As the sun-drenched days of summer gradually give way to the cooler, crisper air of fall, it’s time to recalibrate your skincare routine. The changing seasons bring about shifts in humidity, temperature, and environmental factors, all of which can impact your skin’s health and appearance. What worked during the sweltering summer months may not provide the same benefits in the fall. Adapting your skincare regimen to these changes is essential for maintaining a radiant complexion throughout the seasonal transition.
David Petrillo is a Nevada-based cosmetic chemist and founder of www.perfectimage.com. He provides tips on how to keep your skin healthy and glowing as the season changes.
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Consider Retinol: Fall can be an excellent time to introduce retinol into your routine, as it helps with cell turnover and addressing fine lines.
Lip Care: Prevent chapped lips using a nourishing lip balm with shea butter, beeswax, or coconut oil.
Eye Cream Emphasis: The delicate skin around your eyes can become drier. Use a hydrating eye cream to maintain elasticity and prevent fine lines.
Layer Skincare Products: Layer lighter serums and essences under richer moisturizers to provide a barrier against the dry, cold air while ensuring effective hydration.
Sunscreen Continuation: While the sun’s intensity might decrease, UV rays are still present and can cause damage to your skin. Continue using broad-spectrum sunscreen daily to protect against harmful UV radiation.
Switch to a Heavier Night Cream: Use a richer night cream during the cooler months to nourish and repair your skin as you sleep.
Gentle Exfoliation: After months of sun exposure, exfoliation is essential to remove dead skin cells and promote skin renewal. Opt for gentle exfoliants to reveal a fresh layer of skin without irritating it.
Avoid Hot Showers: While hot showers might be tempting during the cooler months, they can strip your skin of its natural oils. Instead, use lukewarm water to prevent excessive dryness.
Introduce a Hydrating Serum: Invest in a hydrating serum containing ingredients like hyaluronic acid to help retain moisture and combat the drying effects of cooler weather.
Protect Your Hands and Feet: As the temperature drops, your hands and feet can become susceptible to dryness and cracking. Apply a moisturizing hand cream and foot cream regularly to keep them soft and well-nourished.
Adjust Cleansing: Consider switching to cream-based or oil-based cleansers during the fall. These cleansers are more hydrating and can help prevent stripping away too much moisture from your skin. Avoid using harsh cleansers that can further dry out your skin.
Introduce new actives: Autumn may be a good time to introduce new active ingredients into your skincare routine. Look for ingredients like vitamin C or retinol to address specific skincare concerns.
Hydrating your skin from the inside out is just as important as using topical products. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
If you’re using indoor heating during the fall, it can lead to dry indoor air. Using a humidifier can help maintain a more comfortable level of moisture in the air, which benefits your skin’s hydration.
If you experience any redness or irritation due to the changing weather, look for products with soothing ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, or centella asiatica (cica) to calm your skin.