Taking special care of your skin during the harsh seasons of summer and winter makes sense. But what about those in-between seasons, like the fall? Transitioning out of your summer care routine and into something more appropriate for the cooler, more indoor-bound months of the year is important. Help your skin to adjust to the changing weather while you care for its changing needs. Follow these tips for a healthy skincare routine appropriate for the fall.
Correct Summer Damage
Sure, you’ve been using sunscreen all summer and trying to protect your skin against the heat, humidity, and other elements. Even so, your skin may have sustained some damage from the cruel summer weather and the exposure you faced during those months. As the temperatures cool, look to your fall skincare routine to get some much-needed exfoliation and moisturizing done.
Three Switches to Make for Fall
According to A Woman’s Health, you should be ready to start switching your care routine up to include some more fall-appropriate products. Make these swaps for a healthier and happier autumn:
- Replace your fragrance-laden soaps, which can leave your skin extra dry. Opt for a soap-free, hydrating cleanser to get better results for your skin, head to toe.
- Add a good, oil-based exfoliator to your routine. Scrub away the dry, flakiness caused by chlorine and sun exposure this summer. Do one full body scrub at the beginning of fall and then keep it as part of your regular rotation, once a week or so.
- Swap your lotion for cream, which gives you better hydration. The air is going to get cooler and drier, so your skin will feel its effects. Opt for something more emollient to spread on your skin and nourish its needs.
Caring for Hands, Feet, & Lips Too!
Your face and body aren’t the only parts of you that might suffer after a long summer. A Woman’s Health advises you to pick up a good lip protector to prevent chapping and add moisture as needed. You’ll also want to carry a good hand cream around with you, since your hands take a beating from cold, dry weather too. Pick up something with a shea butter, cocoa butter, or vitamin E base to get crack-proof hands all fall and winter long!
Don’t Pack Up the Sunscreen
You might be tempted to stow that beach bag and all those supplies in the closet until next summer, but don’t get ahead of yourself. Sunscreen is just as important to wear daily during the fall. Whether you’re hiking, going for a cool morning jog, or just running some errands, your skin is at risk to the damaging UVA rays (which age your skin prematurely) and UVB rays (which burn your skin). Real Beauty recommends you fight skin cancer and other damage all year long with a minimum of an SPF 15 each and every day. Look for it in your moisturizer or makeup if you want to skip a step.
- A Woman’s Health. Fall Skin Care Tips.
- Real Beauty. Healthy Fall Skin Tips.
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