Just because summer is over doesn't mean you should neglect your skin. While the sun is slowly drifting closer to the horizon – and thus its rays are weaker – it can still harm you. More so, there are plenty of other elements that can damage your skin, such as colder, drier weather, that you must consider.
Instituting a skin care strategy into your daily routine is a great way to keep it looking fresh and feeling healthy all year. Here are three ways to do so:
"Exfoliating removes dead skin cells, leaving it with a smoother more pristine complexion."
1. Exfoliate the right way
It's crucial that you exfoliate, but did you know there's a certain way to do it properly? Mary Lupo, clinical professor of dermatologyatTulane University School of Medicine, noted in a statement that while exfoliating can help your skin, it can, if not done properly, damage it as well.
It's vital that you understand what exfoliating is, why it's important and who could benefit the most.
Exfoliating removes dead skin cells, leaving the skin's surfacewith a smoother, more pristine complexion. Quality exfoliating creams, such as oil-based sugar scrubs, will improve your skin's quality without removing moisture.
Dr. Lupo says people who may benefit the most from exfoliating are those with sun-damaged skin.
"Individuals who may benefit from exfoliation treatment include those who have experienced premature aging due to sun exposure and those with noninflammatory acne, which is acne with only blackheads and whiteheads," Dr. Lupo said.
Before exfoliating, Dr. Lupo suggested to vet products carefully and only purchase ones that are perfect for your skin type. Finally, the amount you should exfoliate is skin-dependent. If you're not sure how to exfoliate correctly, talk to a skin-care professional.
2. Wear sunscreen
Many people don't wear sunscreen in the fall and winter, but we're not sure why. Is it because they think the sun isn't as strong and therefore is less likely to harm them?
The sun's harmful rays can damage your skin whether it's sunny, cloudy or even cold. It's vital you apply sunscreen daily and use it often if you're working outside consistently.
3. Use an oil-based moisturizer
The cool autumn air and frigid winter wind can take a toll on your skin, leaving it dry and peeling. Make sure it stays well moisturized by applying an oil-based moisturizer every day. If youhave oily skin and tend tobreak out often, use a moisturizer that has a lighter complexion.
The point is: Always keep your skin hydrated.
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