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Autumn Beauty Tips

Updated on September 9, 2012
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The change of seasons is upon us. The summer is over, school is back in session and soon we will be trading our summer clothes and shoes for our fall and winter wardrobe. Is your skin and hair ready for the fall? During the summer our skin is exposed to a lot of sun and wind, our hair is ravaged by the humidity, salt water and chlorine. If you are looking a bit weary, there are some simple things you can do to reverse the damage.

For skin that is wind-chapped and dry, a two-pronged approach is best. Gentle exfoliation and moisture is the way to soften and smooth out the skin. Look for cleansers and moisturizers that contain alpha-hydroxy acid, this ingredient will exfoliate the skin without scrubbing. Moisturizers with argan oil, shea butter, jojoba or olive oil will deeply moisturize the skin.

For skin that appears oily and bumpy due to clogged pores you also want to exfoliate but this time look for products that contain salicylic acid or retinols. These will help clear the junk clogging up your pores. Use the products as directed for a week or two and then give yourself a facial.

A simple at home facial begins with a good cleansing followed by a quick scrub. Make an inexpensive scrub by combining a little baking soda with your cleanser and a few drops of water. Scrub gently in a circular motion all along your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin, avoid the eye area. Next step is to steam your face. I suggest you do the first steps of washing and scrubbing your face while in a hot shower, this way you are also steaming at the same time. After about five or ten minutes you can get out of the shower, quickly dry or put on a robe and sit in front of a mirror. A magnifying mirror works best for this. Examine the skin around your chin and nose, if you see blackheads and whiteheads place one of the blackhead removing strips and pull off, you can also get a moist paper towel and using the towel to cover your index fingers, place an index finger on each side of the blackhead and slowly and gently press. Note, this should not hurt and it should be done gently. If you have been using the salicylic acid for at least a week the pore should clear with very little effort. There should be absolutely no pain or bruising of the skin. If you find you have too many blackheads and bumps, you should schedule a professional facial. After you use the blackhead strips or extract then rinse your face and apply a mask and leave it on the skin until it is completely dry.

You can purchase all kinds of masks, but some of the bests masks are made at home. If you do decide to purchase one, a clay mask is a good choice, since you would not be able to readily make a good one at home. If you want to try making your own mask, they are easy and fun to make. You can use so many different ingredients, for example, to brighten the skin mix an egg white with a few drops of lemon juice and apply. If you have a hard time keeping the mixture on your face, place a paper towel over your face after you apply it and let dry. For dry skin mask mash half of a banana with a little bit of honey, add a few drops of water if it is too thick. For soft moisturized skin mash a quarter of an avocado with 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt. Make sure to apply the mask to your neck and chest area if they have also had too much sun exposure.

Has your hair been exposed to a lot of sun, salt water and chlorine? Did you use more hair product during the humidity to keep your hair looking sleek and smooth? If you notice your hair has become more frizzy and dry now you need to take steps to repair and restore your hair. Look for a deep conditioning treatment or a hot oil treatment. You can make your own hot oil treatment by mashing half of an avocado with a quarter up of olive oil. Apply mixture throughout the hair and cover with a plastic cap or bag. Wait 15 to 20 minutes for the oil to penetrate and rinse off, follow with shampoo and conditioner.

If the last few inches of your hair appear dry, frizzy and full of split ends, you need to schedule a trim. Split ends are not really curable, they need to be cut off. After your trim you can be more careful with your hair by using a good conditioner, detangling and combing the hair gently and lowering the temperature setting of any hair appliances you use. If you are gentle with your hair it will suffer less damage and grow longer without split ends. Has your hair been exposed to a lot of sun, salt water and chlorine? Did you use more hair product during the humidity to keep your hair looking sleek and smooth? If you notice your hair has become more frizzy and dry now you need to take steps to repair and restore your hair. Look for a deep conditioning treatment or a hot oil treatment. You can make your own hot oil treatment by mashing half of an avocado with a quarter up of olive oil. Apply mixture throughout the hair and cover with a plastic cap or bag. Wait 15 to 20 minutes for the oil to penetrate and rinse off, follow with shampoo and conditioner.

Follow these steps and you will undo the damage to your hair and skin from summer and be ready to start a new fall season.

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