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Fall Skincare

It’s fall! Piles of red and gold hued leaves combine with a tsunami-like wave of Pumpkin flavored delicacies. As we approach the trifecta holiday season, we want to make sure we are changing our skincare, all the way to the new year. If you are like me and live where the temperatures are already starting to shift, I’m sure you can feel the change in atmosphere in your skin as well. A little more dryness, a few more visible wrinkles, some puffiness under the eyes, chapped lips, etc. These are messages from your skin asking you to change things up, because what worked for your summer skin is not working anymore. 

Below are some dietary and lifestyle do’s (and don’ts) to help keep your skin looking and feeling fantastic! 


  1. Hydration. Appropriate hydration allows our skin to maintain its elasticity and look plump and bright. We have better skin texture, less redness, and less wrinkles when our skin is appropriately hydrated. True hydration comes intracellularly, so drinking quality water, taking electrolyte or mineral supplements, and eating foods with high water content (cucumbers, melons, grapefruit, etc.), gives skin that smooth supple feel. 
  2. Inflammation is the enemy of healthy, glowing skin. Fortunately, there are many diets that support the body’s management of inflammation. Healthy fats (see next point), green-leafy vegetables, green tea, high vitamin-C foods (kiwis, red peppers, strawberries, parsley, etc.). 
  3. Healthy fats are vital for skin repair. Foods such as flax oil, olive oil, and fatty fish. Pumpkin also has fat soluble vitamins that the skin loves. 
  4. The skin can also be hydrated and protected from the outside by switching to a heavier moisturizer, regularly using hydrating face masks and using oils on the face at night such as argan, evening primrose, black currant seed, and/or avocado. Be careful with toners or acne products that are “drying” since those can exacerbate already dehydrated skin. 


  1. Stress! The rallying cry of the holidays is a disaster for skin. Stress releases high levels of cortisol, reducing the body’s ability to reduce inflammation. This decrease means less capacity for your skin to heal and turnover as well. 
  2. Portion size isn’t just for waist-size anymore. Overeating is a holiday tradition – if you want to keep your skin healthy, avoid overeating. Blood sugar spikes and increased insulin causes inflammation in the body and especially in the blood vessels. Vascular inflammation results in circulation issues and can show up in your skin through redness, rashes, irritation or even acne. 
  3. Sleep. One bad night of sleep can instantly make skin look dull, puffy and red. Getting enough deep, consistent, sleep supercharges skin’s natural repair process. If you don’t wake up feeling rejuvenated after a full night of rest or if you wake up multiple times throughout, you may be sleep deprived. Fix your sleep and your skin will follow. 

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About The Author

Functional Medicine & Nutrition
Dr. Brandy Zachary, DC, IFMCP
Body Love Cafe

Dr. Brandy Zachary, DC, IFMCP discovered the power of Functional Medicine first hand when a “mystery illness” left her declared permanently disabled. Unwilling to accept that diagnosis, she fought back and launched Body Love Cafe, an award-winning holistic health clinic.

BLC is all about natural medicine that meets cutting-edge science to provide answers as to why you don’t feel well. We hear you. We see you. We believe you. It’s not in your head and we’ve got the technique and labs to show why.

Patients have said “Dr. Zachary figures out why you feel like crap but your MD says you’re fine.” 

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