Updated: Apr 17
Typically, summer provides us with lovely weather which can help with the condition of our skin. Less stress, more moisture, and some beneficial sun rays can all factor into why our skin can be so much better in the summer. However, it's important to remember to still look after your skin and take care of it.
You should change your skincare routine if the weather where you live changes with the seasons. Cool, dry air in the fall and winter can drain moisture from exposed skin. Applying moisturizer regularly is a must-make move.
Warm indoor heating, cool outdoor weather, there are lots of small changes in the seasonal transition. While the fall season isn’t the coldest of seasons, it is definitely a preview for the upcoming Winter, and a newer approach to skincare most likely will be needed.
During the warmer months, we tend to wear lighter products such as BB creams and lip glosses. These products are perfect during the summer when the skin needs to breathe, and the only protection we really worry about is sunscreen. The intense dry indoor heat we experience from October is responsible for reducing the moisture levels in our skin, leading to dehydration. Heading outside into cooler weather can also be harsh, causing cracking, dry and chapped skin. Here are a few things to remember to keep angry skin at bay:
The lack of moisture around us during Fall/Winter makes our skin cells die quicker. This is why exfoliating is a real key step for our skincare routines. Once the dead skin cells are removed, your hydrating products, such as moisturizers and masks, can penetrate into the skin without being stopped by a build-up of dead skin cells.
For dryer skin, you can exfoliate up to 3-4 times a week depending on the strength of your exfoliant.
Electrical exfoliators, like clean brushes are great because you can use them alongside your favorite face wash, helping to lift dirt from the skin and provide an effective cleanse.
As the air during fall becomes drier, our skin becomes drier too. Switching between the warm indoor heat and cold, windy weather only makes your skin more parched. A good layer of thicker, richer moisturizer will keep your skin flake-free and hydrated.
It is recommended to apply twice a day, but keep in mind that if you have very dry skin, moisturizing alone might not be enough. Instead, think about adding a hydrating serum to your routine. Serums contain smaller molecules than moisturizers, allowing them to penetrate deeper into the skin, working into the dermis. Serums come packed with active vitamins and minerals to target specific skin concerns (like aging and dryness) leaving the skin more youthful and hydrated.
Dermatologist-Approved Ways to Change Up Your Skincare Routine for Fall:
For sensitive skin, hydrate with elastin, collagen, or aloe. ...
Switch to a thicker moisturizer.
Use a lip moisturizer and add eye creams.
Don't use exfoliants and retinoids as frequently if you are going through drier than normal periods.
Continue using sunscreen.
Add vitamin C to your regimen.