Fall brings many changes as the season ushers in cooler weather (hello, sweaters!) and a drop in humidity (goodbye, frizz!), making it likely you’re looking for some tips for healthy skin. With the changing weather, gone is the heat and humidity of summer, which helped keep your skin supple and hydrated.
Now there’s a new kid in town: cooler temperatures, which pull humidity from the air and in turn, your skin, causing a drier, more parched appearance and itchy, rough or flaky skin. These fall skin-care tips for healthy skin will help the transition to a new season leave you looking beautiful and fresh.
Use a Heavier Moisturizer
If you’re currently using a gel moisturizer, here’s a good tip to help make up for the lack of moisture in the air: switch to a different product. A lotion can provide more than a gel, and a cream can even go a step further. If you have acne, a hyaluronic acid gel added underneath your regular moisturizer can help manage the breakouts.
Examine Your Exfoliation
If you’re someone who likes to slough off the dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin, it might do more harm than good and further irritate dry skin. It all depends on your skin type. It’s important to heed these tips for healthy skin.
If the colder weather has made your skin super sensitive, just a washcloth may be enough to exfoliate your skin. If that’s not enough, you may consider adding a mild chemical exfoliator to the mix. But remember: exfoliating can further dry you out. If you can’t resist scrubbing, be gentle and use small, circular motions for no more than about 30 seconds. Avoid exfoliating entirely if you have cracks or open wounds, and always rinse with lukewarm, not hot, water.
Add Moisture Back
Take control and put back what nature takes away. Some fall skin-care tips include using a portable humidifier, or seeing if your home heating system includes a humidifier of its own. You can also trap moisture in your bathroom by keeping the door closed while you shower or bathe. And while we all love cozying up to a crackling fireplace or other soothing heat sources when we’re cold, try to keep your distance, since sitting too close can further dry your skin.
Moisturize Your Body
Cooler temps and lower humidity can draw moisture from your skin and make it itchy or flaky. It may even react by cracking and bleeding if it gets too dry—all good reasons to replenish lost moisture. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests applying moisturizer immediately after you wash so that your body can better absorb and trap the moisture. Trade in your lotion for an ointment or cream—look for one that contains shea butter, olive oil, or jojoba oil, which are less irritating and more effective. Other helpful ingredients to look for in a body moisturizer include glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil, lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acid, and petrolatum.
Limit Water Exposure
Because it can be drying, take shorter baths or showers with warm (rather than hot) water, and blot, rather than rub your skin to dry it. Make sure you’re washing with a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser and protecting your skin when you go outside in the winter. This means wearing gloves and scarves!
Try a Better Solution
Since dry skin can make fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable, transitioning to fall skin care is the perfect opportunity to get tighter, more youthful skin. Tempsure™ Envi is an FDA-cleared skin tightening* treatment that uses radiofrequency to minimize the appearance of facial wrinkles on your forehead, frown lines, crow’s feet, smile lines, chin and around your eyes. It’s safe for all skin types.
Preparing for the changing seasons means more than just updating your wardrobe—it means updating your skin-care routine as well!
*Through soft tissue coagulation