Taking care of your skin in the fall can oftentimes be overlooked in your day-to-day life. Summer is over and winter has not yet begun, but there are specific things to keep in mind to keep your skin radiant and ready for the cooler months. It’s been a strange fall so far here in Southern California as we’ve been breaking high temperature records. I’m not complaining, but I do love the cool, crisp air of fall. Because of the heat, I’ve been even more aware of my skin’s needs.
Daily moisturizing is key to retaining your skin’s elasticity and health. This not only means applying lotion to your skin on the outside, but also staying hydrated on the inside. Make sure to drink plenty of water so your body can run at its optimal level as water will help your body feel so good. The skin is your largest organ, so don’t forgo the benefits of staying hydrated.
Even on cloudy days it’s very important to apply sunscreen daily. I like to use a face primer lotion containing SPF. Make sure you use a product with a 15 SPF at minimum.
Reassess Your Cleansing Products
If you opt for fruity shower gels in the summer, it may be a good time to pull out creamier body washes for the fall and winter. Keep in mind that weekly exfoliation can be helpful as well.
Restore Your Lips to Soft and Supple
If the summer sun and chlorine have left your lips dry and cracked, nourish them back to health with concentrated moisture. A gentle scrub will help smooth out dry, cracked lips and leave them soft and supple. For daily use, opt for an anti-aging lip product.
This is key to keeping dry skin at bay. Bear in mind that moisturizing after bathing is a great way to seal in moisture. If you’re like me and are always in a hurry, try a spray moisturizer. You can spritz it on quickly and take care of business in no time.
Don’t forget to keep your feet moisturized, too. I recommend stashing a bottle of moisturizer in the glove box of your car so if you’ve forgotten to moisturize, you can get it done quickly before leaving the car!
Nina Gaetano, BS, PA-C, is the Medical Director of Bella Sol Med Spa