When the weather cools down and our love affair with all things pumpkin spice heats up, most of us instinctively switch out our wardrobes. We pack away our shorts and playsuits and bring out our stockings and heaviest coats. However, not everyone realizes that it’s equally important to give your skincare routine a seasonal overhaul. Your skin needs change with the weather, so your product usage should too.
Here are five simple ways you can transform your skincare routine for fall.
1) Switch Up Your Moisturizer
Summer tends to exacerbate our skin’s sebum production, so we recommend using a light-weight moisturizer to help prevent acne while keeping the skin hydrated. However, fall weather is generally a lot more drying. If you’ve been using a light moisturizer or a serum, now is the time to swap it out for a rich, heavy-duty moisturizer. This will help protect your skin from harsh winds and the biting cold that can quickly dry it out.
Caveat: The cooler weather doesn’t mean you’re immune from skin problems. Keep up with your acne-prevention routine, and alter it as necessary. If you need help, resist the urge to grab any shelf product with pretty packaging. Instead, do your research, read up on balanced OTC Clearasil, Neutrogena and Proactive reviews and consult a skin-care specialist if necessary.
2) Don’t Skip Sunscreen
One product you should never switch out with the seasons is sunscreen. Even when you can’t see the sun, harmful UV rays are still able to penetrate your skin. This can lead to premature aging, discoloration and sun spots or even melanoma. For fall, look for a product that contains hydrators (like hyaluronic acid) and antioxidants such as vitamin C or E. These ingredients will nourish your skin and prevent dryness while offering protection. Choose a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and broad-spectrum for maximum protection.
3) Make Time to Exfoliate
Fall and winter can really take their toll on our skin. Harsh weather conditions lead to dryness and irritation. One way to encourage your skin to refresh and renew itself is to exfoliate. Gentle exfoliating not only scrubs away dead skin cells and unblocks the pores, but it also stimulates new cell turnover to leave you with healthier, more radiant looking skin. If you’ve got sensitive skin, opt for a non-grainy formula, as rough ingredients can create micro-tears in delicate skin.
4) Mix up Your Makeup
One of the greatest parts about a new season is the different makeup styles you can experiment with. Fall is the perfect time to rock all those moody mauves and wild, wintery hues you’ve been missing. Pair a bold, statement lip with a flick of eyeliner or glam up your evening look with dusty pink lips and plum smokey eyes. Nails? Black and burgundy never go out of fashion in fall!
5) Help your Circulation
As nice as the cooler temperatures are when we’re curled up by the fire, they can wreak havoc on our circulation. A lack of blood flow to the face can leave the skin looking sallow and blotchy. One way to combat this and preserve your glow is to apply a face oil to your skin. The gentle, circular movements of your fingers during application will softly increase circulation and warm your skin to improve blood flow. Look for products with ingredients such as ginger root and seaweed for added assistance.
When the seasons change, it’s just as important to switch up your skincare routine as it is to update your wardrobe. With these five simple tips, you can effortlessly upgrade your skincare routine for fall and maintain that summer glow all year round!