Autumn is in full swing now (hello pumpkin spice latte!). You may think you don’t need to change your skin care routine based on the time of year, but that’s not true. With the cooler temperatures, the air is drier and so is your skin. If you combine the drier air with dry air from heaters, it can be a real pain for people with eczema or dry, itchy skin. Here are some tips for how to deal with this.
Switch Up Your Moisturizer
If you are someone who wears moisturizer throughout the year, when the temperatures drop and the wind picks up, it may be a good time to switch to a heavier moisturizer with ingredients that are more hydrating. If during the warmer summer months, you were only using a serum, you may want to consider a gel-based cream. In order to help fade the evidence of sun spots, you also might want to consider swapping out the serum for one that targets hyperpigmentation.
Keep the Sunscreen Around
During the warmer summer months, everyone becomes hyper-aware of the fact that they need to wear sunscreen. But just because the fall has begun doesn’t mean you can forget to wear sunscreen when you are out in the sun.
Scrub it Out
The best way to treat parched and flaky skin is to use a skin-sloughing agent, which will stimulate natural oil production. To treat those areas, it’s a great idea to use a face or body scrub about once or twice a week. You might want to try a gentler option for your face. Your pores may be filled with sweat and dirt from the summer, and they could likely use some good exfoliation.
Consider Your Cleanser
While exfoliating helps you to reset, your cleanser helps you to maintain cleanliness. Don’t use anything soapy or sudsy that strips your skin of moisture. Switch to a more nourishing cleanser to make up for the lack of moisture in the crisp fall air.
Listen to Your Skin
Regardless of the seasons, skin is constantly changing and adapting to external and internal changes. It’s important to be aware and to listen to your skin for the signs that it’s not getting what it needs.
It’s important to make adjustments in your skin care routine throughout the year. Your skin is affected differently by different seasons, and it’s crucial to change your skin care routine accordingly.