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HEALTH: AUTUMN-PROOFING YOUR SKIN. JOSHUA FOX, M.D., a leading dermatologist, founder of ADVANCED DERMATOLOGY in New York and Long Island, and a spokesperson for the AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY: “As summer turns to autumn and the green leaves turn red, yellow and orange, your skin also changes with the season. While the autumn weather may encourage outdoor activities, your skin will retain less moisture because of the cooler, drier air. The same happens indoors as the heat goes on and up. Key symptoms of ‘autumn skin’ include dryness, fine lines, dull and sallow skin tone, sun and age spots, flaking and irritation, as well as the flare-up of some chronic conditions. Your skin can remain beautiful and glowing if you treat it correctly and make some minor adjustments to your beauty regime to account for the change of seasons. During the fall, the skin needs extra nourishment and protection. Three things that everyone should do to protect their skin in the autumn include drinking lots of water to remain hydrated, applying moisturizer before going outside to give it time to be absorbed and, importantly, continuing to use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.