// Summer is over, leaving behind many good memories, but also a bunch of things you should take care of before the cold days arrive. If you don’t know where to start, here are 6 things you must not skip before the autumn comes.
// CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET
With autumn comes the perfect time to make room in your closet for a new season. Put away your summer clothes in a different closet or on the top shelf, where they won’t get in the way. Sort your autumn clothes and throw away pieces that don’t fit or are out of fashion. Try to maximise storage space by folding bulky sweaters instead of hanging them, or create extra partitions using shelf risers. Use affordable hooks that can be easily removed to keep scarves and belts tidy and within reach. Remember to put your favourite pieces to the front to avoid making a mess while trying to dig them out.
// TRIM YOUR HAIR
A post-summer haircut is a good step to prepare your hair for the cold and dry weather. A light trim will cause less knotting and easier hairstyling. Plus, split ends will make your hair look thinner and stringy. Try deep conditioning treatments to repair some of the sun damage and keep your hair well moisturised to retain a frizz-free texture.
// TAKE CARE OF YOUR FACE
If you’re trying to keep your summer tan during the fall, you shouldn’t. Dead and flaky skin will you’re your pores and make your face look dull and tired. Make sure to exfoliate properly to retain healthy skin during the cold and dry weather. You can even exfoliate your flaky and chapped lips with a homemade lip scrub. Also, protecting your lips with natural lip balms will make them soft and smooth all through the winter. Even though the summer’s over, don’t forget to protect your skin form UV rays using sunscreen with moisturisers and UV-blockers.
// GET RID OF IMPERFECTIONS
Summer doesn’t affect only the face. The sun leaves us with a lot of different skin changes across the whole body, such as pigmentation, wrinkles, dry and loose skin. Autumn is the perfect time for attacking these conditions, since the weather is colder and exposure to the sun is limited. Make sure to use body lotions with glycerin and lots of Vitamin E. These lotions hydrate the skin and restore natural elasticity and freshness.
// MODIFY YOUR DIET
With the colder weather come many health problems that you can avoid or alleviate with a proper diet. Make sure your stomach flora is strong and well balanced with prebiotic foods like leek, garlic and onion, sweet potato, bananas and green veggies. During the fall and winter, people get less sun exposure, which can result in Vitamin D deficiency. To stop that from happening, drink full fat milk and eat fatty cheeses. Make sure you don’t go low on zinc, so eat plenty of seafood (or pumpkin seeds if you’re a vegetarian). Now your body will be ready to fight any illness during autumn and winter.
If you prepare before autumn comes correctly, you’ll see that it’s not half as bad as everyone says it is. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll enjoy the cold weather like never before.