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Prepare Your Skin for Fall : 5 Simple Skincare Tips

As the summer comes to an end, it's time to start preparing your skin for the cooler, drier months ahead. (Hard to consider Pittsburgh every being dry.) Your skin changes as the seasons change, so some simple skincare swaps and tips can help ensure your skin stays healthy and hydrated through fall. Here are 5 easy things you can do to get your skin ready for fall:

1. Switch to a Richer Moisturizer - As temperatures drop and humidity levels fall, your skin needs extra hydration. Replace your light summer moisturizer with a thicker formula that contains ingredients like jojoba oil or hyaluronic acid. Products with shea butter can be good too, but those with acne may find their skin may flare up with a product like this as it doesn't let the skin "breathe." Apply your moisturizer both AM and PM.

2. Exfoliate Regularly - Use a gentle scrub (please no salt or sugar for this) or an enzyme/ acid-containing cleanser 1-2 times per week to slough off dead skin cells and keep your pores clear. Exfoliation also aids moisturizer absorption. If you're looking on a gentle and effective product, I recommend the La Flore Enzymatic Cleaner.

3. Apply Sunscreen Daily - Even as the sun isn't as strong, UVA rays that age our skin are still present year-round. Choose a broad-spectrum SPF 30+ to protect your skin. Anyone who has talked skincare with me knows I cannot say this enough times-- SPF is anti-aging magic.

4. Drink Plenty of Water - Cooler weather can lead to dry indoor heating, so stay hydrated from within by drinking 8 glasses of water per day. My massage clients hear me say this often. The majority of our bodies are composed of water. Don't deprive yourself of what you need! Don't like the flavor of water? Add some fruit or make it fancy and drink sparkling water.

5. Try a Face Mask Weekly - Sheet masks with nutrients like vitamins C and E, honey or oats nourish skin and combat fall damage from wind, low humidity and central heating. Hydrating creme masks are also amazing and come in a variety of scents, skincare focuses and textures. Just check the ingredients list. Alcohol is a common ingredient found in drug store masks that will dry out and irritate the skin. Bonus tip. If you aren't already receiving monthly facial services, starting out with quarterly facial services is a great way to prepare your skin for each coming season. Try out a custom facial with dermaplaning to have a fresh, exfoliated face that will leave your skin satin smooth and hydrated.

Making small changes to your skincare routine now will prepare your skin and help keep it healthy, soft and smooth throughout the cozy fall season. Let me know if you have any other skincare questions!

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