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Natural Ways to Plump Up Skin for Fall

Aug 30, 2012 07:09PM

Once summer’s warmth and humidity give way to fall’s cooler, dryer and windier days, skin can lose its healthy plumpness and vital glow. Stress, poor nutrition, lack of water, inadequate sleep, free radicals and ultraviolet radiation can also take their toll, leaving our complexions dry and depleted. Dirt and grime that penetrate the pores can disrupt the skin’s natural protective barrier, making it more susceptible to blemishes and allowing precious moisture to escape, causing sagging skin and wrinkles.

Edwina Clark, CEO of Nature’s Glow, based in Wylie, Texas, says, “To help skin stay plump and smooth during the fall and winter seasons, eat a variety of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water and get adequate sleep.” She also recommends following a set of natural strategies for cleansing and moisturizing. First, wash your face with a gentle cleanser and tepid water to remove the initial layer of dirt and dead skin cells. Next, take a steamy shower or use a facial steamer for at least five minutes. The steam will swell and soften the skin around your pores to allow for deeper cleansing.

Place a teaspoon of baking soda in your palm and add a squirt of facial cleanser and a few drops of water to create a paste. Smooth this on your skin in a gentle, circular motion to remove the last bits of dirt from your pores and help them shrink. Baking soda is safe and gentle enough to use regularly as a natural exfoliant.

Steam the face for another five minutes to allow your freshly washed skin to absorb more moisture. Finally, apply a moisturizer and pat your face with a cold, damp towel to shrink the pores and engage the skin’s natural protective barrier to resist blemishes and decrease moisture loss. Repeat this process often, and your skin will be plumper and smoother by Thanksgiving.

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