If you're like most of us, adjusting to the time change hasn't been easy. Glancing out of an office window and seeing a pitch black sky at 5:00 p.m. can be slightly depressing. Not only does it affect our mood, it can also have a major impact on our skin.
Fear no more, because there's no longer a need to let the end of daylight saving time bring you down. Just because the sun sets a little earlier doesn't mean you can't still conquer your day with grace. There are many ways to keep your skin shining bright while also lifting your spirits during the cold, dark season.
Here are three easy pick-me-ups to help ease your early sunset troubles.
If you're spending the bulk of your day in an office, there's a strong possibility that your body isn’t getting the recommended amounts of vitamin D that it needs. In addition to making adjustments to your diet, applying Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare "Alpha Beta Glow Pads" for Body with Active Vitamin D ($45; nordstrom.com) topically will help boost the lost nutrients while adding a radiant glisten to the skin.
While that midday run to Starbucks will give your brain a jolt of energy, your skin also needs its own afternoon pick-me-up. Before the early sunset gets the best of you, reach for an energizing moisturizer around 3:00 p.m. Lancôme Énergie De Vie Dullness Relief & Energy Recharge Daily Lotion ($50; sephora.com) is the equivalent of an espresso shot for your skin. The revitalizing formula is known for curtailing any signs of fatigue while leaving skin with an enviable healthy glow.
In addition to the woes associated with dulling skin, early nightfall has been known to cause a form of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Combat the ailment with light therapy boxes. They're an effective treatment that mimics outdoor lighting and, according to Drew University's Center for Counseling and Psychological Service, this form of lighting has the ability to enhance your mood while reducing symptoms of SAD. Light therapy boxes like the Verilux HappyLight Liberty 5K Natural Spectrum Energy Lamp ($40; bedbathandbeyond.com) can be purchased over the counter, but prescriptive options to meet personal needs can be provided by a doctor.
Whatever course of skin care action strikes your fancy, take solace in knowing that it's only a matter of time before those longer days eventually return.