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5 Steps to Keep Your Skin Flawless for Fall

Step 1: Use a Hydrating Wash

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The only thing that should be crisp in the fall are leaves, not your skin! As temperatures outside drop, showers heat up, and guess what—that steamy stream is a one-way ticket to ashyville, especially if paired with the wrong cleanser. My tip? If your skin feels squeaky clean, you've overdone it, most likely with a harsh or abrasive soap. To avoid stripping the protective barrier, take a warm (not hot) shower, and try a hydrating, nourishing cleanser, such as Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash ($10; drugstore.com). This will leave you with long-lasting smooth and healthy skin after just one shower.

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Step 2: Add More Lube If You Need To

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If you start to see flakes (and I don't mean snow) make sure to add some extra lube. The best way to do it? Within minutes of stepping out of the shower, pat—do not rub—your skin dry and lock in additional moisture from the ambient humidity by putting on a lotion. Choose one that goes beyond basic moisturization—one that actually heals dry skin while protecting the barrier from environmental irritants. Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair is a prime pick ($8; target.com). My rule of thumb? As your clothes get heavier, so should your moisture game.

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Step 3: Clean Up from the Summer Sun

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Ultraviolet (UV) rays, create pesky little chemical particles called free radicals that wreak cosmetic havoc on the skin. These bugaboos cling to and weaken collagen, leading to wrinkles and saggy skin, not to mention freckling (they may look cute but they are a precursor to aging) or more persistent facial blotches. Antioxidants fight against free radicals, eating them up like Pac-Man pellets. The summer sun is famous for emitting loads of free radicals, leaving your skin in need of a fall cleanup!

A cult classic antioxidant among dermatologists is Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Serum ($163; dermstore.com). It works well and is cosmetically elegant, making it easy to layer under makeup or moisturizer. One more thing: Regardless of the season, don't forget to put on a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Protection is essential at all times of the year, not just during the summer.

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Step 4: Keep That Summer Glow

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There is definitely something about that summer glow. It is three months of vibrant, happy, "bye-bye concealer" skin. Maybe it's the lower stress levels, maybe it's the balm of the beach—whatever it is, it works. I am here to tell you there is no need to give up that glow as fall arrives. Use a product with hyaluronic acid (HA) to draw moisture into the skin. HA acts like a little micro-sponge, absorbing H2O, adding immediate radiance while simultaneously softening lines and plumping. Skinmedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator is a new kid on the block that will not disappoint ($169; lovelyskin.com).

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Step 5: Treat Your Feet

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Flip-flops, sandals, and slides are summer essentials but they take a toll on your heels. Before winter hits and you find that your feet have morphed into Brillo pads, take time in the fall for some rehab. Theraplex FT Exfoliating Emollient with Peppermint and Salicylic Acid is a sure thing if you're in pursuit of smooth soles ($15; dermstore.com). A good exfoliant and a fresh scent—you can see immediate results with once a day use.

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