With the long summer beach days sadly starting to dwindle away, it’s time to change up your skincare routine to help your skin recuperate after the inevitable damage from the summer sun. Even if you were diligent with the application of your SPF, any extensive sun exposure you may have enjoyed this summer can lead to wrinkles, skin discoloration, dehydration, and even increased chances of skin cancer. So, what can you do this fall to help?
The best way to kick-start your fall skincare routine is by changing up the way you moisturize your face and body. As we head into the colder months, the skin becomes naturally drier due to the decrease in humidity in the air. Fall is, therefore, a crucial time to add that thick oil-based moisturizer (that you may have skipped a lot this summer) back into your routine. This will not only help combat skin dehydration, but there’s the added benefit of your skin looking plumper. Note that the best time for you to apply moisturizer is directly after a shower when pores are open and can fully absorb the product.
If you’re looking for additional day-to-day hydration boosts, be sure to drink plenty of fluids and you may even consider investing in a humidifier. This is a relatively inexpensive way to add moisture to the air (and requires little to no effort on your part- always a plus). This can really help combat the effects of the dry, fall air.
In addition to amping up your moisturizing and hydration game, be sure to cut back on exfoliation. Exfoliating the skin during the drier months can really irritate the skin. Instead, try adding the occasional face mask, chemical peel or facial to your routine. These treatments can reduce dark spots, sunspots, and dry spots, and will help stimulate the collagen in the skin.
An important factor that often goes overlooked in the colder months is SPF. It’s easy to skimp on SPF since you are likely no longer spending your days at the beach or by a pool, but the sun can still cause damage even in the colder months (ever seen a snowboarder with a sunburn?). Try to continue the habit of applying daily SPF to the face in combination with your moisturizer, or cut the application time in half by using moisturizer that has a SPF in it.
Skincare doesn’t have to be boring or hard. In order to make it easier to change your routine, it helps to take little steps each week. Over time, your new skincare routine will become an everyday task that you did not even realize changed!