Your Ultimate Guide to Fall Skin Care

Your Ultimate Guide to Fall Skin Care

Taking proper care of one’s skin is the key to a healthy and happy appearance. No matter how old you are, your skin will always require special attention (there’s acne for teen to treat and wrinkles for elder people to fight). To avoid these problems in the future, you must go for a preventive attitude instead of starting taking care of your skin only after the problems have emerged. So what exactly do we mean by taking a proper care of our skin? One thing we must all keep in mind is that depending on the season, we should not only change our wardrobe, but also the means of caring for our hair, skin and try different beauty treatments. With the arrival of fall, our skin is going to need a special care. And it’s high time to discover certain fall skin care tips that you’ll need to stick to throughout the gloomy season in order to have the same shining and bright looks as in summer!

Your Ultimate Guide to Fall Skin Care

Even if during summer you did everything possible to protect, clean and moisturize your skin, as soon as fall arrives with its winds, irregular humidity and rapid reduction in sunny days that provided us with vitamin D, we can quickly find ourselves face to face with an unpleasant surprise. What happens? Our skin becomes rather sensitive not getting the rays of sun to which it has gotten used to during the summer and starts to react poorly to being even slightly exposed to the external environment. Even the smallest gust of cold wind may irritate it. To reduce skin sensitivity, it is recommended choosing cosmetics and makeup products with special care during the fall period. The beauty products that you choose should include special ingredients that enhance the natural protective properties of the skin and the protective hydrolipidic film. Almond oil, for example, provides nutrition and protection due to the unsaturated oleic acid, which are identical to skin lipids.

Fall Skin Care: How to Get Perfectly Smooth and Healthy Skin In Fall

The basic rule for the fall skin care is making sure you moisturize and refresh your skin. Nourishing creams are one thing you should go for. Also, do not forget about the night cream, which will perfectly restore the hydro-lipid film and will protect the skin at low temperatures. Night creams are designed to nourish the deep layers of the epidermis and to compensate for the loss of moisture.

To kill three birds (cleaning, hydrating and nourishing) with one stone, using a cotton pad, apply slightly warmed vegetable oil to your skin. The oil will help to reduce flaking. To enhance the effect it is recommended using 10-minute oil masks adding a little bit of grape seed oil. After 10 minutes, wash off your face with warm water, and then rinse it with cool water. You may also add weak infusion of linden flowers to the water to refresh, tone and soothe the skin.

Peeling and scrubbing your skin are also a good idea. These procedures will not only help you protect your skin, but will also help your face avoid turning into a grayish color after the tan has faded away. It is preferred to deeply clean and use facial scrub in the evening, or at least an hour before leaving the house. Otherwise, the recently renovated delicate skin may receive an enormous stress because of the contact with the cold air and suffer even more.

It is also suggested keeping on wearing sunscreen even after summer has gone. We are all inclined to hide our sunscreens at the very bottom of our makeup drawers once the summer is over. Many of us do not think sunscreen is a product to be used in summer, which is not entirely true. As you already know, over the summer, your skin becomes thinner, ultraviolet rays destroy its protective layer little by little, increasing its sensitivity, which is often seen in rosacea as the humidity and heat cause an increase in the blood flow to the skin. For skin that is so vulnerable to sun rays even the mildest sun can be harmful. This is why the use of sunscreen is not only much appreciated, but also compulsory, especially considering the fact that dermatologists recommend spending a lot of time in the sun in fall to stock up vitamins for winter.

Treating Your Skin at Beauty Salons

All estheticians unanimously recommend giving preference to salon skincare in fall. Phonophoresis, iontophoresis, microcurrent therapy and ultrasonic cleaning of the face are all procedures that will help you restore your skin and prepare it for the fast-approaching cold weather. You can get rid of dead skin cells in a beauty salon with the help of a gentle exfoliation. Using special massaging techniques, beauticians will bring back the former invigorated look to your face. Visits to the beauty salons can be extremely useful in terms of consultation as well. The specialist will help you assess the condition of your skin and make recommendations about ways of improving it and making it better.

Treating Your Skin at Home

Natural masks and remedies are useful at any time of the year. It is suggested adding oils to masks made of vegetables, berries and fruit during the fall period. This technique is apt for all skin types, while for dry skin olive oil and shea butter are especially useful.

Remembering about the useful characteristics of this or that fruit or vegetable, you can choose one of the many options for facial masks. Carrots, for example, soften the skin and renew the natural tan, apple is an excellent means of toning your skin, pears clean and nourish, cucumber is ideal for oily skin and so on. To masks made for normal or dry skin it is suggested adding a few drops of oil (essential oils are particularly useful) and add a bit of cream or sour cream to the mixture. Vitamin A is useful for almost all skin types and can be added to skin masks as well. We will now present you several mask recipes for getting your skin ready for the colder weather.

Fall Skin Care Tips

Apple and Honey Facial Mask

Apple and honey facial mask is used to nourish and tone the skin. To make the mask, mix 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 chopped apple, 1 egg yolk and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Apply the mask evenly on the face, keep it on for 20 minutes, then rinse your face with cool water.

Zucchini Facial Mask

This miraculous zucchini mask is perfect not only for softening and moisturizing your skin, but also for relieving irritation. You need to mix 1 small zucchini and 1 egg yolk. First it is necessary to peel the zucchini, remove the seeds, grate and then mix it with egg yolk. Apply the mask to cleansed skin, let it stay on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse it off with cool water.

Pear-Rice Facial Mask

Pear-rice facial mask is yet another wonderful DIY treatment that will nourish and clean your skin. To make the mask, you need half a cup of rise and 1 medium-sized pear. Cook the rice until it gets mushy; grate the pear, mix them together. Put the mask on your face, while it is still hot, however not so much as to burn your skin. Keep it on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse, again using with cool water.

Also, do not forget that the food we consume also affects the condition of our skin. Therefore, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, especially since fall is that time of the year when there is no lack of natural sources of vitamin and mineral elements. Additionally, to protect and restore the skin, we suggest you take as much vitamin A as possible. The vitamin is found in eggs, meat and fish. These products also contain fatty acids that strengthen the overall body and reduce the manifestations of seasonal autumn depression.

Developing an Ideal Fall Skincare Daily Routine

As we have already mentioned, caring about one’s skin is not a matter of a day or two or even a week. To have the healthy and smooth skin you dream about you must bear in mind that you need to take proper care of your skin constantly, with no breaks. So what are those procedures you need to do daily to make your skin better?

The first and foremost rule about keeping your skin clean is to refrain from touching it. How many times in a day do you absent-mindedly run your hands over your face? This way you transmit innumerable bacteria from your hands to your skin, which later appear on your face in forms of pimples.

Caring about your skin starts early in the morning when you are still at home. It is suggested washing your face with room temperature (or maybe a little cooler) water. Refrain from using soaps more than twice a week. After washing, dry your face with a towel making sure you don’t rub it too roughly as this can lead to stretch marks. For both men and women, it is suggested using face creams low in fat. Evening facial treatment includes cleansing your face with warm water or cosmetic lotions. Also, if you have been wearing makeup during the day, make sure you remove it all before going to bed. In order not to subject your skin to additional stress and help it maintain its natural balance, use a makeup remover with a neutral pH, which is specially designed to gently cleanse the skin. The skin around the eyes is ten times thinner than facial skin elsewhere, so make sure you use special products for removing the makeup from the eyes. You can also apply a small amount of cream for the area under eyes before going to bed.

It is very important to determine your skin type and then buy cosmetic products accordingly, that is to say, use products specifically designed for your skin type as dry and oily skin require different kinds of treatments.
Having a dry skin is by no means age-related as both teenagers and older people may have dry skin. Choosing the wrong cosmetics for both women and men leads to roughness, scaling, rapid fading and wrinkling. For people having dry skin, soap is out of the question. If you have dry skin, cleansing your face at home includes washing it with warm water. Also keep in mind that cold water constricts blood vessels and pores and hot water has the opposite effect as it expands the vessels. Before bathing or showering, it is advised to use creams with fat, although some professionals suggest that replacing them with sour cream or vegetable oil will have a better effect on the skin.

For people who have oily skin, mornings should start with washing the face with warm water and soap. If you have oily skin, you can also use alcohol-containing tonics. Several face masks and scrubs that you can make yourselves at home will also be perfect for treating oily skin. The most popular of those scrubs is probably the sugar scrub. To prepare the scrub, 2 tablespoons of sugar is mixed with 3 tablespoons of milk. Apply the mixture to the face and gently massage the skin for 2-3 minutes. Wash it off with water. Another great scrub recipe with sugar is also widely used. Before applying this scrub to the skin, it is suggested thoroughly washing your skin with baby soap and once the bubbles have formed all over your face, take a small amount of sugar and rub your face with sugar and foam. Wash off the scrub thoroughly and dry your face with a soft towel.

Skin care should be practiced at any age, and the earlier we start to take care of our face, the longer our skin will look young and elastic. It may seem like a time consuming process and at times you may feel “like not doing anything”, but remember that all your efforts are going to be worth in the long run.

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Written by Inga Mkhitaryan
Inga is a future Master's student majoring in Language, Culture and History, who tries to discover something new every day be it a new genre of music or band, a book, a piece of art or a new fashion trend. Find her on Google+