With the changing of the season brings cooler weather, less humidity, and earlier nightfalls—and accordingly, the need to reevaluate your skincare routine. In today’s post, we’re sharing five ways to help you adjust your skincare routine for fall. Check it out!
Why do you need to switch up your routine?
The first question you’re likely wondering is: why do I need to change my current skincare routine? The answer is: skin has to adapt to the changing temperatures, lower humidity, and reduced amount of daylight and UV ray exposure. This adjustment period can cause breakouts as the skin works to recalibrate to a new environment. Typically in the fall and winter, skin tends to be more dry and sensitive. Because of that, adjusting your skincare routine with a few easy changes can make a world of difference for your skin. Read on to find out what changes we recommend!
1. Sunscreen is still a must.
Don’t toss your sunscreen in the trash just yet. Just because there is less daylight and reduced exposure to harmful ultraviolet lights, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be wearing sunscreen at all. Sunscreen is a year-round recommendation—ask any dermatologist, and they will agree. What you can do is lower the SPF protection or wear a lighter SPF sunscreen in the fall. In the Summer, it’s recommended to boost your SPF and to reapply sunscreen throughout the day. In the fall, you can get away with a lower protection and only reapplying when you’re outside for long periods of time. A lighter sunscreen will still protect you without feeling too thick or adding too much of a thick layer underneath makeup.
2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
Next up, now is the time to slather on the moisturizer. The cooler months can turn even the healthiest skin dry and flakey. We call this rule the 3 ‘M’s’: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! If in the summer you wear moisturizer only at night, add one additional application of it in the morning. It’s a good time to switch to a thicker, cream-based moisturizer for a longer-lasting, deep hydration.
3. Now is the time for intensive skincare repair.
The fall and winter months are the perfect time to do more intensive skincare treatments like chemical peel treatments and laser applications. The reasoning here is twofold—first, now is the time to do repair work on your skin from the impacts of summer and significant UV ray exposure and second, intensive aesthetic treatments go deep into the skin and stimulate cell turnover so your skin will need adequate time to heal and to be out of the sun as much as possible. So, now is the time to schedule a facial or chemical peel to help repair your skin.
4. Reduce exfoliation.
Exfoliation is an important part of any skincare routine, but in the fall and winter dermatologists recommend reducing the amount of times you exfoliate each week. Exfoliating helps remove sweat, oils, or dead skin cells that can build up and cause break-outs. But, too much of it can lead to sensitivity, irritation and redness—and doing so in cooler months, when skin is already more sensitive, can actually cause more breakouts and damage to the skin. These are the months to give your skin a break from daily exfoliators and switch to 1x or 2x a week instead.
5. Say yes to facial oils.
Add a facial oil, like vitamin c, Jojoba, tea tree, and squalane oil to your skincare routine in the fall for added moisture. In the summer months, doing so might be too heavy on your skin and lead to clogged pores, but in the fall months when skin is naturally lacking moisture, facial oils are a great way to give your skin an extra boost of hydration. Facial oils also contain antioxidants and essential oils that can help reduce the signs of aging and strengthen skin elasticity. It’s a win-win for facial oils in the fall!
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