Fall is a transitional season that moves us from those long, hot summer days to the short, chilly days of winter. During this season it’s important that your skin care routine correct any damage that occurred in the summer, while fortifying and preparing your skin for the cold winter ahead. To adjust your skin care routine to the fall months, check out our fall skin care tips below.
It’s time to get rid of those old skin cells that are flaking and drying from your last summer tan. Gentle exfoliation will facilitate the process and reveal new, healthy skin cells underneath. Choose an oil-based scrub that will also hydrate your skin. Contrary to belief, these oil-based products are even appropriate for oily skin. Natural oils can dissolve sebum (facial oil) while providing the moisture you need.
2. Avoid harsh soaps.
Another change in your shower or bath routine is to be more mindful of the soap you are using. Many soaps on the market can damage your skin barrier and promote drying, which is made worse by pants and long-sleeved shirts that rub against your skin throughout the day and wick away the natural moisture. Instead, choose a gentle oil-based cleanser which will add the hydration you need during this time of the year.
3. Maximize your moisturizer.
The summer sun can rob your skin of moisture, so it’s time to correct the problem before it is made worse by winter’s cold temperatures and damaging winds. Now that you’ve exfoliated and used the proper cleanser, it’s time to pack on even more moisture in the transitional fall months. Like the tip listed above, fall is a good time to use an effective moisturizer that provides a barrier to help prevent water loss. The best time to apply a moisturizer is right after your shower or bath, and remember to moisturize every single day.
4. Don’t forget sunscreen.
It is incorrect and potentially dangerous to assume that sunscreen is only for the summer. Ultraviolet rays penetrate through the atmosphere in any season – including fall – and any weather – including both clear and cloudy autumn days. Your skin still needs protection, particularly for your face which is still exposed to the elements as you begin to bundle up in response to the colder weather.
5. Protect your lips.
One particular part of your face that cannot be ignored is your lips. The cooler temperatures and breezy conditions of fall can cause dry lips including cracking and splitting. As we draw closer to winter, the risk gets even greater, so defend your lips with a moisturizer or even better, a moisturizer that includes SPF.
6. Keep hand cream handy.
The colder temperatures of winter causes hands to become dry and cracked, and for many of us it’s not a question of if this is going to happen but a question of when. Dry hands are also caused by the amount of washing that we do in the fall and winter in order to prevent the spread of germs. The good news is that you can prepare your hands for late-fall and winter months by moisturizing your hands regularly.
7. Introduce serums to your routine.
Facial serum packs a big punch in a small package, and if you’re not currently using a serum then this fall is a perfect time to incorporate one into your skin care routine. Serums are light, fast-absorbing and efficient. A one ounce bottle of serum can last for several months, but it delivers high concentrations of vitamins and antioxidants that help improve sun damage and fight the appearance of aging skin.
Fall is the perfect time to right the wrongs of the summer sun and fortify your skin for the cold months of winter. Follow these fall skin care tips to tweak your regular skin care routine, and achieve beautiful, healthy skin.