Its official – summer is over (wah!). And unfortunately for us all, the sobering autumn weather has already set in. But remembering back to being in highschool, September also meant a new year, the start of being productive again, and beauty reinvention (one of my teachers once said that my hair color changed more frequently than a frequency on a cheap radio). Sometimes I think that the fall is even more of a “new beginnings” feel than January.
So, below are a few tips to making you feel refreshed and beautiful this season. Even though you may be overwhelmed with new work projects, getting the kids back into school or yourself back to class, it doesn’t mean you should set just a little bit of time to care for yourself and get down with some girlie fun. Plus, lets face it though the summer is good times, its sun, fun and heat take a toll on our skin and bodies – we will need a bit of autumn renewal.
1. Give your feet a tweak: After a summer in flip flops, my feet always need some TLC. Despite the fact it was pedicure season, and that I’ve seen so many cute nail colors, come fall we need to address those calluses we’ve created that season. Give yourself an at-home foot treatment starting with a good pumice on the soles of your feet. Then take a nail brush to your toes and slough off excess cuticle. Pure + Simple actually has a new nail brush with a pumice on its backside (plug,plug) that I heart. But for those of you who don’t have these items at home (I forget not everyone is an esthetician), any exfoliant you have will do if you combine it with some elbow grease. Be sure to follow up with a rich foot cream. If you do this before bed, apply your foot cream then put on a pair of old socks – your body heat will help the moisturizer penetrate more deeply overnight.
2. Its the perfect time to peel: Autumn is a transition season – we go from hot to cold, and our skin gets really dehydrated really fast. Because the sun and heat is not as strong, sun-exposure is limited making it a good time to peel. Remember, after a summer of cottage sunbathing and skipping around the city’s heat, our skin probably has acquired mucho damage. So, peeling – whether done by a professional at a spa or on our own at home, will help eat away dry, damaged, dead skin cells. I always say that the transition months are the most important times to receive a facial because it can help our skin and bodies bridge this shift and boost hydration during this adjustment.
3. Oil your bod: Everyone knows that I love oils. But in the fall, we must ensure we oil our bodies and scalps every night. It is a pivotal time which is deeply influenced by Vata (the air element). Vata governs movement and change – and also thrives in windy, cool autumn weather. The result of too much Vata in the environment is the accumulation of Vata in our bodies – this leads to drier skin, superficial fine lines, more scatteredness and problems sleeping during this time of year. Oiling ourselves is an excellent anti-Vata practice, and rich, grounding sesame oil both warms the body and decreases excess Vata.
4. Polish those pearly whites: I’m not one for coffee because caffeine makes me crazy and shaky – but for a lot of you the hotter months calls for iced lattes and frozen mocha frappes. So we will want to brush away any teeth stains pronto (if not from coffee, from summer social drinking). Just dip your tooth brush in some baking soda and scrub away! Your teeth will feel smoother than they have ever felt before. I remember putting too much chlorophyll in my water once and brushing my teeth over and over to get the green tint our of my mouth. None of my natural toothpastes would take it off (and panic set in), but a few swipes with baking soda and they were gleaming white again.
5. Choose new colors: When I was young I would change my look every September – from flamingo pink hair and Betsy Johnston Gingham dresses to Pitch black and combat boots, it was always fun to make myself over. Obviously now I go for more of an au naturel vibe – but still I like a new mineral lip gloss, blush and eyeshadow for fall. This year I’m picking out a mauvey brown lip lacquer, spice blush and a smokey purple eye shade called “royale”. Its time to retire my summer bronzer, candy pink lip gloss and anything with shimmer. I have so much sparkle in my make up bag, I’m about half a beat away from the days of body. Now, I don’t know what mid nineties rave I think I’m going to, but some more mature, romantic colors are a welcomed change. Because like I said, its time for fall beauty – back to life, back to reality.