As we transition into autumn and the weather changes, there is a lot to get excited for…fall foliage, hot cider, and of course- pumpkin everything!! However, while we step outside to enjoy the crisp weather and sweep up those leaves- be mindful that the way our skin reacts to the new temperatures changes too. During summer, there’s often more humidity to help moisture stay in the skin and protect its barrier. As we approach the cooler months, the air gets drier outside and inside with the operation of heaters. When skin starts losing moisture, the barrier can get disrupted, causing increased sensitivity, dryness, and irritation.
So it’s not just trendy to change up your skincare routine for fall—it’s crucial for maintaining healthy, happy skin year round. Here are a few skincare tweaks you can make to fortify against the cooler temps and drier air.
1.For those of us with sensitive Skin, please hydrate With elastin, collagen, or aloe
People with sensitive skin, or with conditions like psoriasis or eczema, might experience a burning sensation or feel overly sensitive for a few days (even weeks) during the transition of seasons. Our experience shows that the best thing you can do is hydrate and coat your skin with essential oils, serums, and creams. Nourish your skin with elastin and collagen to aid in the recovery process. Coat your skin with cold-processed aloe and thicker creams as your skin builds and exfoliates.
2. The time has come to switch to a thicker moisturizer
Because of environmental changes, switching to a thicker moisturizer before bed is important. We need to compensate for the change by adding more moisture to the skin and helping to retain it. Try to look for something that has shown to hydrate as well as being non-irritating and non-clogging to the pores and complexion. Moisturizing our skin is so important, we should do it at least 2 times a day. This is where we encourage you to splurge in order to get the product with the best outcome for your skin.
3. Use a lip Moisturizer and don’t forgot to add eye creams
If these two things weren’t already a part of your skincare regimen, they should be during the cooler months. Just as you should switch to a thicker moisturizer, adding these products moisturizes your lips and the skin around your eyes. Our skin does not like sudden transitions, and by adding lip and eye cream, it helps with this transition.
4. Don’t use exfoliants and retinoids as frequently
Decrease the use of exfoliants and retinoids—the reason for this, again, has to do with the drier and colder nature of the environment. Humidity and warm temperatures usually buffer the irritating effects of these topicals, probably because of increased oiliness of the skin. As the temperature drops and our skin gets drier and less oily- we need these treatments to help rid ourselves of the layers of dead dry skin that have been building up.
5. Just because you’re not at the beach doesn’t mean you stop using sunscreen
While UV radiation is greater during the summertime, it’s still present throughout all four seasons. “Sunscreen should be used at all times because it generally helps decrease the incoming UV radiation. UV radiation accelerates and increases the risk of skin cancer.
6. Add Vitamin C to your regimen
Vitamin C works double duty in the colder months and helps combat SPF rays that aren’t fully blocked by your sunscreen. It also evens skin pigmentation, which helps to boost collagen production resulting in a brighter complexion.
7. Add a humidifier into the mix
Along with your regular skincare regimen, dermatologists suggest investing in a humidifier during the fall and winter to boost hydration at home. Humidifiers add moisture to the air, and your skin constantly interfaces with the air. The more moisture in the air, the more moisture it’ll share with your skin.