Preparing your Skin for the Fall Season
Fall is right around the corner! It’s high time we talk skin. That tricky time in between seasons is almost upon us. Gone are the sun-drenched, high humidity afternoons, and in their place, wispy, dry winds, causing the onslaught of parched lips, cracked cuticles, and yes, transitional skin.
There is no single beauty routine that fits everyone throughout the year, just as there is no one-size-fits-all for most of our clothing. Colder weather comes with some drawbacks in the skin care department. You might wonder why your skin feels a tighter than the usual after cleansing and moisturizing. Did you miss a step in your skin care regimen? Did you hydrate properly? You probably did your summertime routine perfectly, but the weather is changing, which means that your skincare game needs to follow suit.
Let’s revisit our skin care regimen and update our skin care routine for fall by making the necessary adjustments. This will ensure that our skin adapts to the temperature and humidity that comes with the change in season.
1. Do not stop using sunscreen.
Sun protection is critical all year round. Don’t make the mistake of not using sunscreen when fall rolls around. Just because it is less sunny and the weather is cooler doesn’t mean that your skin won’t get affected by the damaging UVA and UVB rays. Continue to wear sunscreen daily, even during cloudy days. Invest in a good, broad spectrum sunscreen. There are primers that contain SPF that is 30 or higher if you are not fond of using a separate sunscreen. Don’t forget to reapply at least every two hours, especially after sweating.
2. Be mindful of the moisturizer to use.
You probably use a lightweight moisturizer during summer. But during fall, the cooler weather brings dry air, so it is best to switch to a product that is creamier and heavier. Pile on the moisture! Take your skin’s moisture levels up a notch by going for a thicker cream. The facial, super lightweight lotions that you have used during summer can’t provide your skin with the moisture it needs for cooler weather. Creams will give your skin a better barrier to help lock moisture in. Using overnight masks are a wonderful way to help your skin transition into the cooler months. Consider swapping your hardening masks made with kaolin or clay in favor of those formulated with moisturizing ingredients, such as ceramides and hyaluronic acid.
3. Don’t forget to exfoliate, but take it easy.
The fall season can make anyone’s skin a bit drier than the usual, and this makes the dead skin cells accumulate faster. Dry skin is also a bit more susceptible to damage. If your skin is rough and dry from a summer filled with outdoor activities, slathering on the richest moisturizer won’t help your skin. Removing the skin’s dead skin cells by regular exfoliation is a must, but take it a bit easy when you do. Over-exfoliating will over-stimulate and irritate your skin. Keep your skin looking fresh by exfoliating at least once a week. Be sure to apply serum and moisturizer right after.
4. Your eyes too, need more attention.
The skin around your eyes is especially fragile. There are lightweight eye creams that are moisturizing enough for day use and special formulations that can be used at night. While sunglasses are hailed as a chic summer accessory, you should also be sporting a nice pair that blocks the damaging UVA and UVA rays regardless of the season.
5. Hydrate, and eat right.
Dry, colder weather is dehydrating to the skin. Nourish your skin from the inside by boosting your water intake. Fall is typically a busy time, and it’s easy to fall off the healthy eating wagon. Stay in the right track by sticking with foods that are rich in antioxidants and fatty acids. Stock up on carrots, cucumbers, blueberries, and greens. Seafood such as salmon and oysters are rich in fatty acids.
6. Care for your lips and the rest of your skin too.
You may have lapsed on lip balm and body lotions during the summer season, so it’s time to stock up once more. Chlorine and the summer heat may have left your lips cracked and dry. Nourish them back to health with moisture. Use a gentle scrub (you can use olive oil, sugar, warm water, and a soft washcloth) to help smooth out cracked lips, and follow with a moisturizing lip balm to leave your lips soft and supple.
‘Cleaning’ shouldn’t be limited during the spring season. Fall is just as a good time as any to ditch your summer skin care products that are past their prime. And anytime you change your skincare regimen – say, introduce a new product - your skin will need some time adapting to the change. So make gradual product changes, and watch how your skin responds with every change.