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8 Healthy skin care tips for fall

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8 Seasonal skin care tips

The seasonal change from summer to fall can wreak havoc on your skin. Whether the cold, windy climate of autumn gives your skin a shock or worsens existing summer damage, changing your skin care regime can heal and protect your skin and give you a refreshed and healthy glow all the way to spring. Licensed aesthetician Maxine Siegel, national trainer and skin care expert for AHAVA, shares eight simple skin care tips to repair seasonal skin damage and defend your skin against the elements of autumn.

Woman in Fall wearing hatSeasonal changes can be harsh on skin

"As we say our good-byes to summer, the changing weather can really throw our skin for a loop," says Maxine Siegel, skin care pro for AHAVA, a skin care company that specializes in products made from Dead Sea minerals. "Many factors affect skin health, especially season changes. Intrinsic factors such as stress, dehydration, and improper nutrition and extrinsic factors such as harsh weather can cause the skin to become confused. These factors often increase with as seasons change." To take care of your skin as you transition out of the hot summer climate, Siegel recommends changing your skin care routine to accomodate the cold, windy conditions of fall.

8 healthy skin care tips for fall

1. Good health is a year-round commitment

Stay active -- it benefits your mind, body and skin. Hit the gym, work out at home, or bundle up and go for a long walk outside. When the weather turns cold, it may be tempting to just curl up with a good book, but maintaining an active lifestyle will keep you healthy from the inside out. 

2. Remember to cover up

When going outside, protect your skin from the elements by wearing a hat, scarf, earmuffs and gloves. The cold, dry weather can wreak havoc on your skin, but proper attire is an easy way to prevent exposure.

3. Change your skin care like your wardrobe

"Just as you wouldn't wear a tank top and flip-flops outside in cold weather, you don't want to use your light-weight summer skin care products as the temperature drops," says Siegel. Introduce more nourishing daily skin care products for the face and body. The skin care expert recommends a rich and nourishing moisturizer, such as AHAVA's Smoothing Moisturizer for Very Dry Skin, especially for the face, which is nearly always exposed to the elements.

4. Slough off the old, bring on the smooth

To start the fall season with refreshed skin, slough off the summer residue to start the fall season with refreshed skin that may be dry from too much summer fun in the sun. Treat yourself to at least one good facial and full-body exfoliation treatment to start the season polished and smooth. This is good practice for any seasonal change. Maintain the benefits by doing a gentle exfoliation on a weekly basis.

5. Ramp up hydration

In addition to changing your daily skin care, try a weekly hydration treatment to keep your skin dewy and glowing. Hydration products such as AHAVA's Intensive Hydration Mask should be used once per week. Siegel says, "Apply a generous layer to clean skin before bed. Allow to absorb while you get your beauty rest and awake to glowing, radiant skin."

6. Soak it in

Hydrotherapy is great for any season, but especially for the fall and winter when cold temperatures and wind tend to leave skin dry. Soak in a tub of warm water and skin-nourishing bath crystals. Siegel recommends Dead Sea Mineral Crystals because they help balance and moisturize the skin, and calm the senses. Such a simple, relaxing treatment that yields remarkable long-lasting results.

7. Don't forget the basics

As the cool weather rolls in, so does the excitement of the approaching holidays. It's easy to forget the importance of the most basic skin care step: cleansing. Use a pH-balanced gentle cleanser that maintains the skin's delicate protective barrier. The AHAVA's brand-new Mineral Botanic Velvet Cream Body Wash cleanses, moisturizes, and nourishes in one easy step, says Siegel. "The paraben-free formulation blankets the skin in velvety softness and smells absolutely heavenly."

8. Healthy skin starts from within

In addition to modifying your skin care rituals, it is crucial to take care of yourself from within. "Always drink plenty of water and eat a wholesome balanced diet," advises Siegel. In the fall and winter, the air can suck moisture right from the skin; staying hydrated will help keep skin beautiful. Also, enjoy foods rich in healthy unsaturated fats, such as wild-caught salmon and olive oil. In moderation, these foods help keep the skin looking its best.

What is so special about Dead Sea minerals?

AHAVA products are formulated to achieve cellular balance in the skin through the use of the minerals found in the Dead Sea. According to Siegel, the skin requires minerals to function. Minerals facilitate intercellular communication, which helps skin cells access water and nutrients from within the body. "As we age, we lose minerals and the skin becomes imbalanced…and reflects this imbalance by displaying symptoms such as redness, dryness, irritation, dullness and blotchiness," Siegel explains. "AHAVA is powered by a scientifically balanced formulation of Dead Sea minerals called the Mineral Skin Osmoter. This exclusive formulation is clinically proven to reduce wrinkle depth by up to 40 percent and reveal noticeably softer and more radiant skin."

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