The Best Fall Skincare Tips
Changing seasons can mean your skin has different needs, and fall weather is no exception. It can irritate existing skin problems or cause new conditions to appear, such as dry skin. The fall season will often start with nice temperatures that bring people together at sports events and outdoor festivities. This cold weather, however, can also draw moisture from the air and your skin. For this reason, it’s important to make adjustments to your regimen. Here are 10 of the best ways to keep your skin hydrated and flourishing this fall season.
1. Avoiding Long, Hot Showers
When exposed to temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit), the skin begins to lose moisture. This can cause it to become dry, red, cracked, and itchy. Hot showers and baths can dry out your skin through this process, which can cause redness and cracking. Make sure to use lukewarm water in the shower or bath, and limit your time.
2. Use Mild Soaps
Dry, flaky skin can be the result of harsh soap that strips moisture. Try switching to a milder, unscented soap for both your body and face to prevent moisture loss.
3. Moisturize Daily
The dryer weather during the fall season can strip away the moisture from your skin. This makes it even more important to moisturize regularly. Consider using both humectant and emollient moisturizers to restore and seal in moisture.
4. Use a Humidifier
Homes can become especially dry inside during the fall and winter (where you’re most likely spending most of your time). Use a humidifier, especially in your bedroom, to restore some moisture to the air and prevent dryness.
5. Wear Sunscreen Daily
Summer is not the only time of year to worry about sun damage. The sun’s damaging effects are lifelong, and they can cause premature aging and skin cancer. Even when it’s cool outside, wear sunscreen that contains SPF 30 or higher – and make sure to wear it daily (even if you’re inside)!
Dead skin cells can create a barrier that makes it hard to maintain healthy and hydrated skin. Consider gently exfoliating once or twice per week with a gentle scrubber. If this is too harsh for your skin, consider a chemical exfoliant like glycolic acid.
7. Don’t Neglect Your Elbows and Feet
Aside from keeping your skin hydrated, it’s also important to nourish your feet and elbows, since these areas tend to lose moisture fast. To keep your skin hydrated, apply a thick, hydrating moisturizer overnight on your arms, legs, and body. This can help you restore moisture overnight where you’ll be less likely to wash or rub it off.
8. Apply Quality Hand Cream
Not only are your hands drier during cooler temperatures, but they’re also prone to cracking and other skin issues. Make sure to moisturize your hands before bed and regularly throughout the day – consider keeping your favorite hand cream at your desk or workspace so you remember to reapply regularly.
9. Dress Appropriately For The Weather
When it’s cold outside, wearing long sleeves and protective clothing can help keep your skin from getting dry. However, staying in the sun is still dangerous. Nylon, cotton, and silk are the most UV-blocking materials so they can help prevent sun damage and resulting dryness.
10. Eat Healthy And Balanced Meals
Some of the most popular fall traditions include sugary treats, which can have a negative impact on your skin. Although you should absolutely enjoy your favorite fall foods and drinks, make sure to balance your intake with plenty of whole foods like fruits, veggies, lean protein, healthy fats, and whole grains.
Schedule an Appointment
One of the best ways to care for your skin over the fall and winter months is by exploring your options with an experienced skincare professional. To learn more and create a customized treatment plan to take care of your skin, contact Michigan Advanced Aesthetics by calling or filling out our online form.