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Skin Care Tips for the Fall

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If you’re living in Utah, you’re probably aware of the ever-changing climate that we have here. Regardless of the season, however, we can all agree that Utah’s weather is consistent in one aspect: the dry air. Especially now that we’re in the fall season and approaching winter, the dryness only gets worse from here. The aridity especially shows its effect through our skin. So, how do we care for our skin in the fall?

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Tip #1: Drink water. Although we all know that drinking water is essential for our health, do we know how it particularly helps our skin? Drinking lots of water will enable our bodies to flush out toxins and waste products, therefore, clearing up our skin. Additionally, drinking water will improve your circulation and blood flow since it carries many nutrients to every cell. Because our skin cells are exposed to such drying environments, water’s hydrating effect will maintain the skin’s natural glow and moisture.

Tip #2: Wear sunscreen. You may be questioning why one should wear sunscreen during the seasons when the sun is least intense, but I can ensure you, you won’t regret always wearing sunscreen 20 years from now.

Sunscreen is beneficial for many reasons. It shields your face from harmful rays, and even though you can’t feel the warmth of the sun, the sun’s rays are still present. In addition, sunscreen is proven to decrease the chances of getting skin cancer. It also helps slow down the aging process and will help prevent the skin from having dark spots or discoloration. Just be sure that when you do apply sunscreen it isn’t expired, because expired sunscreen gives you no more benefits than wearing none at all would.

Front view portrait of a woman with sun cream on her face
Front view portrait of a woman with sun cream on her face

Tip #3: Use cocoa butter. Yum! Cocoa! Along with it’s amazing scent, cocoa butter can do wonders for your skin. It contains many antioxidents, which will fight off skin stressers and signs of aging, as well as tightens the skin, making it a favorite product for reducing stretch marks. Cocoa butter is perfect for hydrating skin because of it’s fatty acid content, which gives it its thick and deep generating formula. It’s also great for those who have sensitive, dry skin, or skin conditions such as eczema or dermatitis.

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Tip #4: Moisturize after you shower. Think of your skin as a wash rag. When you soak a rag in water and then leave it out in the sun to dry, you’ll come to find that it’s hardened and cracked instead of soft and supple. To avoid this issue, lock in the moisture you just absorbed from the shower by sealing it with a moisturizer. The oils in the lotion will prevent some of the water in your pores from evaporating. Simply pat your skin dry after showering, then apply lotion over it to maintain the right balance of moisture.

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-Sarah Sparks

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