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Cooler mornings and crisper evenings signal that yes, fall is here. In addition to getting skin ready for the havoc that winter may bring (think low humidity and cool temperatures), fall is a great time to repair the damage that summer behavior (you know...chlorine filled swimming pools, UV rays and too many cocktails poolside) may have caused. Skin may appear drier, there may be more flaking and products that worked through the warmer months, may just not be enough anymore.

We‘re not talking sweeping changes to your skin care routine, but you may want to consider some gentle tweaking to ensure that skin stays in tip top shape through the coldest (and darkest) months of the year:

Tip 1: Exfoliate, Exfoliate!

Too much sun exposure can often lead to dry, flaking skin - even if you have been diligent with UV protection. Regular treatment with exfoliating body washes, scrubs and lotions can work miracles. Try M2's new [Link Removed].

Tip 2: Slather It On!

As important as exfoliation is to improve the tone and texture of your skin, moisturizing helps to deliver hydrating ingredients and keep your skin's barrier system intact. As temperature and humidity drops, skin may benefit from more heavily textured skin care products (think creams as compared to lotions) containing more emollient ingredients. It may even help keep KP ([Link Removed] and consider a range of effective products including:

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Tip 3: Don't Forget The Sunscreen

I've said it before - and I won't stop saying it - regardless of the weather, use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB blocking sunscreen daily, year round. Just because the sun isn't shining as brightly as in the summer, UVA rays are still prevalent and ready to deliver long term damage in the way of wrinkles, age spots, loss of skin resilience.

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Tip 4: Show Hands And Feet Respect  

Try as you might, it's difficult to keep hands out of water and the elements. Even if you're diligent about using gloves, frequent hand washing and life in general, can cause hands to dry and crack. Because I never remember to wear gloves (and I do oh so many chores...), I always keep a tube of hand cream in my purse and glove box. At home, we have hand lotion at the sink and on my bedside table. You really can never have enough!

Try [Link Removed]lk. Use on hands if they require more attention as well.

Tip 5: Be Gentle To Your Hair  

Hair exposed to the sun and water can appear dry and lacklustre. Go easy on the blow drying, flat iron and other treatments that can damage hair further. Consider switching to a gentle line of shampoos, minus harsh cleansing ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate which strip away oils and can irritate sensitive skin. [Link Removed]contains botanical extracts and comes in a range of exotic scents for all hair types.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed].

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Member Comments

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      Vikki Hall wrote Oct 29, 2009
    • Thx for all the info! I do most of the above.... exfoliating is where I lack. My cleanser has alpha hydroxy in it so I get gentle exfoliation daily. So I assume I am good, but....

      Question: What would cause the area below my mouth and to my chin to be all red and flaky? I have been applying extra moisture but it hasn’t helped.  


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