While we’re unabashed fans of summer’s lazy days, we must admit there is something utterly magical about the onset of autumn. The air suddenly has a sparkly crisp to it; the leaves assume firework-inspired hues; and our favorite fall sartorial items – cozy cashmere scarfs, buttery leather boots, our trusty pair of denim jeans – are suddenly back and relevant again.
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But that doesn’t mean our skin loves it. In fact, the seasonal transition from summer to fall can often wreak havoc on even the most resilient of skin types. Whether you’re suffering from serious dryness, inexplicable breakouts or lackluster skin, we’ve got the (simple) solutions for your fall skincare woes. Read on!
The Issue: You’re suddenly dry and flaky, from head-to-toe
While many of us complain about summertime’s humidity, it can really do wonders for imparting all-over dewy hydration. In contrast, fall’s chillier temperatures and drier air can suddenly suck the moisture out of skin, leaving it feeling itchy, dry and vulnerable. Ensure you’re staying hydrated by applying both eXO Face and eXO Body from head-to-toe, AM and PM. (Yep, don’t forget about that body – it’s also going through summertime withdrawal!) Both use the same Next-gen natural + Zen3 exosome formula to rejuvenate skin cells, locking in moisture and radiance. If you’re feeling particularly parched, try applying each right after a hot shower, when your pores are open and your skin is most receptive.
The issue: You’ve lost that summertime glow
On our best days in the summer, we like to think we channel Helena Christensen frolicking in the ocean in “Wicked Game” – glowing skin and all. Which is why, come September, it’s such a bummer when that elusive summertime sparkle is suddenly gone. Return skin to brilliance with a good old-fashioned exfoliation, either in the form of upping your face wash game (we’re all about ones that employ glycolic acid), applying a pore-clearing mask (simple clay masks are wonderful) or booking a well-timed facial. All three help to slough away the top level of dead skin, revealing younger, brighter cells. But don’t go too crazy – there’s a difference between gentle exfoliation and way-too-harsh treatments.
The issue: You’re breaking out like you’re 16 years old
Even if you’re well past the “acne” stage of your life, seasonal breakouts remain a very real thing well into older age. This is partly due to changes in hormonal balance, which can be influenced by the normal shifts in diet and lifestyle that occur season-to-season. When breakouts strike, then, take care to practice some hormone-balancing strategies. Regular exercise and stress-relieving meditation are great places to start, along with drinking plenty of water, avoiding caffeine and alcohol and sticking to a diet that is low in processed ingredients and rich in skin-friendly nutrients and antioxidants. Once you’ve got that foundational stuff down pat, treat skin gently, engaging in a simple routine of cleansing in the evenings and applying nourishing hydration morning and night. eXO’s skin-balancing formula is excellent for combating flare-ups, thanks to innovative ingredients like Agascalm, which naturally addresses the root causes of stress and inflammation. Slather up!