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Here’s how to help your skin transition to colder weather

Experts share their favorite products and foods to help prep your skin.

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Cold, wind and stress are just some culprits that lead to skin sensitivity in the fall and winter seasons. And the constant movement between heated indoors to the freezing streets doesn't make dryness and skin tightening any better.

But just because the temperatures are colder doesn't mean your skin should suffer. We reached out to Rochelle Jacobs, owner and co-creator of Naturally Serious, and Dr. Christopher Calapai, an Osteopathic Physician board-certified in family medicine to offer the best ways (and foods) to help our skin survive the frigid temperatures—especially if you're pregnant.

"Pregnant skin can be more sensitive to seasonal changes," says Jacobs. "As we head into cooler weather, it is important to ensure that you are following a full skin care regiment that focuses and promotes hydration. It is always recommended that you have your healthcare provider review all products your using throughout your pregnancy."

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Jacobs also recommends moisturizing your entire body—not just your face. "It's especially important to keep your entire body moisturized, otherwise your tummy can get super itchy which is no fun," she says. "It's always great to add a few drops of your go to essential oils for extra moisture."


Here's what you can do to help your skin as we transition into fall:

1. Use cream cleansers.

Cleanser is an extremely important component of a fall skin care routine. "Cream cleansers are ideal for drying months as they bring additional moisture to the skin while also exfoliating," says Jacobs.

Editor pick: Tata Harper purifying cleanser

2. Exfoliate often.

After a summer full of using sunscreen and extra perspiration, you need to ensure you remove the layers of buildup and dead skin. "Certain skin types can be prone to increased sensitivity in summertime from heat, chlorine, and sun, exfoliation should be minimal," says Jacobs. "But in the fall season, exfoliation is imperative when it comes to repairing and brightening the complexion."

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3. Apply heavier creams.

"A lightweight moisturizer will be enough for most skin types in the summer, but when the weather begins to cool, it's important to incorporate a daily cream that builds your skin's moisture barrier," says Jacobs.

Editor pick: Lhamour coconut lip balm + Oyin Handmade whipped shea butter

Dr. Christopher Calapai explains what foods can help your skin glow and remain healthy for the fall:

1. Avocado contains fats which help to lubricate the skin and protect it from damage, and also promote clear, youthful skin. Avocados also contain anti-aging properties.

2. Oatmeal contains a large number of antioxidants, along with vitamins and minerals that improve skin health. The fibers in oatmeal also help slough away dead skin and prevent redness when applied topically.

3. Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A, which helps to lock in moisture, give your skin a healthy glow and protect it from split ends and dryness.

4. Carrots contain the carotenoids beta carotene and lycopene, both of which help shield your skin against UV damage.

5. Grapefruit contains carotenoid, which will make your skin smooth. When buying grapefruit, opt for one with a red-pinkish hue because these colors are from lycopene and it means the fruits are loaded with carotenoids.

6. Broccoli contains vitamin C, which synthesizes collagen, a protein that keeps the skin firm helping to protect from wrinkles.

7. Spinach and dark, leafy greens like kale are filled with iron, omega-4 fatty acids and vitamins A, B and E, which protect skin and improve your immune system. The phytochemicals and folates also help hydrate skin and keep it healthy.

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In contrast to items you use for a short period of time, convertible (or multi-use) products are made to grow with your baby… and trust us, that makes them worth their weight in gold.

Convertible items allow you to reap the benefits of your baby registry for years to come—and that's just savvy shopping, mama. Also savvy shopping? Creating your baby registry with Target and enjoying their Year of Benefits registry program for expectant parents. Just by starting your registry, you will get a welcome kit with more than $100 in coupons and samples, two 15% off coupons to complete your registry, and a full year of returns. And Target's newest registry perk, the Year of Exclusive Deals, gives you discounts on essentials for your baby's whole first year when you sign up for Target Circle as well.

If you prioritize value and longevity when creating your registry, here are 10 items you'll love from day one through day 1,000… and beyond!


A crib that can grow through childhood + beyond

Simmons Kids Slumbertime Monterey 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

A crib is a necessity as you plan for life with your baby—you know that already. But what about in a couple of years when they need a toddler bed? Or a few years beyond that when they graduate to a bigger bed? Well, you're in luck: With the right attachments, this bed can be the only one they need until college.

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A cozy blanket for snuggles + security

Plush Velboa Baby Blanket I Love You - Cloud Island\u2122 White/Black

Blankets have earned their spot on millions upon millions of registries for good reason: They function as stroller covers or play mats during the early days, then become beloved security items in the toddler years.

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A comfy spot for feeding + stories

Baby Relax Addison Swivel Gliding Recliner

During your first months of motherhood, a comfortable gliding chair will be your second home as you spend time feeding and bonding. As your child grows (and mobility makes those snuggles harder to catch), you'll discover a new love for this cozy spot for stories and bedtime snuggles.

$329.99

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Sealy Cozy Rest Extra Firm Crib and Toddler Mattress

Fun fact: A standard crib and toddler bed actually use the same size mattress. That's why it's smart to get a quality crib mattress right out of the gate: One less thing to change up in a few years!

$59.99

A changing table that doubles as a dresser

Simmons\u00ae Kids Monterey 4 Drawer Dresser with change top

If space is at a premium in your baby's nursery, look for a combination changing table and dresser. That way, you can keep using the dresser long after your little one is potty trained.

$319.99

A car seat that converts to a booster

Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

The safest place for your child is in the backseat of your car, in either a car seat or (later) booster. But instead of buying a new seat for each phase, you can check off multiple boxes at once by adding a convertible car seat to your registry.

$159.99

A stroller that accommodates big kids, too

Graco FastAction Jogger LX Stroller

The need for a good stroller doesn't end when your little one learns to walk, so look for a stroller that can accommodate bigger kids, too. We recommend a jogging stroller that allows you to attach an infant car seat and is still perfectly spacious for toddlers.

$146.99

A place to dine for years to come

Ingenuity SmartClean Trio Elite 3-in-1 High Chair - Slate

From first bites to family dinners around the table, one single high chair can be the solution you need. That is, if you look for a version that adapts into a booster seat when your child is ready for a plate at the table.

$99.99

A white noise machine + alarm clock in one

Hatch Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise

After spending months listening to ambient noise in the womb, white noise remains incredibly comforting for your child. It's nice to have a sound machine that can transition to a time-to-rise clock down the line. By cueing with sounds and colors, these clocks reinforce healthy sleep habits.

$59.99

A baby carrier that can haul a toddler, too

Infantino Flip 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier

A carrier is a major help when your baby loves being held, but you need use of your hands. But even months or years down the line, you can still get use out of that carrier. To maximize longevity, look for one that can be used with your child facing outward or even carried on your back as they grow.

$29.99

Enjoy building your registry with Target, mama! The Year of Benefits is calling your name with a Year of Exclusive Deals available via Target Circle, two 15% off coupons, a year of hassle-free returns, a free welcome kit and more! 😉

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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