With the fall season in full effect most of us are probably dealing with the challenge of keeping our skin and hair moisturized and looking its best. When most of us think about the fall season, we think about the beautiful autumn leaves, the charming fashion, and let’s not forget the adorable shoes and boots.
However; something else that seems to go hand in hand with the lovely fall season is dry skin, brittle and damaged hair. As the days grow shorter, temperatures drop, and the air gets drier, your skin and hair can lose precious moisture. Autumn is a time of transition and the right skin and hair care regimen will help in correcting the summer damage that may have occurred and it will prepare you for the winter months.
A good skin care regimen
Beauty specialists recommend that following a proper program where skin is exfoliated, cleansed, hydrated, and protected can be beneficial to the overall health of skin. Since the fall season welcomes cooler temperatures small changes in skin care routines can make a difference in tone, texture, and overall glow.
Exfoliating your skin is an important step for each season, but especially as your skin becomes drier. Using a scrub, peel, or mask 2-3 times a week will slough away dead skin while polishing the surface of your skin. This process also increases cellular turnover and allows your other skin care products to penetrate more easily giving them the opportunity to be more effective.
“Cleansing at night before going to sleep is the first and most important skin care advice any beauty specialist or dermatologist will say to a client or patient,” stated Rebecca, lead beauty specialist, of TheBeautyPlace.com. Dirt, bacteria, and makeup left on overnight can irritate skin, clog pores, and trigger breakouts. Summer, gel cleansers are best used during the hotter months because the hotter temperatures bring about more humidity all the while moisturizing skin. However when the fall season arrives, the cooler temperatures can dry out skin causing it to flake. Wash with a gentle cleanser, and moisturize with emollients like Shea butter, natural oils, and ceramides to fortify the skin.
As the months get colder your skin needs more moisture than it did in previous seasons. Switch to a richer moisturizer and continue to evaluate your skin’s needs to see if you need more moisture throughout the day. If your skin remains dry then you may want to apply a thin layer of argon oil under your moisturizer which will help retain moisture and promotes a dewy, supple complexion.
Continue to wear a sunscreen with at least an SPF 30 every day, rain or shine. As the seasons change you are still at risk from the damaging sun’s UV rays so protecting it is a vital step when trying to acquire healthier skin.
A good hair care regimen
During the autumn months, hair loss is very common. In order to treat your scalp properly and reduce the measure of hair loss it is advisable to insert a deep conditioning treatment every once in a while into your weekly routine
To keep your hair healthy and luxurious during the fall, moisturize more often. Since the air is drier in the fall, hair is at a higher risk for breakage. Nourishing essential oils, such as safflower seed and sweet almond oil, are just what your hair needs to thoroughly moisturize and protect your hair this autumn.
The best way to avoid disasters is to put on the protective shield and devote more time to the nourishment of your tresses.
As your hair is forced to endure beatings from high winds and cold weather, adding moisture to your hair is great; but it is not enough to keep your hair hydrated. Once you’ve washed or wet your hair, try applying a water based leave-in conditioner or moisturizer and following up with an oil or butter such as coconut oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, mango butter or raw Shea butter. Water and moisturizers are what adds moisture to your hair, but the oils or butters are what seal it in.
Getting rid of split and brittle ends that have been damaged by prior months is another thing you can do for your hair this time of year. There are some who suggest that you should trim your ends every six to eight weeks. Then, there are others who believe that trimming your ends that frequently is not necessary. For me, there is not one absolute trimming schedule that applies to all women. When you notice that your ends are damaged and splitting, get rid of them