Seasonal Beauty: How to Tweak Your Routine for Fall

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So you've been reaching into the depths of your closet top pull out jeans and sweaters that match the slowly declining fall temps– am I right? Well it turns out that your hair and skin are calling out for a change as well.

Don't wait another moment for your beauty routine to get with the season. Let's look at some of the most important changes to make to your skin and hair care to embrace the autumn season...

SKIN

Exfoliate. Cell turnover slows as the weather cools, so keep your skin looking fresh by helping it out with exfoliation. The gentlest way to exfoliate is with an enzyme exfoliant, like Duchess Marden Damascena Enzyme Exfoliant.

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Hydrate. The body triples its urine output when the weather cools. Drink more water to stay hydrated, even though you may not be thirsty from heat.

Steam. Keep your skin clean and your pores clear by steaming your skin once each week. Boil a pot of water, remove from heat and add a few drops of essential oil. Cover your head with a towel and hold it above the pot for 2 minutes. Repeat. Rinse with cool water to close pores.

Moisturize. Skin damaged by summer sun needs extra moisture and time to repair. Help it along with beauty products that contain healing essential oils. Splurge on the incredible (worth every penny) rose-rich Double Rose Rejuvenating Cream from The Organic Pharmacy, full of deeply healing rosehip, rose geranium and rose oil. (Did I mention that it smells amazing?) Or make a more budget-friendly choice with Gabriel's Seaweed Nourishing Moisturizer, which also contains rosehip oil, as well as soothing cucumber extract. You might also try an intense moisturizing mask like Arcona's Wine Hydrating Mask, which contains borage, macadamia and carrot oils, as well as shea butter and vitamin E. Your skin will never feel as soft as after you've used this mask!

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HAIR

Repair & Restore. Your strands made it through the hot, dry summer, but my guess is that they are a little worse for wear. In addition to a seasonal trim of split ends, try an rich moisturizing treatment like John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner. The lavender oil in this formula slows hair loss and treats eczema on the scalp.

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Nourish. Strengthen hair from the inside by making sure to get enough zinc (pumpkin seeds, mushrooms, seafood) and iron (lentils, dried figs, cooked spinach) in your diet.