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Fall Skincare Tips: Updating Your Skincare Routine for Fall
The changing of seasons from summer to fall is always exciting. Pumpkins, sweaters, and the changing leaves put us all in a great mood! But with these weather changes, the new fall air can cause your skin to react negatively.
In the summer, the air is moist and warm, and this allows your skin to retain its hydration and protect itself against pollutants from the air. When the temperature drops drastically during fall, your skin reacts by becoming dry, itchy, and tight. This dehydration in the skin can lead to seasonal breakouts. To protect yourself from this dryness, irritation, and potential acne, you should update your routine for the fall months.
Below are 8 tips you can include in your skincare routine to avoid the consequences from the colder, drier air.
- 1. Heavy Moisturizer: Switch your light low-coverage moisturizer used in the summer with one that is heavy and rich in hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule produced in the body that helps the skin retain and bind water molecules. Hyaluronic acid’s main job is to keep tissue hydrated and lubricated. So, by using a product that’s high in it, your skin will be moist and healthy. Be sure to purchase products that are non-comedogenic to avoid breakouts as well.
- 2. Less Exfoliation: Using harsh scrubbing techniques and/or products containing microbeads on your skin daily in the colder months will irritate your skin more than clear it out. Stick to exfoliating once or twice a week to remove the dead skin cells on your face and moisturize immediately after to keep the new skin cells hydrated.
- 3. Lip Moisturizer: As mentioned before, our skin does not react well to immediate changes in temperature and humidity. Your lips are especially sensitive to these changes and to keep them from cracking, splitting, and bleeding, use a lip balm/moisturizer that is dermatologist approved for best results.
- 4. Add a Humidifier: As the weather outside gets cooler, we turn up the heat inside. Heating systems make your indoor environment even drier. To combat this, using a humidifier will add hydration in your air. You can also purchase certain plants that boost the moisture in your air. Some plants to consider are areca palm, rubber plant, peace lily, English ivy, and spider plants.
- 5. Vitamin C: Products that contain Vitamin C work to repair sun-damaged skin that you might have experienced during the summer. Other benefits of Vitamin C include increased collagen production, reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, and aids in improving skin tone and color.
- 6. Body Lotion: When it comes to skincare, we sometimes forget to give our bodies as much love as we give to our faces. Your whole body is just as susceptible to becoming dry, cracked, and irritated so it is important to take care of it. Apply body lotions that contain glycerin, fatty acids, and peptides immediately after you shower to lock in the moisture.
- 7. Fall Foods for Skin: Seasonal fall superfoods that benefit your skin should be included in your diet. Pumpkins contain alpha-hydroxy acids, Vitamins A, C, and E, Beta-carotene, magnesium, zinc, and Omega3 fatty acids. Each of these different nutrients play a role in keeping your skin youthful, hydrated, and fight free radicals in your body.
Pomegranates, beets, cranberries, apples, and brussels sprouts are all packed with different nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that boost your immune system, increase collagen production, and improve skin complexion.
- 8. Sunscreen, always: During the colder months, you might think to skip sunscreen application as the sun is rarely hitting your skin. However, UV rays can still get through the clouds and onto your skin which will cause unwanted sun spots, wrinkles, and skin sagging. Continue using a sunscreen that is at least 30 SPF to protect yourself.
As a full-service pharmacy with a Dermatology focus, we are here for you season after season. Feel free to contact us at any time to discuss your skincare routine!
As the weather changes, be sure to get outside and enjoy the colors, holidays, and foods of fall! And remember to give your skin a little extra love to keep it hydrated and healthy.