As temperatures begin to drop, you should adapt your skin care routine accordingly. Skin is prone to dryness and irritation in cooler weather. Below I offer tips to help maintain smooth, hydrated skin during the fall.
1. Hydrate. Steamy showers may feel soothing in the cooler weather, but steam is a quick way to draw moisture from your skin. The moisture loss can strip the skin’s protective moisture barrier. A good rule of thumb: If your skin feels squeaky-clean, you’ve overdone it. To avoid this, you should use a moisturizer after showering to maintain hydration.
2. Look for ingredients that boost moisture. Dry skin is often synonymous with fall. Products with ingredients like hyaluronic acid seal moisture into the skin. Layering these ingredients onto the skin draws in moisture from the environment. This increases hydration in the skin.
3. Exfoliate weekly. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and leaves the skin smooth and radiant. Using a facial or body scrub allows the skin to detoxify, removing dirt, dead skin cells, and excess oil.
4. Use sunscreen. Sunscreen usage should continue into the fall. While the hours of sunlight change in the fall, UV rays still persist. Using sunscreen daily helps continually protect the skin from sun damage. Sunscreen should contain a minimum of SPF 15.
If you have any skin care tips you use in the fall, I’d love to hear about them in the comments!