Who doesn’t love the fall season? Great food is always around, the smell of cinnamon and rain surrounds you, hot cocoa is a necessity, and you can pull out those adorable sweaters you’ve bought over the year and finally sport them in public.
However, as with any season, fall comes with a few health-related stipulations that you absolutely should consider before jumping head first into it. From dry skin to the food you choose to eat, every decision matters when it comes to your health and that’s why we chose to compile ten of the most essential health and beauty tips of the fall season.
1. Don't forget to exfoliate
With a season like fall, you are bound to face some more crisp and dry air. Unlike the humid air you’ve been facing the last few months courtesy of summer, fall air is extremely damaging to your skin and that is why finding a good exfoliation product is key.
This will help your pores to open despite the cold weather and remove any dirt or sweat that is trapped within them. If you are prone to getting more pimples during this season, exfoliation truly is the answer to your problem.
2. Protect your lips from drying out
Along with dry skin, you are bound to experience dry lips as well. This can be a serious pain for those of us that enjoy a good dark lip color during the fall season. After all, no one likes to try to put lipstick on dry, cracked lips.
Furthermore, these cracks can lead to bleeding and infection when eating food which could lead to an even more serious issue in time. The best thing to do in order to prevent this lip damage is to use natural lip scrubs that will exfoliate and moisturize your lips. This will not only help your lips steer clear of dryness but will also help them to look plump and soft so they can be a perfect canvas for all the dark lip colors in the world.
3. Use a good moisturizer
It’s really a no-brainer that it’s a necessity to use a good moisturizer during dry seasons. After all, exfoliation isn’t everything and moisturizing is kind of like that second step in the process to healthy skin year-round. A good moisturizer will reduce the cracking of your skin and will also keep your skin looking younger for longer.
In fact, the benefits of moisturizer are even more powerful than you may have previously thought. Not only do they reduce wrinkles and dryness but they also help your complexion to look less dull and flaky during the colder seasons. Moisturizer can also reduce redness which is good for makeup and foundation application.
4. Choose color palettes for the season
Who doesn’t love a deep red ombre or a fierce smokey eye during the fall season? The truth is that it actually is good to stick with colors that match the season as it will help your lighter complexion look more natural.
Furthermore, it’s true that feeling good about yourself has been proven to actually help your outer appearance and looking fierce during the fall season is a great way to do just that. So, maybe you choose to go for that cute, playful bob, dye your hair a deeper color, or even just switch up the color palette you normally utilize with your eye makeup. No matter what, you’ll know that your witty and outgoing personality will be shining through for the world to see this fall season.
5. Protect your hair from fall frizz
The way you treat your hair during different seasons should definitely change. Although you may not realize it, your hair reacts to different times of the year in different ways and this includes becoming very frizzy during the fall time. The reason for this is that as your hair becomes more dry, it seeks moisture from its surrounding elements.
During the fall when the air tends to have moisture from rain and snow, your hair will latch on to this unhealthy moisture and frizz. The best thing to prevent this is to use hair masks frequently and also provide your hair with the moisture and strength it deserves through coconut oil and damage repairing shampoo and conditioner brands.
6. Eat healthier meals
I know it’s shocking but your outside appearance isn’t everything. In fact, the things you eat and the chemicals you ingest are a huge part of your skin and body’s health. Because the fall season is nowhere near as comfortable for exercise and also doesn’t provide you with heat that leads to sweating, the food you eat is primarily stored inside.
This is where most people face fall weight gain issues and, obviously, holidays such as Halloween and Thanksgiving don’t really help either. The best thing you can do is eat six meals per day, watch your macronutrients, meal prep, and steer clear of the sugars, carbs, and chemicals that are nothing but harmful to your body and overall health.
7. Find a fall and winter-specific sunscreen
Most people never think twice about sunscreen after the summer season ends but this is a complete mistake. Although the sun may not be beating down as badly as it might during the summertime, the exposure to sunlight alone is reason enough to find a quality fall and winter-specific sunscreen and stick with it.
In fact, some foundation brands even have products that function as both sunscreen and foundation at once which is a great way to ensure you never forget to apply it in the morning and also don’t affect your makeup through said application.
8. Remove your makeup at night
Although this isn’t necessarily a fall-specific health and beauty tip, removing your makeup at night is the best way to ensure your pores are not clogged throughout the night and your face is hydrated properly.
Before going to bed, be sure to use a wet wipe and remove everything including the foundation and primer from your face so that your skin can breathe while you sleep. Furthermore, since dark colors are highly popular during the fall season, leaving your makeup on can also lead to unsightly blackheads from the pore blockage.
9. Rember to hydrate
As stated above, what you put in your body is truly just as important as what you put on it. Therefore, one of the best keys to a healthy complexion and body is drinking the correct amount of water daily. The truth is that most people only drink about one bottle of water per day but the recommended amount is actually eight whole glasses.
The best way to ensure you get the right amount of water per day is to carry a refillable water bottle with you and track your water intake via any of the various mobile apps dedicated to water tracking. This will allow you to keep track of how much water you drink per day and make adjustments in order to help your overall internal and external health despite the fall season being far drier than the summer and spring seasons.
10. Bundle up when it's cold
The fall season is known for bringing various airborne viruses and leading to sickness as well as allergies. Most people will face the vast majority of their yearly illnesses during this season which is why being clean is so important. Watching your hygiene isn’t enough, however, and this is where bundling up comes into play.
During the fall season, keeping warm and keeping your body temperature high is a great way to ensure that flu viruses are unable to survive in your system. Viruses prey on low body temperatures and this is why you get fevers during sicknesses. Therefore, keeping warm is the best way to stay healthy and avoid that flue that’s ‘going around’ time and time again.
In the end, the key is to grab that pumpkin spice latte, carve those pumpkins, enter those corn mazes, and experience everything fall has to offer without losing your body’s health in the process. So, next time you put on that festive scarf and head out to enjoy the reds, oranges, and yellows of the season, don’t forget to exfoliate, moisturize, and be aware of the things your body and skin need to flourish.