After Summer Skin Care Tips

It’s vital to care for your skin year round. However, when the hot humid days come to an end, your skin needs a bit of extra attention. One of the most important times is the change from summer to fall. Here are a few tips for getting your skin back to pre-summer healthy condition.

The harsh summer can leave some of us dried out and parched, while others get overly oily from the heat. After a few months of using lots of sunscreen on humid days, your skin needs a deep cleansing and polishing. Towards the end of the summer, start using a gentle exfoliating cleanser about three times a week. You’ll want to exfoliate the dead skin cells that trap oil and work as a barrier from moisturizers to penetrate into your skin. Dead skin cells can trap excess sweat and sunscreen build- up and leave skin with a lackluster appearance.

Replenish moisture lost from summer activities – swimming in salt and chlorine water, standing in the sun without proper sun protection. You must put moisture back into your skin by applying a moisturizer suitable for your skin type. The weather change from hot to cold can dry your skin, so you must continue to hydrate yourself by drinking plenty of water.

During the summer months’, people tend to use a lotion on their skin because it’s lighter in consistency. For the colder months, you should switch to a crème that provides an additional barrier to help keep adequate moisture for the skin. A non-comedogenic moisturizer that uses natural ingredients is best.

You must continue to use sunscreen! There is not as much sun in the fall as in the summer, but UV rays are still in effect. These rays cause skin to prematurely age and wrinkle. An SPF of 15 or 30 will do the job of protecting your skin.

Don’t forget your eye area. Too much squinting from the sun can speed up crow’s feet. Apply a moisturizer suitable for the delicate eye area twice a day and at night. In the colder months, this thin area of skin needs a little more moisturizer than other areas of your skin.

Get your skin ready for its new autumn debut in late August or early September, depending on your climate.  You’ll discover a difference in the appearance of your skin within a few weeks.

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About The Author

Sandy Alcide’s articles have been featured in notable magazines and websites. Sandy is the founder of Motion Medica skin care www.motionmedica.com and the President of the American Athletic Skin Care Association, raising awareness for the rise of melanoma among outdoor athletes. She can be reached at salcide@fbscc.com

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