As the seasons change, so should your skin care routine. The products you apply to your skin should cater to your skin type as well as your environment. For instance, in the summer you most likely reduced your moisturizer application or switched to a lighter moisturizer. On the other hand, the cold winter climate can dry out your skin. Therefore, you want to use products that are heavily hydrating to prevent flaking or irritation.
Now that summer is over, it’s important to help your skin easily transition into autumn. There are simple steps you can take to protect your skin during the fall season and keep it looking healthy and radiant.
Switch to a Thicker Cleanser
In the fall, you want to use a gentle, thick, creamy cleanser when you wash your face. Using a cleanser with this type of consistency will help your skin remain moisturized. During the colder months, people tend to lather on products with thick formulas, which can be beneficial but can also clog pores. Make sure your skin care products contain natural oils that won’t clog your pores.
Exfoliating consistently will give your skin that bright, natural glow you desire. However, you don’t want to over-exfoliate, thus stripping the skin of its natural oils. Exfoliating twice a week during colder months will get rid of dead skin cells and any bacteria that may lie on the skin’s surface, without leaving your skin dry and irritated. Use an exfoliator that increases hydration for an extra boost!
Apply Body Lotion and Lip Balm
The colder months will naturally be harsher on your skin. Besides taking care of your face, you also need to remember to tend to your entire body. You may have been more lenient on applying lotion in the summer, but now that fall has arrived, make sure to stock up. Again, use lotions with rich formulas in order to keep your skin moisturized, and apply your favorite lip balm before bed so your lips stay hydrated during the night.
Reduce your Bath Time
Although it may be relaxing and tempting to take hot baths, reduce your bath time for the sake of your skin as soaking in a hot bath for an extended period will dry it out. If you’re in deep need of a bath, make sure to keep the water lukewarm.
Nina Gaetano, BS, PA-C, is the Medical Director of Bella Sol Med Spa