Fall is finally here. It’s time to change the clothes in your wardrobe to knee-length pencil skirts, motorcycle leather jackets, and animal print handbags, says Vogue. It’s also time to change your skincare products, says @dermdoc.
Most of us associate changing seasons with changing wardrobes, but it’s also the time to evaluate your skincare routine. Humid, warm air will change to dry, cool air like greens to reds on maple trees. Your skin is a living organ and actively responds to these environmental changes.
- Dry air means your skin will produce more oils to protect itself.
- Cool air means that previously flushed skin will pale.
- Less sun means that thick skin will shrink.
- Less ultraviolet B light means that tanned skin will fade to allow for maximum vitamin D production.
When you start packing away your shorts and spaghetti strap dresses, remember that your skin needs you to pack away some of your summer products.
- Dryer, thinner skin is more sensitive; consider exfoliating less frequently. Some scrubs or at-home microdermabrasions should be reduced to once every few days or week.
- Some retinoids like Retin-A or Renova, can be reduced from every day to every other day to minimize irritation in fall and winter.
- Listen to your skin. Is it increasingly red and stinging as the weather changes? You might have to stop some peels or toners completely until springtime.
- Consider switching soapy facial washes to soothing or creamy facial cleansers.
- Change from a lotion moisturizer to a cream moisturizer. If you haven’t moisturized every day, then you should start now.
- Use a facial moisturizer, particularly if you’re prone to acne or have excessively dry facial skin.
- Depending on how far north you live and on your skin tone, you might be able to cut back on sunscreen for winter. Although complete sun protection is the best way minimize all damage to your skin, wearing sunscreen year-round may not be necessary. If you’re not sure, talk to your dermatologist.
- Remember that even in winter, at high altitudes and where the ground is covered with snow, ultraviolet light can be strong, more like summertime sun. So you always need sunblock when skiing or snowboarding.
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