Summer has come to an end and many of you may be seeing an increase in brown spots, as well as dryness, and an overall dull look to the skin. The heat, sun, and chlorinated pools combined with the lazy days of summer (with a less-than-attentive skin routine) require a serious skin pick-me-up. Every September we look forward to updating our wardrobes, but how much thought do we put into our seasonal skincare routine? Fall is a time when you really need to pay attention to your skin’s needs. Given the weather can be so erratic—cool one day, hot the next—it’s really a ‘shoulder’ season that requires you to have flexibility in your routine. That’s why it’s the perfect time of year to incorporate ‘booster’ products, like beauty oils, masks and scrubs, so that day to day you can adjust as necessary. Here is our guide to keeping your skin beautiful and healthy when weather takes a toll. Banish breakouts. The best way to manage post-summer breakouts is to incorporate a mask or serum into your current skin care regimen. Used several times a week, you’ll give your skin some extra needed moisture without the need to completely change out all your skincare products from summer. Wear SPF—even in the fall. People believe that as long as they are not exposed to the sun long enough to risk a sunburn, they don’t need sunscreen. Even if you don’t see much sun where you live, and even when the hours of daylight are reduced, sun protection is essential—year- round! Incidental sun exposure definitely adds up so don’t forget the SPF! I like to think of sunscreen and foundation as the ‘dynamic duo.’ Take care of your lips. Flaky, chapped lips are more common at this time of year and may require some extra TLC. Remove dry, dead skin cells with a gentle lip exfoliant and follow up with a good lip balm for super smooth lips. Re-assess your skincare routine. Ultimately, you should always protect your skin and supply it with beneficial ingredients to keep it healthy year-round. However, it's also imperative to assess your skin on a regular basis to determine what effect (if any) the change of weather brings, and then adapt your skin-care routine as needed. If going from summer to fall changes your skin, then you do need to tweak your skin-care routine; if it doesn't change your skin, then there is absolutely no reason to do anything different. We’d love to know: What products are you introducing into your fall skincare routine? xo Kimberley
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