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Now that it’s October, the mornings are cooler…sometimes! In the south, we tend to have our fair share of hot fall days and sticky mornings too! However, we know that all too soon, winter will be here with those chilly, cold mornings that contribute to skin dryness! It’s important to have a good skincare routine in place for all seasons of the year, but especially during the fall because our faces are exposed to so many of the elements. As a teenager, my mother taught me the importance of good skincare, and for that I am very thankful and hope to pass the same hygiene routines down to my children!
Here are some of the things I do to keep my skin in great shape.
Drinking water is so important for good skin. If I do not drink enough water, I can tell from looking in the mirror. My face always looks drier, especially around the eyes, and wrinkles are more visible when I am not hydrated. I make it my goal to drink eight glasses of water each day. Sometimes I drink less, and how much water a person should drink is dependent on the size of the person.
I used to be terrible about using moisturizer. I just didn’t want to take the time to use it as a teenager, and I remember my mom saying I was going to look old before my time if I didn’t use it! And I totally agree now that I have some age on me. I can visibly see a difference in my skin not only when I don’t drink enough water but also when I don’t moisturize my skin regularly. If I go several days in a row without using moisturizer because I’m in a hurry to apply makeup, after about three days, I see dry patches on my face. Not a good thing! I like using a daily moisturizer that includes spf. (Read more about the why behind this here.) I typically have not used a moisturizer at night because I like a clean feel to my face, but this is about to change as I see the appearance of more and more fine lines. I’m thinking a nightly wrinkle cream of sorts is in my near future! I’m also planning on adding a drop of frankincense to my daily moisturizer as I have heard this can do wonders for healthy skin. I have a bottle of frankincense from my Young Living Premium Starter Kit that has been waiting for me to realize this and use it!
Cleanse and Exfoliate
Cleansing the face in the morning is important, and nightly removal of makeup and other dirt from the environment is a must! Have you ever fallen asleep with your makeup on? Isn’t that the most horrible feeling? You wake up at 2 a.m. and just feel sick because your face feels like it’s in a hot mess! Avoiding this feeling is enough motivation for me to make myself wash my face at night! I have used different skincare cleansing products over the years, but the one I have used most recently is the Orange Blossom Facial Wash from Young Living (it lasts a long time!), and I love Norwex Body Cloths. They exfoliate the skin and will even remove mascara!
Hands Off Face!
The last thing I try to remember is to keep my hands off my face! Our hands carry a lot of germs that can transfer to the face and clog pores. I touch my face out of habit and sometimes unknowingly, so I just have to be cautious of what I am doing and make “hands off face” my goal!
Most important of all, remember to smile, be happy, and keep your attitude right! These things do wonders for our appearance no matter the condition of our skin or the number of wrinkles on our faces!
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
Use these next few weeks of fall to upgrade your skincare routines in preparation for great winter skin! Happy smiles and happy fall!
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For more skincare tips, read Lotion: To Use or Not?
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