7 Tips for Glowing Skin During Autumn Months
You know that living in the Colorado climate is harsh on skin no matter what time of year. Denver is known as the mile high city, we are 5280 miles above sea level and the air is a bit thinner here. This is an amazing benefit for any athletic activity, but not so great for UV protection. And with our 300 days of sunshine a year, you are a prime victim for squinting and early sun damage. In addition to being closer to the sun, we are far from large bodies of water and yup, you guessed it, we are dry up here and your skin knows it. But are you going to stay indoors in Colorado? Not a chance!
And as you transition into autumn the climate changes and your skin feels the effects. Temperature drops, we are still spending lots of time out doors but are beginning to cozy up to fires in the evening. Heat may start coming on in the later autumn months. And as you know we can get snow as early as September and yet some days are still 80 degrees.
The little bit of humidity that we do have declines even more.
As Summer turns to fall and the weather is unpredictable, it can stress your skin. Here are a few things you can do to nurture your skin during the season change and help maintain your beautiful glow.
1. I cant stress this enough... daily sunscreen is a must! With the cooler weather it is easy to convince yourself that because it is not hot outside you won't get burned. This is absolutely not the case. In fact, the earth is moving closer to the sun during the cooler months (we are closest in January) and can put you at a higher risk for sun damage. Choose a zinc oxide based sunscreen. Try to stay away chemical based sunscreens, they are not good for your skin and not good for the environment.
2. Exfoliate. But don't over do it! Most people only need to exfoliate once or twice a week. Exfoliating is a very important, but too much exfoliation can actually create more inflammation and dryness. Your skin needs time to heal after abrasive treatments. As the weather changes your skin texture changes and the need for exfoliation becomes more important than in the summer months to maintain a smooth texture.
3. Start using a more emollient moisturizer. Switch from lotion to cream. During the cooler months, your skin actually changes on a cellular level. Your skin cells shrink and can change texture and moisture. Emollients add moisture and seal it into the skin. A good moisturizer will not mask your natural moisture factor (NMF) that occur naturally in the skin . Combining regular exfoliation and a great moisturizer will be crucial in maintaining soft, hydrated skin.
4. Avoid too much heat. This includes sitting too close to a hot fires as well as using hot water to wash your face and body. Warm water is ok to use but too much heat can dry out your skin. Although the fire is warm a toasty, the smoke from the fire in combination with the heat can have an extra drying effect.
5. Take a fish oil or flaxseed oil supplement. If you are not already one one, start taking one daily. The omega 3's not only have anti-inflammatory properties but they also help moisturize from the inside out. My favorite is the EPA-DHA 1000 from Metagenics. (click for a 10% discount on your first order)
6. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! It is so hard to drink enough water in Colorado. I feel as though I drink and drink and its never enough. I know you know the importance but I still feel like it is important to remind you to drink lots of water. Consider getting IV hydration once a month for an extra boost. I love the way the extra hydration feels but even more I love the lift from vitamins in the IV's.
7. See your aesthetician! As you transition out of the sun its time to start doing more aggressive professional services that can keep your skin looking healthy, glowing and youthful. Since you are out of the sun bit more you can start incorporating stronger professional exfoliation services that would usually leave you photosensitive. These services also help reverse the sun damage accrued during the summer months. I recommend getting a professional aesthetic service at the minimum once a month for skin health.
Autumn is such a fun season and your skin will love you for taking care of it. Really hope these tips will help prevent your skin from freaking out during this season and prepare you for winter months. Enjoy the sun and outdoors.