Summer days are drifting away and fall will be here before you know it. When the temperature cools down, a seasonal wardrobe change helps protect most of your body from the elements. However, your face and hands are likely still exposed, and even areas protected by clothing can be affected by a harsh climate. Your fall skin-care regimen should include the following to protect your skin even when blustery winds blow.
Sunscreen – Most people know that sunscreen is a must when heading to the pool or beach, but your skin can actually take a hit from the sun’s damaging rays year-round. Apply sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF daily to avoid sun spots and wrinkles.
Hydration – You’re more likely to drink water in the heat, but it’s important to stay hydrated in the cold as well. Proper hydration is great for your overall body health, plus will keep your skin clear and glowing. After all, most of your skin is made up of water!
Food – In general, you should limit the amount of fat you consume to maintain a healthy diet. But in the fall when skin can get dry and chapped, it’s especially important to consume enough healthy fats and omega-3s to create moisture from the inside out.
Exercise – Elevating your heart rate isn’t just good for burning calories and gaining muscle – it’s also good for your skin. Sweating helps push impurities out of your pores, and the increased circulation helps distribute nutrients throughout your body (including the skin).
Moisture – As mentioned earlier, fall can bring on dry, chapped skin. Add moisture to your skin with natural oils and lotions, and give special attention to areas that are prone to damage such as your lips and hands.
If you have any skin concerns this fall, Certified Dermatology can help. Certified Dermatology specializes in all aspects of medical and surgical dermatology, and treats patients of all ages – from newborn to geriatric. Come visit the new Cape May Court House location at 1580 Rt. 9. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (732) 456-7777 or visit njdermdoc.com.
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