As the weather cools down and the leaves start to change color it’s time to start thinking about transitioning your skin care routine from the hot summer months to the brisk fall ones. A little planning and perhaps a little shopping are all you need to do in order to make sure your skin looks and feels great as the seasons change.
Repairing Summer Damage
Though the summer sun feels great it can do a number on our skin – causing dehydration, dark spots, and if you’re unlucky red, flaky skin from a sunburn. With the sun becoming less strong during the day and because you are naturally going to be spending less time outdoors during the fall this is the time to start correcting the damage summer has done to your skin. Specifically I would recommend using an at-home peel or starting a series of professional peels with an esthetician. Chemical peels can contain a variety of different types of acids but the bottom line is that they will remove damaged skin and help your skin rejuvenate itself after too much time outdoors.
This is also the time to start thinking about what products you want to use in order to treat dark spots and fine lines. Fall and winter present a paradox when it comes to skin care since on one hand you can use stronger products since you’ll be outdoors less but on the other hand these products may dry out your skin. So do start using a retinol product to fight both aging and dark spots but consider using a drugstore product, just as effective over the long-run as prescription retinoid but with fewer side effects, to start.
As fall takes hold our skin can easily become more dry. Switch both your facial and body moisturizer to a creamier product. Make sure to moisturize when your skin is still a little bit damp in order to help seal moisture into your skin. In order to make sure your skin is correctly absorbing your moisturizer be sure to get into the habit of exfoliating regularly and gently. For your body exfoliation consider dry brushing. Use a moisturizing body wash in the shower and switch from a foaming cleanser to a lotion or creamy cleanser for your face. Look for ingredients like oatmeal and jojoba which soothe and moisturize the skin.
If you feel that your skin is especially dry or tight add a moisturizing serum to your routine. This serum can be applied on bare skin after cleansing in the morning or the evening in order to give yourself an extra boost of moisture. You can also consider using a facial oil instead of a traditional moisturizer in order to get that needed extra moisture to your skin. Facial oils come in many different variations including ones for oily skin. And don’t forget your lips. This is the season when lips start to dry out and chap.
Still Use Your Sunscreen
Just because you are going to be spending less time outdoors doesn’t mean that you should stop applying sunscreen on a daily basis. All the time clients tell me: “I’m never outdoors why do I need a sunscreen?” And I always ask in response: “Do you drive to and from work? Does your office have a window?”. Just that small amount time spent in the sun daily adds up. Adds up to what? Wrinkles, dark spots, and overall skin damage. So just because the sun doesn’t shine quite as bright during the fall shouldn’t mean you need to put away your sunscreen.