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Keep using sunscreen—and other essential tips for fall skin care, mama

We've gathered seasonal tips from doctors and dermatologists, including what to try and what to avoid—especially if you have a baby on the way or are nursing.

Keep using sunscreen—and other essential tips for fall skin care, mama

Fall's cooler temperatures mean it's time to pop on a comfy sweater, pull on your boots, grab a cup of something warm and sweet—and think about changing up your skincare routine.

We've gathered seasonal tips from doctors and dermatologists, including what to try and what to avoid—especially if you have a baby on the way or are nursing.

1. Try gentler products


What works in the heat of summer doesn't necessarily work for your face in the fall. Dr. Marilyn Syrett, a physician and skin care expert, recommends a more mild cleanser or face wash in autumn. Dr. Syrett explains, "Avoid using soap or foaming cleansers as they tend to strip off the essential lipids in the skin. These products are best reserved for summer when the skin tends to be oilier. Cooler temperatures are accompanied by low humidity, which robs the skin of its intrinsic moisture."

This is a great time to try oil cleansing (we're huge fans!). Read dermatologist Dr. Sejal Shah's How-To Guide here.

2. Don't over wash

In addition to a gentler cleanser, Dr. Amy Newburger, a dermatologist, recommends washing your face no more than twice a day to make sure your face doesn't dry out. We LOVE our Clarisonic face brush, but scale back to no more than once a day during colder weather.

3. Keep using that sunscreen!

Just because temps are cooler, doesn't mean you should skip the sunscreen. Experts agree that SPF 30 is the best, but you can get by with SPF 15. This is particularly important if you're pregnant to prevent any blotchiness or uneven skin tone from becoming more pronounced.

Whatever sunscreen you choose, make sure it protects against both UVA and UVB. Dermatologist Sandra Marchese Johnson says her favorite sunscreen is "titanium dioxide and zinc oxide — they are powerful physical sunscreens and do not penetrate the skin." Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen gets high marks for being light on skin but effective against the sun.

4. Get that pumpkin glow


Eating pumpkin is great for your body—and your skin. When consumed, it's a great source of fiber and protein among other beneficial micronutrients. But when used as a beauty aid, it can help skin to defend itself from the sun, and can be used as an all-natural face mask to smooth and exfoliate. It might even help you glow!

5. Steer clear of harsh treatments

Avoid retinoids and salicylic acid. While just fine when not pregnant or nursing, there some skin care products you'll want to avoid as a mama-to-be or a new mom: retinoids (often found in anti-aging products) and salicylic acid—both of which can be particularly drying on the skin this time of year.

So what's a mama to do if she's struggling with acne? Your doctor can help recommend products that are safe for you and your little one, but many guide their patients towards products containing glycolic acid and alpha hydroxy acid. Also, consider more natural solutions like witch's hazel. Finally, be sure to talk with your doctor or dermatologist to find safe solutions for you.

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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