It’s September, so it’s officially Fall! Even though it may not feel like it, you should start prepping your skin for Fall and impending Winter. Read on below for some suggestions of things you can do to prepare!

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Moisturize with Squalene

As the weather becomes less humid in the Fall, your skin is going to become drier. That’s because there is less moisture in the air for your skin to absorb. Try adding a serum or moisturizer that has squalene in it.  Squalene is a substance that occurs naturally in our bodies and many other animals and plants. It’s one of the many natural lipids your body produces to lubricate and protect your skin. Squalene is a better option than a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid because hyaluronic acid requires moisture from the air (humidity) to work properly. Something to keep in mind is that squalane (the hydrogenated version) is usually made from sharks. If this is something that bothers you, don’t worry. Squalene is derived from plants and is the same substance!

Exfoliate or peel 

If you gave your skin a bit of a beating this summer in terms of sun exposure, exfoliating once or twice a week or getting a chemical peel may be a good option for you. This will help remove hyperpigmentation and damaged skin caused by sun damage.

Jade roll or use an ice pack mask

Heat and sun exposure in the summer can cause flushed skin. To cool things down, pop a jade roller or mask in the freezer. The cold will help ease inflammation caused by heat and sun exposure.