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Preparing your skin for autumn and Seasonal Acne

September 21, 2012 by Works with Water
Autumn & Seasonal Acne

It’s officially Autumn, time to pack away those summer clothes and get ready for shorter, chillier days that will play havoc with your skin health, and can cause seasonal acne unless you change you skin routine to compensate… we have some top tips below to help you.

 

  1. Sunscreen: The change in seasons does not mean that there is no need to continue shielding from the sun. The skin can become damaged from the sun during any season. Sun damage can cause age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, dry and damaged skin, among other skin issues.
  2.  Moisturise: Hot summer causes dehydration, and thereby wrinkles and fine lines appear on the skin. The moisture lost needs to be properly supplemented before the onset of winter. Moisturise at least twice daily after cleansing. Dry, normal and combination skin types may use a light oil free liquid or gel moisturiser. For drier skin types, choose a thicker cream based moisturiser meant for dry skin. Along with your facial skin you need to take care of your body also. Be sure to take short warm baths and apply moisturiser onto your damp skin.
  3. Facials: Wash your face with tepid or cold water and never with hot water. This will close the pores effectively keeping the dirt from penetrating into the skin. Facials can do miracles with your complexion. Choose ones that are meant to fight de-hydration and dullness. These will refresh and properly moisturise the skin to an extent that it will be able to fight the harmful effects.
  4. Exfoliate: …but be gentle. Summer damage can result in cellular build-up on the skin’s surface. To effectively remove dead skin cells and leave the skin smooth, it is advisable to frequently exfoliate. This step will prepare the skin to absorb more moisture and nutrition.
    For those with acne prone skin it is best to steer clear of physical exfoliants. The friction involved in using a physical exfoliant can irritate already inflamed skin, exacerbating redness and promoting additional breakouts.
  5. Diet: Autumn is a season when fresh fruit and vegetables abound, so you can include Pears, Leeks, Pumpkins, Sweetcorn, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Blackberries, Grapes, Plums and Raspberries to your diet. These foods are rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants such as polyphones, Vitamins A, C and E, that can help reverse summer damage, prepare it for the challenges it will face during winter and boost the skin’s immune system while preserving its quality and restoring its natural glow.
    Continue to hydrate the body irrespective of seasonal changes. This will help you to flush out the body toxins better thereby ensuring a problem-free skin.
  6. help: revitalise my skin:  It had to be part of our list… but if you try it you will see why. Containing CoEnzyme Q10 and high extract Aloe Vera, it is the perfect skin pick-me-up in a tasty apple flavoured gel stick that will work from the inside to autumn proof your skin and aid skin regeneration.

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