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Skincare During Autumn (How To Protect Your Skin And Face From The Negative Effects Of Cold Weather)

Updated on October 28, 2012

Every woman should know that taking care of your skin is divided into four important stages – protection, cleaning, hydration and energizing. That's the reason that with the coming of the cool fall weather, it's time to make a evaluation and revision of your cosmetics arsenal. It absolutely essential that you have a cream that says “protecting” on its label.

Please take into account the fact that the oiliness of the cream is in a direct correlation with the temperature inside and the time you spend outside each week – the colder it is, the oilier the cream should be. However, this is something you should be careful with – inside a warm room the cream also gets warmer and its higher temperature might cause your pores to get clogged.

Homemade Oatmeal Facial Mask

This is a face mask that refreshes the skin of the face quite well and is based on oatmeal and milk. To prepare the mask take one table spoon of oatmeal and pour 3 spoonfuls of warm milk on top of it. Give the oatmeal some time to soak up the liquid. Thank put the mixture on the skin of your face and neck. Let it stay there for 20 minutes and then wash it away with warm water.

Facial masks that you might be using during this time of year should have a lot of vitamins and should be protective. Of course, they don't need to be expensive. You could make a really effective face mask using everyday products that you surely have on the shelves of your fridge like the oatmeal facial mask described on the left.

It's best to provide nutrition for your skin at noon or in the evening (no later than 3 hours before bedtime since doing it later might cause swelling the next morning). Use nutritional masks and creams not more often than once a week. Remember that the when you are choosing a facial cream, you should base your decision foremost on your skin type and not on its price tag.

During fall the skin has to suffer from sudden drops in the temperature and has a hard time breathing which might cause dryness and pealing. That's why its important to have moisturizing lotions at your disposal wherever you are and to choose clothes that are made from natural textiles. Apply hydrating cosmetics in the evening or one hour before going out.

The cold weather makes it quite tempting to soak in the hot bathtub for a long time, but this is actually detrimental to your skin's health, because hot water treatments take away moisture from the skin. Additionally, you shouldn't use scrubs during this time of year, because they traumatize the skin's top layer, making it much more vulnerable to the negative effects of the colder weather. Scrubbing treatments should not be performed more often than one a week.

But putting all kinds of vitamin-rich creams and lotions on our skin would simple not be enough when the leaves start to fall and the weather starts getting worse. What we need to do is supply it with vitamins from the inside. Besides fruit and vegetable, which should be constant part of our diets, it's a good idea to consider vitamin and mineral supplements.

Don't forget that the skin needs to breathe naturally. That's why you shouldn't hide at home or at the office. Take advantage of the beauty of the season and the soothing colors of autumn and take care of your inner balance with pleasant and relaxing strolls in the park, short hikes in the nature or at least spending some peaceful time in the garden.


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