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Love your skin this FALL

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Temps are lowering and the energy of the new season is in the air...finally. Fall is a beautiful time of year, filled with transition, harvesting of crops for storage, gathering supplies for the colder months of winter and the return of the beloved PSL (pumpkin spice latte) at every coffee shop in town. Apples, pumpkins, spiced cider, and the welcoming of ghouls and goblins is around the corner. Fall is an exciting time of the year and the entrance to the holiday season.

Here are some tips for keeping skin hydrated and glowing when heaters turn on and start to dry the skin.

- Eat colorful, water-rich veggies
- Switch soap based face wash for an oil-based cleanser/moisturizer
- Exfoliate with sugar salts (sugar is more hydrating and less irritating to the skin than salt)
- Use a toner that hydrates the skin: PQ's Desert and Coastal cleanser won't strip the skin of moisture. Aloe and Yucca are hydrating to the skin.
- Add a humidifier to your bedroom when sleeping

Autumn offers delicious fruits and vegetables that provide nutrients to our bodies for staying healthy. Here is a go-to list that you can easily have in your home this fall and winter season.

Apples
These delicious fruits are high in B vitamins and antioxidants. Sweet to the taste and full of healthy properties to combat cell damage - but keep that peel on because the majority of the antioxidants are in the skin.

Carrots
An excellent source of beta-carotene and an antioxidant that converts to vitamin A to protect the skin from free radical damage. Tastes great when served with a ginger and maple glaze.

Pomegranate
This fruit is a powerhouse of antioxidant, photoprotective, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Pomegranate aids in the production of collagen to support the skin's structure and vitamin E rich for protection from free radicals.

Cranberries
The juice of this berry is potent in anti-inflammatory properties and also helps with controlling acne breakouts.

Beets
Colorful, rich in potassium, fiber, vitamins A, B and C, and magnesium. You can "beet" those fine lines and wrinkles. (I had too, it's just too easy to say!)

Cauliflower
This plant has become very popular in today's menus and food envy how-to posts on social media. From crusts to soups to roasted pasta, full of folate and helps the skin retain moisture and promotes cell growth.

Summer is over, and that means the skin can rest and settle back into a routine of hydration and nourishment. Start the season off positive with booking a facial, or try an at-home exfoliator using sugar or oats to remove dead skin and build up. Glowing skin comes from the inside and eating a nutrient-rich diet along with rest will keep you looking and feeling radiant through the upcoming holidays.

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