Get Your Skin Ready for Fall

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Everyone loves summer, right?  Your skin doesn't.  It suffers from the heat and intense UV rays.  The result:  dull, dry damaged skin.

It's autumn, and for your skin, that's very good news.  Just as we all look forward to relief from the heat and intense UV rays, so too your skin benefits from the cooler temperatures and less intense light.

And your skin is more than ready for change.  Because after several months of summer, your skin has accumulated a lot of dull, dry and damaged skin cells.  It's ready for new skin cells to emerge and brighten your complexion.

Here are 6 easy (and one that is not-so-easy) ways on how to re-energize your skin:

1. First, undo the summer damage, and exfoliate—from head to toe.  My favorite, for your face, is ZO Skin Health's Exfoliating Polish.  It does a great job of scrubbing away the dull, dry skin so that fresh, healthy cells can emerge.  It's more aggressive than most, so if you have weak skin, be gentle at first.  You will love the difference in your skin.  For your body, use a lotion high in lactic acid—such as ZO's Body Emulsion.  It's not your typical smell-good body lotion—it will really work hard to exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin.

2. Fill ‘her up—with water!  Too many glasses of wine and not enough water can dehydrate your skin!  Drink at least 64 oz. of water throughout the day.  If you don't like water, reduce the amount of caffeinated beverages, and increase the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables like pears, apples, oranges, lettuce—all of which have a high water content. Don't use real hot water—on your face, on your hands or in the shower.

3. Want to splurge?  Get a facial at your favorite spa.  If you're confused by the menu of options available, look for adjectives like hydrating, restorative or preventative.

4. Prefer an at-home facial?  Go to your favorite beauty store and look for a clay mask. Clay can refine pores, cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize and rejuvenate your skin.  Pink China clay, a particular type of clay, is recommended for dry skin.

5. Keep your skin active.  High concentrations of retinol will work to rejuvenate your skin, produce more collagen and accelerate cellular turnover.  Make sure that it's a potent concentration, though—like in ZO Skin Health's Radical Night Repair Plus.

6. Exercise.  Here's the one that's not so easy.  Work up a sweat at least three times a week. Take brisk 30-minute walks–you can stop and smell the roses later.  When you work up a sweat, you moisturize your skin from the inside out.  Avoid the temptation of saunas and steam rooms, though—they may seem refreshing, but actually dehydrate your skin.

7. If your skin needs added moisture, it's OK to apply a moisturizer.  Don't overdo it, though.  Use moisturizers only as a short-term fix; they can cause your skin to become weak and lazy.

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Zein Obagi, MD is the quintessential maverick of skin care. Twenty years ago he pioneered the concept of skin health and developed a line of medical skincare products that transformed aging skin. At that time, Dr. Obagi merely intended to challenge the norms of traditional skin care. Instead he shattered the status quo.

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This article was published on 2010/11/01