As the seasons change from summer to fall, so do our capsule wardrobes and Starbucks seasonal drink orders — hello, ankle boots and PSL! But as you’re dreaming about out all the pumpkin recipes you want to make, don’t forget to update your skincare routine for fall too. Alexis Wolfer, founder of The Beauty Bean and author of The Recipe for Radiance, says that it takes a few weeks for your skin to get used to seasonal temperature and humidity changes, so now is the time to start preemptively treating that inevitable dry, irritated skin. And, like the generous skincare goddess she is, Alexis gave us five super simple tips on how to do just that.
1. Reach for oil to moisturize. Alexis’s biggest piece of advice when it comes to seasonal skin health is to maintain your skin’s water and oil balance. As the air turns drier and colder, your skin naturally absorbs less moisture from the humidity in the air (because there’s less of it), meaning extra moisturizing should be a key part of your fall skincare regime (we’re talking DJ Khaled-level key). Alexis loves Argan oil for normal skin and prefers coconut oil (geez is there anything you can’t use it for?) for acne-prone skin, since it’s naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial.
2. DIY some exfoliating scrub. Dry skin equals dull skin. To help refresh your face and get that gorgeous fall glow, Alexis recommends exfoliating at least once a week to get rid of dead skin cells. She suggests adding a little white sugar to your cleanser in your palm for an all-natural and cost-effective DIY exfoliator.
3. Eat seasonally to boost your vitamin A. The fall farmers’ market is your skin’s best friend! Orange squashes like pumpkin, sweet potatoes, kabocha squash, butternut squash and spaghetti squash all contain high levels of vitamin A, which naturally increases your skin cell turnover, leaving you with rejuvenated skin.
4. Eat enough healthy fats to stay hydrated from the inside out. Foods like avocado, walnuts, almonds, salmon and sardines are packed with “good” fats like omega-3 fatty acid, which will help keep your body hydrated and your skin plump. Alexis is firmly in the “what you put into your body is just as important as what you put onto it” camp when it comes to skincare — and, duh, healthy fats are good for your overall health too.
5. Pare down your skin products. This is true especially if you suffer from seasonal allergies. Alexis reminds us that adding more products to your skincare regimen can exacerbate skin irritation, so stick to the essentials during a season change. Pro tip: Pop your eye cream and moisturizer in the fridge to help soothe stressed skin (and feel super luxe in the process).
What are your favorite fall weather skincare products to keep your skin healthy? Tweet us @BritandCo and let us know!
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