Autumn is upon us — we’ve got apple picking on the mind, pumpkin spice is back in season and the air is turning crisp! Fall is an exciting time, but don’t let the excitement distract you from updating your skin care regimen. After the intense heat and humidity of summer, it’s important to give your skin the recovery, protection and radiance it needs to keep you looking and feeling your best. But transitioning from summer to fall skin care doesn’t have to be overwhelming!
Your skin care tweaks will depend on your skin type as well as your aesthetic goals and your skin concerns. Ready to level up your seasonal skin care? Let’s get started:
For those with dry skin, moisturizing is key.
As we move from summer into autumn, humidity levels drop pretty quickly, which can exacerbate dry skin. In the absence of moisture in the air and the addition of cold, windy weather, your skin will need extra help staying hydrated. Preserving your skin’s barrier is crucial.
● Switch from a lightweight moisturizer to a rich, ointment-type moisturizer.
● Get monthly facials and work with a medical aesthetician to customize a skincare regimen.
● Consider investing in a humidifier.
For those with oily skin, try a gentle cleanser.
With the switch in seasons, those with oily skin may experience some natural relief — they’re often less likely to experience breakouts thanks to dryer weather and lower humidity. With this in mind, it’s still critical to keep up with your skin care regimen.
● Wash your face with a gentle cleanser.
● Use a moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid (HA), which helps the skin retain water without causing breakouts.
● Opt for noncomedogenic products, as they’re unlikely to clog pores.
● Use exfoliating agents sparingly — once or twice a month is adequate.
Certain skin care advice applies to ALL skin types.
No matter what your skin type might be, there are several rules to keep in mind regarding what products to keep in your regimen in autumn and beyond.
● Use a lip moisturizer to avoid chapped, cracked lips.
● Use an eye cream to combat dryness.
● Continue applying SPF 30+ sunscreen — sun damage is still a risk, even with a lower UV index.
● Try vitamin C to enhance sun protection, even out pigmentation and boost collagen production.