You can transition your skincare routine from summer to fall by changing your skincare products, focusing on removing the buildup of dead skin cells, and boosting hydration. Many people use the same skincare routine all year round, however, just as cooler temperatures bring about wardrobe changes, we should also recognize the benefits to transitioning to a fall-friendly skincare routine.
Fall weather can trigger several undesirable skin changes, like dry skin and acne due to a drop in humidity and temperature. Fortunately, you can overcome these problems by tweaking your fall skincare routine.
Reduce your risk of cold weather acne
Summertime often causes acne flare-ups since the heat and humidity result in a higher rate of oil and sweat production. This clogs the pores and causes breakouts. Because of this, it’s often thought that cooler weather brings relief from acne. Unfortunately, cold weather acne is all too common.
With the harsh autumnal winds, lower temperatures, and reduced humidity, your skin’s lipid layer can suffer from dehydration. Since the lipid layer helps protect the skin and maintain its resiliency, it can increase the risk of acne if it is damaged.
You can reduce your risk of developing cold weather acne by gently exfoliating your skin. This is particularly important because summer weather can result in a buildup of dead skin cells. Use a gentle exfoliator that scrubs away those dead skin cells without depleting your skin’s moisture.
Switch to a gentler cleanser
Your skin will naturally begin to produce less oil as the cooler temperatures set in. Because of this, it isn’t necessary to use an intense, foaming cleanser. Instead, look for a sulfate-free cleanser that doesn’t produce much lather. For additional moisturizing, another option to consider is a cream-based cleansing lotion that’s pH-balanced for your skin.
Proactively combat dry skin
The cooler temperatures and the dry indoor air will work together to dehydrate your skin. Take proactive steps to soothe and hydrate your skin by applying an alcohol-free toner followed by a moisturizer after cleansing. During the fall and into the winter, you’ll want to use a heavier, richer moisturizer than you would use during the summertime. Look for one that contains skin-friendly ingredients like ceramides.
Continue to use products with SPF
Many people stop being conscientious about using sun protective factors (SPF) when the summer months fade. However, it’s critical to remember that the sun’s rays aren’t affected by temperature—they will continue to damage the skin year-round! That said, it’s essential to use an SPF product on exposed skin every time you head outdoors—regardless of what time of year it is. Remember to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours, too.
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