During the summer months, our sweat and activity call for a light touch to our skin care routine (you do have one, right?). But moving into Fall, our skin changes and needs a different approach to keep it feeling soft and hydrated. Here are some tips to care for your skin during this transitional time. If you don’t do anything else for your skin, do these things:

#5 Change your cleanser

We know, we know. There are a lot of you that don’t do anything special for cleaning your face. But really, you need to. It’s so simple, and you’ll be amazed at the results. During the Fall, you need to take a gentler approach to cleansing. Use something with hydrating and nourishing elements, like this Seriously Soothing Cleansing Cream from Acure.

#4 Use a toner

We are guessing a lot of you don’t use a toner. But don’t skip this step in the facial care process! It really helps add moisture and balance your skin. It also preps it for the final step: moisturizing. Avoid any toner that has alcohol in it – it’s too drying. You want something that calms, soothes and hydrates. Try our Wise Facial Toner (for established women) and you won’t be disappointed.

#3 Change your moisturizer

You DO use something on your face, right? Your skin in the Fall and Winter months produces less oil, and that means it will feel drier. And being outside in the elements – even if your barn is heated – dries your skin even faster. So try using a more potent moisturizer and preferably one that offers some protection to carry you through the day. Our Abundant Facial Serum with a base of Jojoba Oil is ideal. You might also want to try using a special moisturizer around your eyes. We like this product from Pai: Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream.

#2 Turn down the water temp

When we get in from the barn, we’re cold! So a long, hot shower feels amazing. But that actually wreaks havoc on your skin! It strips away oil and can lead to dry and scaly skin. To avoid it, use a slightly less hot water temp and keep your showers short. Then pat, don’t rub your skin, and apply a moisturizer while your skin is still damp.

And the #1 Tip: Drink more water

Simple but not always easy. During the cold months, we are always conscious of how much water our horses are drinking. But what about ourselves? It’s easy to decrease our intake because it’s colder and we don’t feel thirst in the same way as when it’s hot. But drinking water is perhaps the most important line of defense you can offer your skin. Get creative and try a thermos of hot water with lemon, or try drinking room temperature water. It doesn’t have to be cold water to be beneficial! So up that H2O intake!

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