoother skin for the fall.

Consider the following end of summer regimen for attractive autumn skin:

  • Exfoliate your skin before you moisturize. Although your skin may appear parched, it cannot deeply accept moisture until you remove the dead skin cells on the surface through exfoliation. Avoid harsh exfoliating agents that could irritate your skin further and choose a gentle exfoliator to prepare your skin for a moisturizer.

  • Moisturize your skin with a natural lotion or cream to gently rehydrate your skin. Moisturizers with soothing, hydrating elements such as aloe vera, olive oil and wheat germ oil work best.

  • Minimize the use of sunscreens and insect repellents. After a summer of using these harsh chemicals that irritate your skin over time, try to limit their use as you face the fall. Shower immediately after use and consider that during cooler weather, extra clothing is a perfect insect repellent and sunscreen.

With a bit of extra care and attention, your skin will look as incredible as those new fall fashions you found.

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