How To: Prep Your Skin for Fall
Tip of The Day: 7 steps to keep your skin healthy.
-Dr. Zein Obagi
Everyone loves summer, right? Your skin doesn’t. It suffers from the heat and intense UV rays. The result: Dull, dry damaged skin.
It’s autumn, and for your skin, that’s very good news. Just as we all look forward to relief from the heat and intense UV rays, so too your skin benefits from the cooler temperatures and less intense light.
And your skin is more than ready for change. Because after several months of summer, your skin has accumulated a lot of dull, dry and damaged skin cells. It’s ready for new skin cells to emerge and brighten your complexion.
Here are 7 easy (and one that is not-so-easy) ways to re-energize your skin:
1. Start with a blank palette
First, undo the summer damage and exfoliate—from head to toe. My favorite, for your face, is ZO Skin Health Offects Exfoliating Polish. It does a great job of scrubbing away the dull, dry skin so that fresh, healthy cells can emerge. It’s more aggressive than most, so if you have weak skin, be gentle at first. You will love the difference in your skin. For your body, use a lotion high in lactic acid—such as ZO’s Oraser body emulsion. It’s not your typical smell-good body lotion—it really works hard to exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin.
Offects exfoliating polish ($75, zoskinhealth.com).
Oraser body emulsion ($80, zoskinhealth.com)
2. Water is your friend
Fill‘er up—with water! Too many glasses of wine and not enough water can dehydrate your skin! Drink at least 64 oz. of water throughout the day. If you don’t like water, at least reduce the amount of caffeinated beverages, and increase the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables like pears, apples, oranges, lettuce—all of which have a high water content. Don’t use real hot water—on your face, on your hands or in the shower.
Seashell Bay stainless water bottle ($21.99, mysigg.com)
Breast Cancer Crusade pink water bottle ($5, avon.com)
3. Be kind to your face
Want to splurge? Get a facial at your favorite spa. If you’re confused by the menu of options available, look for adjectives like hydrating, restorative or preventative.