Hello fall! Now that we’ve fully transitioned into the autumn season, it’s time we talk skin care! You may be wondering, “What’s the big deal about skin care in the fall?” I’ll tell ya!
During the summertime, the air is generally more humid than it is in the fall. Also, during the summer season, you’re typically outdoors a lot more and partaking in activities that cause you to sweat. All of these things help keep your skin from getting too dry.
Now that autumn is here, the temperatures have started falling—dropping pretty low in some places (unless, of course, you live in some utopia that’s sunny ALL year). So what does this colder, fall weather mean for your skin? The change in temperature, the gusty winds and the overall turbulent weather can cause your skin to go through changes as well. For some, their skin type may go from being oily to being dry or vice versa. For most, it calls for a change in skin care routine.
If you’ve noticed a change in your skin recently or you want to take preventative measures, check out our five skin care tips for fall.
1. Pay Attention to Your Skin
As mentioned previously, the drop in temperature may lead to changes in your skin. It’s important to pay close attention to your skin to ensure that your skin care routine is properly addressing your concerns. For example, your skin tends to produce less oil in colder weather, which leads to drier skin. The products that worked for you in the summer or in warmer weather may not work the same way for you in the fall.
2. Wear Your Sunscreen
It’s a fairly common belief that if there is no sun, then there’s no need to wear sunscreen. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Your skin actually needs protection from the sun year-round. Although the sun may be hidden behind layers and layers of clouds during colder seasons, those damaging UVA rays that can cause wrinkles, premature aging and skin cancer are present around the clock! As a general rule, you should apply sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) every day, even if you’re staying indoors.
3. Hydrate Your Skin and Your Body
With all the dry air around you this fall, it’s now more important than ever to stay hydrated both on the inside and the outside. Make a conscious effort to listen to your body and to drink water throughout the day. Water is your friend and your skin will thank you for giving it some H2O and TLC during the fall. Another way to hydrate your skin is by using face masks. Not only are they super fun and super cute, but they’re also a quick (and affordable!) way to bring your skin back to life.
4. Update Your Moisturizer
Not all moisturizers were created equal. Some are great for dry skin, while others are best for combination skin, etc. If you find that your skin is a bit dry after you apply your moisturizer, it may be time to switch it up for the fall season! Experts say that it’s best to use cream products in the colder weather as they “provide a stronger oily barrier, which means they both reduce water loss from the outer layer of skin and provide hydration to this layer of skin at the same time.” Now, that sounds like music to our ears.
While you’re at it, you should also look into your facial cleanser and toner (if you use one). You just want to make sure that you’re using the right product to care for the current state of your skin.
5. Exfoliate Your Skin
If you haven’t done so already, be sure to exfoliate your skin from head to toe! You want to get rid of any residue from the summer that may be causing your skin to look a little dry and dull. Be gentle when exfoliating. You don’t want to cause further damage to your skin by rubbing too aggressively or exfoliating too frequently. Start by exfoliating one time a week to see how your body responds to it and then adjust up or down from there.
Hopefully, these five tips will help you easily transition your skin care routine into the fall season.
If you have your own tips to share, be sure to write them below!