Posted on by David Williams

The summer sun is great for soaking up some vitamin D, but it can wreak havoc on your skin. As the glory days of sun and surf come to an end, you'll often find yourself facing dry, flaky skin that's clearly suffered a little too much sun.  Use these tips to soften and brighten your fall face.

  1. Don't Slack on Sunscreen
    Too many people think of sunscreen lotion as an accessory for the pool or beach, but not for daily wear. A healthy natural sunscreen is an essential part of your routine every day of the year. Though you may have less skin to cover as fall approaches, the following sun repair tips will be cancelled out if you don't start with this step. Choose light mineral sunscreen like Smart Stuff, that's free of harmful chemicals. Rich in natural oils and antioxidants, it can help begin the repair process even as it's battling the sun's rays today.

  1. Exfoliate Gently 
    The first step to restoring your skin is getting rid of that rough top layer. Exfoliate with a gentle product that’s non-irritating to gently remove dead cells without scratching the delicate skin beneath. There are many different types of exfoliating creams out there but whatever you choose, always exfoliate in the evening so your skin can recover overnight before you head back out into the world.

  1. Get Some Vitamin C
    You probably know about the amazing health benefit of vitamin C in the form of plump orange or bright citrus juice, but did you know it has topical perks as well? Applied to the skin, vitamin C is clinically provento repair photodamage, improve hydration, and increase collagen. A simple vitamin C serum can do wonders to repair sun damage from the summer. Add this to your regular routine for the best results.

  1. Nourish with Botanicals and Avoid Harmful Chemicals
    Natural botanical oils like jojoba, olive fruit, and avocado will nourish your skin cells. They naturally soften your skin and provide a beneficial anti-inflammatory effect to counteract some of the sun's damage. Another valuable place for botanicals in your beauty regimen is in your insect repellent. Products with DEET will aggravate skin that's already sensitive from a day in the sun. Choose a natural insect repellent instead and save your skin the irritation.

  1. Hydrate, and Then Hydrate Again!
    Your skin gets as dehydrated as your body after a long day in the sun. Your recovery regimen from a long summer should include ample hydration. Simply increasing your water intake may give your skin a new glow, particularly if you've been slacking in this department.