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5 Ways You Can Avoid Being Ashy This Fall

It’s time to say goodbye to sticky, sweaty skin and the summer heat! Because the cooler months are quickly approaching, whether you’re ready or not. But, as great as pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters, and “cuffing” season are to look forward to in the fall, you might’ve noticed that your skin isn’t as fond of the cooler weather.

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During the winter, especially, your skin is prone to more flare-ups, dryness, or irritation due to dry, cool air outside and indoor heat that zaps the moisture out of the surrounding air and your skin.

That’s why fall is the perfect time to start paying closer attention to your skin’s hydration to prepare for the inevitable. So keep reading to learn how you can help your skin retain moisture, and most importantly, avoid being ashy this fall!

Avoid taking hot showers or baths

An extra hot shower sounds nice on a cool day, but the truth is, hot water actually dries out the skin as it strips away the skin’s natural oils. So instead of taking a steaming hot shower, keep your skin as moisturized as possible by opting for lukewarm showers that last no more than 10 minutes.

Apply moisturizer as soon as you cleanse and dry your skin

Unfortunately, your skin will release its moisture unless you trap it in with a sealant. So, if you want your skin to be ash-free for as long as possible during the day, don’t skip on this step. Apply a generous amount of moisturizer to the skin within a few minutes of washing your face or stepping out of the shower.

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Add moisture to your space with a humidifier

We know that dry air makes for dry skin, so bring the moisture to you by plugging in a humidifier. Not only will your skin thank you, but your houseplants will love it too!

Don’t go without lip balm

Dry, chapped lips are uncomfortable and even painful at times. Keep your lips moisturized and cared for by including lip balm or petroleum jelly in your skincare routine. If a lip balm stings or burns when you apply it, that’s your cue to switch to a different product.

Exfoliate less

Exfoliating is excellent for getting rid of dead skin cells and making your skin soft and supple. However, exfoliation also strips the skin of its natural oils in the process. So to avoid drying out your skin, it’s best to cut back on exfoliation during the cooler months.

Final thoughts

Keeping your skin moisturized during the fall is essential, and it’ll prepare your skin to shoulder the even colder months ahead. So stay hydrated and hone these tips this fall for healthy, moisturized skin!

Written by Reese Williams


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The Best Skincare Solutions For 3 Common Skin Concerns

Here’s a sad truth: No one’s skin is perfect 100% of the time.

And chances are, you’re reading this article because you’re dealing with some skincare problems yourself! While finding the right products to tackle your skincare concerns can be a real challenge, you’ve come to the right place. Skincare troubles such as acne, dry skin, or hyperpigmentation are never fun to deal with, so here’s your guide to skincare solutions for three common skin problems.

For Dry Skin

Is dry, flaky skin keeping you down? Well, not for much longer! Your skin can become dehydrated from over-washing, hard air, irritants, and more. However, no matter the cause, maintaining a consistent skincare regimen can help you turn things around. So keep your skin moisturized by making the following changes to your routine:

  • Use a hydrating cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin of natural oils
  • Use an alcohol-free toner to restore your skin’s pH
  • Use a daily moisturizer
  • Reach for products with hyaluronic acid high on the ingredients list

For Hyperpigmentation

Unfortunately for us melanated folks, dark spots are more likely to develop on our skin. Those pesky spots are often the results of hormonal changes, sun damage, or acne. If you’ve been unsuccessful at getting rid of your dark spots, these tips targeted for black skin are sure to help you out:

  • Wear sunscreen daily to prevent dark spots from getting even darker
  • Incorporate vitamin C in your routine as it helps increase collagen and reduces the formation of melanin to prevent hyperpigmentation
  • Use hydroquinone, the holy grail topical that helps lighten dark spots
  • Treat the underlying cause of hyperpigmentation, i.e. melanated, acne
  • Wait it out as hyperpigmentation fades over time

For Acne

There’s nothing like a new zit that suddenly appears on your face to ruin a great day. So just imagine how awesome it would be if acne magically disappeared for us all after the adolescent years. It’s a nice thought, but sadly, acne can still rear its ugly head years after high school graduation.

Whether your breakouts are due to stress, irritants, or just genetics, here’s some advice to remedy your acne troubles:

  • Always avoid touching your face with unclean hands
  • Use a cleanser with salicylic acid daily to unclog pores
  • Use retinol to keep pimples at bay
  • Reach for gentle toners to wipe away oil
  • Use antibacterial gels or cleansers that contain benzoyl peroxide to kill surface bacteria that causes acne

Hopefully, you use these tips above to help yourself get started in the right direction on your skincare journey because annoying skincare problems are just that: annoying.

So, keep your skin on track and more issues at bay by taking charge to address your problem areas!

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