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Fall is easily distinguished by its gold and rust colored leaves, but it’s also known for its dry, crisp air. While these two terms may describe perfect weather, they are not ideal characteristics of radiant skin, no matter what the season. Though dry skin can and does happen any time of the year, the lack of humidity and the brisk air autumn brings, can leave your face feeling rough, dry, and irritated. Skin can be further damaged from harsh winds that strip it of its natural oils, causing it to become dry and flaky. But there are some things you can do this fall to leave dry skin behind.
Wash your face daily and not with soap
Cleansing your face daily will help regenerate cell growth and eradicate dead cells that can keep your skin from the necessary moisture it needs to stay hydrated. Avoid drying soaps and choose a high-quality cleanser that contains glycerin, a plant-based humectant that’s basically a water magnet. It attracts moisture then binds it to your skin to keep it moisturized and illuminated.
Invest in a humidifier
Humidifiers circulate moisture throughout the air, raising the humidity level, which helps keep your skin hydrated. (This is why it’s easier to keep your skin moist during the summer.) The mist of a humidifier can soothe dry patches and liven up dull, ashy skin that can be a product of cooler weather. It can even minimize the lines and wrinkles on your face while working to keep new ones from forming.
One of the best things you can do for dry skin is moisturize it. But not all moisturizers contain the same ingredients. Look for a moisturizer for men like our LIFT Anti-Gravity, which has vitamin C, which has proven results in evening out skin tone, diminishing wrinkles, and brightening up dull skin and also propanediol, an emollient that softens dry, flaky skin. LIFT also has hyaluronic acid, a humectant with over the top moisture-binding capabilities. HA, as it’s sometimes called, not only improves hydration, it also assists in the production of collagen, which is what keeps the skin firm and wrinkle-free.
Eliminate or cut down on extremely hot showers
It’s a myth that hot, steamy showers open the pores to better allow the removal of dirt and bacteria (or that cold water will close them). While hot water can soften the skin, water that’s too hot can do more damage than good and can even be responsible for acne, irritation, and the breakdown of the skin’s essential oils. These oils keep the tissue lubricated and hydrated and stripping them away can lead to dry, cracked skin that has the texture of a crispy leaf. Great for leaves. Not so great for skin.
Though the skin automatically sheds dead cells every month, persistent cells can linger, clogging pores and causing a litany of issues including breakouts, redness, and dry, patchy skin. Fall weather does nothing to improve this so it’s important to exfoliate 2-3 times a week. This will increase cell growth and collagen production, improve tone, minimize pores, and keep the skin smooth and hydrated. Using a detoxifying scrub, such as REVITALIZE that’s charcoal-based will aid in removing impurities. It’s formulated with intensive levels of alpha-hydroxy acids, which over time can increase firmness and keep skin younger looking longer. Also, used before shaving, this scrub preps the follicles for a closer shave.
Just as the sun affects the pigment of the leaves, turning them from green to gold, it also affects the pigment in your skin, causing it to darken and become dehydrated. The sun triggers melanin production in the body and is considered the number one cause of hyperpigmentation, the development of dark and often dry patches on the skin. Wearing sunscreen daily, even on cloudy fall days can help keep the sun from triggering and over-production of melanin, which is actually the body’s defense against sunlight. It’s also not a bad idea to wear a hat with a visor should the sun be showing off its glorious (but drying) rays.