My Skin is Dry and Dull

6 skin saving tips for a smoother, hydrated, glowing complexion.
As the days shorten and autumn begins, it is important to prevent the moisture loss that comes with cooler temperatures and repair sun damage after the summer season. It is often during the change in season when our skin can appear less radiant, dull and dry.

1. Increase Your Healthy Fat Intake

Omega-3 fatty acids help to prevent dry skin by "hydrating" the body from the inside out. Add omega-3 rich foods such as cold-water fish, avocado, raw nuts and flax and chia seeds to your diet for a diverse source of animal and plant-based Omega-3 fatty acids.

Consider investing in a high quality Omega-3 supplement to boost levels of healthy essential fatty acids in the body, which are critical for soft, supple skin.

2. Add Antioxidants to Your Daily Routine

Enjoy foods rich in catechins, which help repair and protect skin from UV damage. The deeper and richer the color, the higher the catechin content. Try green tea, strawberries, blue and blackberries, apples, or cocoa.

3. Reintroduce Retinol

As we tend to get less sun exposure during the fall season, it's the perfect time to reintroduce products with retinol, a vitamin A derivative that encourages cellular turnover, revealing delicate, new skin that should be shielded from the sun's rays.

Use a night treatment formulated with retinol to refine skin's texture and even discoloration from sun exposure for a glowing complexion.

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4. Shield Skin From Environmental Skin Aging Aggressors

Colder weather means more times in doors, exposing skin to harsh environmental stressors such as drying heaters and lights. Protect your skin from environmental stressors and fluctuating weather conditions with a non-chemical, broad-spectrum sunscreen. Remember, even if you can’t see the sun’s rays, they can still reach you.

5. Exfoliate Smarter

It may be tempting to use a scrub or granule based exfoliator to fight dry, dull flakey skin caused by the change of season. However, exfoliating this way can damage skin by causing micro-tears, which can lead to wrinkles.

Exfoliate daily using a gentle peel with salmon egg enzymes to reverse damage from sun exposure by removing dead skin cells and stimulating the growth of fresh new skin.

6. Look for the Right Ingredients

To help heal dry, dull, damaged skin, look for products that contain ingredients with high levels of vitamin c ester, olive polyphenols and alpha lipoic acid.

Vitamin C Ester - brightens dull skin by visibly minimizing age spots, discoloration and the appearance of thinning of skin.

Tip: Look for a topical treatment with 15% vitamin c ester for dramatic results.

Olive Polyphenols - nourishes, soothes and hydrates skin by protecting the outermost portion of the cell, which is most susceptible to damage.

Alpha Lipoic Acid - provides customized hydration by managing oil production, minimizing skin surface imperfections and encouraging healthy cellular function.

While cool temperatures, high wind chills and drying indoor heating systems can impact skin, there is almost always underlying inflammation. This means that to successfully counter the causes of dry skin, a combination of diet, targeted treatments and supplements will produce the best- and fastest- results.

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