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Now that fall is officially upon us, it’s time to make sure you are staying up-to-date on what products you need to be using this season! Skin care is a year round commitment. I say commitment because it takes a lot to know what works best for your skin depending on the time of year, and at our age, nothing seems to stay as consistent, so it can be a hassle. Like anything else, skin is all about change and unfortunately there is no true universal way because skin regimens and what is needed depends on genetics after all! With that being said, my switches could differ from yours, but here is a list that can be pretty universal – just make sure you know what products are best for you. And for those that do not know, my products will also be listed. I have pretty dry skin during the colder months and can be kind of breakout prone so I keep my eyes open for products and food that will do the best for those things.

1. Trade your light moisturizer for a heavier one

I am a huge advocate of Glossier’s moisturizers because they are great for hydrating my face as well as leaving a dewy affect on the face. In spring/summer I use Priming Moisturizer, and when it is time for fall/winter I switch over to Glossier’s thicker formula, Priming Moisturizer Rich.

2. Find a good serum

Serum’s can be found anywhere for all types of prices. I do not have a favorite serum brand, but I do always try and find serums that contain hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5, since that is best for hydrating the skin. Right now, the brand I use is Vajean Labs – you can purchase it at Urban Outfitters! (Or, I’ve gotten lucky finding this brand at T.J. Maxx for half the price).

3. Add to your diet

Another skin hack I have picked up for this time of the year has more to do with what you eat. After all, you are what you eat, so make some good choices so your skin does not suffer. I keep mentioning hyaluronic acid because it is so hydrating and you’ll never look tired. The serum I mentioned in point number two is amazing for feeling refreshed and plump. In order to feel good from the inside out, I try and incorporate some foods that contain hyaluronic acid such as: citrus fruits, red meats, and potatoes! Yes, potatoes. These are just to name a few that can easily be added to your diet in some sort of way!

4. A good body scrub

Do not neglect your body. Most scrubs you can purchase usually recommend usage two to three times a week, and that’s all you need! Make sure you scrub away the dead skin and moisturize your whole body to keep it hydrated and smooth. My favorite scrub at the moment is Aesop’s Geranium Leaf Body Scrub. The scent is so earthy and natural, and it never feels to make my body feel amazing after a shower.

After a lot of trial and error, I have finally found a few consistent products that I know I can turn to. Of course, I have times where things do not work out like they used to, but it’s okay because that means it is time for experimentation! If you do not know what products are best for you, do some further research and find what fits best. If you already know, time to get to that solid routine considering some fall days in Virginia already feel like winter.

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Aja is a Junior at VCU studying Political Science. She loves going to brunch, working out, healthy eating and is overly obessed with the Kardashians & her three dogs (Cooper, Bentley and Lulu). You can follow her on Instagram @ajaerinmo!
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