How to Get Younger-Looking Skin This Fall
Fall brings so many longed-for changes: We bid farewell to the heat and humidity of summer. The leaves change colors, the kids go back to school, and we start planning our Halloween costumes and Thanksgiving dinners.
Fall also brings changes for our skin. To begin with, there is the post-summer damage wrought by chlorine, saltwater and, of course, all that sun. As the temperature drops in autumn and as the air becomes colder and drier, our skin loses moisture and requires rehydration and greater protection. In short, autumn requires its own skincare routine, one that needs to repair the wear and tear of summer, shield us from the chillier weather and, above all else, helps us keep our skin fresh, radiant – and young looking!
With the above in mind, here is a quick and easy primer on how to get younger-looking skin this fall!
First, the Basics on Skincare
Before we go over a skincare routine specific for fall, let’s do a quick review of the year-round basics we all should do to maintain healthy skin and keep a young-looking appearance.
1. Drink Plenty of Water
It cannot be overstated how essential drinking plenty of fluids, most especially water, is for healthy skin. Water is vital for the proper functioning of our organs, and it is the best way to keep our skin smooth, tight and young looking.
While we have all heard the age-old “drink eight glasses of water a day,” for most of us with an active lifestyle that’s not nearly enough. If you work out at the gym, do yoga or run, you should be replenishing all the fluids you sweat out, flushing out all the toxins released into your system, and keeping your skin hydrated. That means – you guessed it – drink a lot of water.
For those of us who like our coffee every day or a few cocktails at night – we, too, need more water, since caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate us.
The bottom line: monitor your water intake. The typical active lifestyle may require 10, 12, even 16 8-oz glasses of water every day – or more.
2. Don’t Forget to Wash Your Face Before Bedtime
We have all come home exhausted from a long day and passed out before washing our faces. Understandable as that is, it’s awful for our skin. It is so essential that we remove the dirt, grime and oily build-ups from an active lifestyle. But for women who wear makeup, falling asleep before removing facial cosmetics is a sure-fire way to get adult acne, blackheads and even bacterial infections. So remove all makeup and give your skin a good cleansing before sleep. A healthy nighttime skincare routine is essential for younger-looking skin.
If adult acne or acne-scars are a problem for you, try our exfoliating scrub with salicylic acid. Specially formulated to refine your skin and reduce the appearance of acne scars and pores, an exfoliating scrub with salicylic acid can put you in control of your breakouts and go a long way to helping you regain a youthful and radiant skin complexion.
3. Use a Gentle Cleanser
Want to know how to get younger-looking skin year-round? Use a gentle cleanser. Oily, harsh and abrasive cleansers can do more harm than good. Your skin requires a good, gentle cleanser, one that rinses off easily, does not require any scrubbing and leaves your face and neck feeling smooth, clean and refreshed.
- If you have dry skin, use a fragrance-free and alcohol-free cleanser. Fragrance/dyes and alcohol will only dry your skin further, and that’s the last thing you want, especially in the colder fall months.
- If your skin is oily, use an oil-free cleanser, such as a foaming facial cleanser.
- If your skin is sensitive, try a fragrance-free, alcohol-free, hypoallergenic cleanser.
While we all know exercise is essential for a healthy body and mindset, it may surprise you to learn that exercise is also important to getting younger looking skin. You see, whether it’s lifting weights, hitting the treadmill or doing Downward Dog during your yoga class, an exercise routine – especially one involving strength training—promotes blood flow and helps bring much-need nutrients to the surface of our skin.
The above are a quick review of the basic tips for good skin you should be following year-round. Now here are few fall-centric tips for how to get younger-looking skin.
Fall Tip #1: Switch from a Lotion to a Cream Moisturizer
The autumn air is colder and drier than the summer months, so your skin needs a thicker moisturizer. Creams do a better job of locking moisture in and keeping your skin hydrated. The change in seasons demands a change in moisturizer.
Fall Tip #2: Skip the Tanning Bed
Of course, fall means shorter days and less sunlight. For those of us who like a bronze glow, that means hit the local tanning salon, right? Actually, if you want to know how to get younger-looking skin, best to skip that tanning bed altogether. Tanning beds emit harmful UV radiation and can cause premature aging and even skin cancer. Too much time at the tanning salon today will virtually guarantee you a face full of lines and wrinkles in the all-too-near future.
Fall Tip #3: Stick with the SPF
Just because the days are shorter and the temperature is dropping does not mean we should forgo sun protection. The sun and its UV rays are harmful to our skin year-round. We all remember to slather on the SPF before we hit the beach in June, but many of us aren’t mindful of it in October. If you will be out in the sun, your skin requires protection.
The simplest solution is to use a moisturizer with an SPF. For most of us, an SPF 15 is fine for fall, but if you are especially fair-skinned or will be outside a good part of the day, don’t shy away firm an SPF 30 – or higher. Better safe than sorry.
Fall Tip #4: Undo Summer’s Damage
Summer takes a toll on our skin, which makes fall a great time to clean up our skin and make sure we are doing everything to fight premature aging. How about giving some microdermabrasion products a try? Start with our Microdermabrasion Crystals with Vitamin C. With exfoliating properties that brighten skin, improve clarity and help restore radiance, our microdermabrasion products will go a long way to giving your younger-looking skin this fall.